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Shared Decision-Making for PTSD


Continuing Education

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

Shared Decision-Making for PTSD

  • Date Created: 07/ 5/2018
  • Time to Complete: 1 hour
  • Credits: APA, ASWB, NBCC, Other Orgs
  • Skill Level: Basic
  • Course Series: PTSD 101

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Shared Decision-Making for PTSD Author(s):

Juliette Harik, PhD


Clinical practice guidelines for the treatment of PTSD support the use of shared decision making. However, few providers receive training on how to collaborate with patients around health care decisions. Indeed, patient experience surveys tell us that many providers think that they are engaging in shared decision making when they are not.

This course introduces providers to a practical model of shared decision making that can be used in clinical practice with PTSD patients. The author provides clear behavioral examples of how clinicians can engage in each step of shared decision making. The course also provides an overview of recent research literature which highlights the potential benefits of shared decision making for PTSD.

Goals and Objectives

  • Identify clinical scenarios in which it is appropriate to use shared decision making.
  • Describe a three-step model of shared decision making that can be used with PTSD patients.
  • Describe the potential benefits of shared decision making for PTSD patients, providers, and the healthcare system.
  • List common misconceptions about the use of shared decision making in mental health.

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