Continuing Education - PTSD: National Center for PTSD
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Continuing Education

This section brings together free in-depth Continuing Education resources for the Professional community concerned with trauma.

Learn from the experts and get CE/CME Credit!

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  • Date Created: 03/ 1/2021
  • Time to Complete: 1 hour
  • Credits: ANCC, APA, ASWB, ACCME, NBCC, Other Orgs
  • Skill Level: Intermediate
  • Course Series: PTSD 101, PTSD Consultation Lecture Series

Veterans are becoming more culturally diverse and as the population of Veterans with PTSD reflect this diversity, mental health providers need to continue to develop clinical skills that ensure the services they deliver are effective.

This course provides an overview of how to utilize a collaboratively developed case formulation to inform and guide PTSD treatment as an initial step to the provision of culturally responsive care. The author presents multiple approaches to assist therapists in addressing issues of diversity within evidence-based PTSD treatment.

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  • Date Created: 03/ 3/2021
  • Time to Complete: 1 hour
  • Credits: ANCC, APA, ASWB, ACCME, NBCC, Other Orgs
  • Skill Level: Intermediate
  • Course Series: PTSD 101, PTSD Consultation Lecture Series

Veteran suicide remains a significant public health concern and those diagnosed with PTSD are potentially at elevated risk. This course reviews prevalence for suicidal ideation and attempt among Veterans, including an overview of risk factors.

The relationship between suicide and PTSD is explained using theory-driven frameworks, with attention to the transition from suicidal thoughts to behavior.

The author presents methods for tailoring suicide risk assessment, noting challenges and risk stratification methods. The course includes clinical strategies, including acute suicide risk intervention, safety plan development, and addressing suicide risk within the context of evidence-based PTSD treatment.

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  • Date Created: 03/ 5/2021
  • Time to Complete: 1 hour
  • Credits: ANCC, APA, ASWB, ACCME, NBCC, Other Orgs
  • Skill Level: Intermediate
  • Course Series: PTSD 101, PTSD Consultation Lecture Series

As a result of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, telemental health (TMH) delivery of evidence-based psychotherapies for PTSD is more in demand. This course provides a review of research and shared clinical experience of using TMH for PTSD care.

Modifications for providing PTSD therapy via TMH are discussed, focusing on recommendations specific to COVID-19. Topics include provider telework comfort, creating an effective therapeutic alliance, setting therapeutic environment expectations, patient safety management, trauma-focused treatment considerations and adaptations, and tools to support patients.

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  • Date Created: 10/ 6/2020
  • Time to Complete: 1 hour
  • Credits: ANCC, APA, ASWB, ACCME, Other Orgs
  • Skill Level: Intermediate
  • Course Series: PTSD 101

Insomnia symptoms may be associated with increased symptoms of PTSD and depression and associated with increased suicidal ideation.

This course reviews the impact of sleep disturbances on medical and psychiatric concerns and provides an overview of treatments for insomnia, including a comparison of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia (CBT-I) and sedative-hypnotic medications. The author also presents research supporting the benefits of CBT-I for pain management, PTSD, depression and suicide prevention.

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  • Date Created: 10/ 8/2020
  • Time to Complete: 1 hour
  • Credits: ANCC, APA, ASWB, ACCME, Other Orgs
  • Skill Level: Intermediate
  • Course Series: PTSD 101

Knowledge of the methodological considerations for interpreting the scientific literature on psychotherapy is important for developing recommendations for evidence-based care. This course reviews the 2017 VA/DoD Clinical Practice Guideline recommendations and provides an overview of the relative effectiveness, dropout rates and remission rates of PTSD treatments compared to other disorders (e.g., depression).

In addition to listing areas of emerging science in PTSD psychotherapy, this course offers potential strategies for enhancing treatment effectiveness.

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