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Prolonged Exposure Therapy: Effective Treatment for PTSD


Continuing Education

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

Prolonged Exposure Therapy: Effective Treatment for PTSD

  • Date Created: 07/ 1/2020
  • Time to Complete: 1 hour
  • Credits: ANCC, APA, ASWB, ACCME, Other Orgs
  • Skill Level: Intermediate
  • Course Series: PTSD 101

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Prolonged Exposure Therapy: Effective Treatment for PTSD Author(s):

Sheila Rauch, PhD, ABPP


The revised (2017) VA/DoD Clinical Practice Guideline for PTSD recommends Prolonged Exposure (PE) as a first-line treatment. This course reviews evidence supporting PE, emotional processing theory and the mechanisms of PE, and use of PE with patients who have co-occurring conditions.

Dr. Rauch reviews best practices for assessment, treatment planning and review of goals for PE. Using patient and provider videos, this course provides a session overview of PE including in vivo exposure, imaginal exposure and processing examples.

Goals and Objectives

  • Describe the evidence supporting Prolonged Exposure (PE) as a treatment for PTSD.
  • Describe the theoretical mechanism and components of PE.
  • Describe effectiveness of PE with complex patient presentations.
  • List current and future areas of PE research.

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