PE Session 1

Introducing A Patient To Prolonged Exposure And Cognitive Processing Therapy

Given that both PE and CPT have strong empirical support and have been found to be equally effective in reducing symptoms of PTSD when compared to each other, it may be difficult to decide which approach to use with a client. Presenting a balanced description of each treatment will help your client to make an informed decision that aligns with their unique goals and preferences for treatment. The following videos will provide examples of concise descriptions of the rationale, main interventions, and key differences between CPT and PE. The first video is an example of an abbreviated discussion that may occur at the end of a treatment planning session. The second video is lengthier and provides an example of a more through, detailed discussion.​​

PE Session 1: Treatment Rationale, Index Trauma

This video demonstrates the rationale for Prolonged Exposure as presented in session 1, followed by identification of the index trauma during the trauma discussion. In this case the therapist must help the client identify an index trauma from among many events which seem similar and equally distressing. Additionally, the client presents with anger as a predominant emotion.

PE Session 1: Treatment Rationale, Index Trauma

This video demonstrates the rationale for treatment presented in session 1 followed by identification of the index trauma during the trauma discussion. This client presents as depressed and numb as predominant emotional experiences. In this case the therapist must help the client sort out one event from among many which seem similar and equally distressing.​

PE Session 1: Treatment Rationale, Index Trauma

This video demonstrates the rationale for Prolonged Exposure as presented in session 1, followed by identification of the index trauma during the trauma discussion. In this case the therapist must help the client identify an index trauma from among many events which seem similar and equally distressing. Additionally, the client presents with anger as a predominant emotion.​

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