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!

Research-based courses at your convenience (24/7).

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  • Date Created: 08/ 6/2021
  • Time to Complete: Varies by course
  • Credits: APA, Other Orgs
  • Skill Level: Intermediate
  • Course Series: Clinical Skills Training

The Clinician-Administered PTSD Scale for DSM-5 (CAPS-5) is the gold standard for PTSD assessment and diagnosis for both military and civilian trauma survivors.

The three courses in this curriculum allow clinicians, trainees and researchers to gain a comprehensive understanding of the measure and its administration. The simulators allow interaction with a virtual patient as part of the training. See the Guidance PDF which includes crucial information for navigating the course interface, working with the virtual patient and scoring the measure.

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  • Date Created: 07/ 8/2021
  • Time to Complete: 1 hour
  • Credits: ANCC, APA, ASWB, ACCME, NBCC, Other Orgs
  • Skill Level: Intermediate
  • Course Series: PTSD 101, PTSD Consultation Lecture Series

Not all persons with PTSD or alcohol use disorder (AUD) benefit from prazosin. This course reviews the research for the efficacy of prazosin in reducing PTSD trauma nightmares, sleep disruption and daytime hyperarousal, as well as research supporting prazosin efficacy for AUD.

Emerging evidence suggests that the presence of physiologic and clinical signs and symptoms consistent with increased noradrenergic signaling provide a personalized medicine approach to identifying those individuals most likely to benefit from prazosin treatment. The author describes these clinical characteristics.

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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: 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/ 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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