VA - Assessment & Treatment of PTSD using Prolonged Exposure - April 2-4, 2020 - Phoenix, AZ

VA - Assessment & Treatment of PTSD using Prolonged Exposure - April 2-4, 2020 - Phoenix, AZ

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    Date and Time:
    2020-04-02 08:00 to 2020-04-04 16:30 (-03)
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    City: Phoenix
    Address: Phoenix, AZ US
Add to Calendar 04/02/2020 08:00 AM 04/04/2020 04:30 PM America/Montevideo VA - Assessment & Treatment of PTSD using Prolonged Exposure - April 2-4, 2020 - Phoenix, AZ MM/DD/YYYY Phoenix, AZ United States The Center for Deployment Psychology

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The PTSD Consultation Program at the National Center for PTSD and the Center for Deployment Psychology is offering free training in Prolonged Exposure to help make evidence-based treatment for PTSD more available to Veterans in rural areas. This three-day workshop will be held on April 2-4, 2020 from 8:00 AM-4: 30 PM in Phoenix, Arizona. This workshop will be led by Dr. Lisa Ann Cuccurullo and Dr. Kevin Holloway.

Non-VA licensed mental health providers who regularly treat U.S. Veterans or those who intend to treat U.S. Veterans can apply.

Participants will also need to apply to and be accepted by the Emory University Prolonged Exposure Consultant Training Program in order to receive post-training consultation. Details will be provided after you receive your confirmation letter.

The cost of transportation, food, and lodging is not included. Discounted hotel rooms will be available.

Please note, completing the online application does not mean you are registered. A response will arrive in the next 7 days. We appreciate your patience and thank you for your interest in CDP programs.

Questions may be addressed to Mr. Micah Norgard

Part 1: Assessment
This workshop reviews methods of assessment and treatment of PTSD recommended by the VA/DoD Guideline for the Management of PTSD (2017). DSM-5 diagnostic criteria for posttraumatic stress disorder are reviewed. Types of PTSD assessments are discussed, including appropriate assessment instruments for the intended purpose (e.g., screening, tracking, diagnosis). Commonly used PTSD assessment instruments are described. Unique variables that can impact the assessment process with this population are identified. Participants will be introduced to best practices for diagnosing deployment-related PTSD. Evidence-based treatments for PTSD are reviewed so participants become familiar with effective interventions for military-related trauma.

Part 2:
This Center for Deployment Psychology (CDP) intensive 2-day module provides training in Prolonged Exposure (PE) Therapy, an evidence-based treatment for PTSD described in the manual, Prolonged Exposure Therapy for PTSD – Therapist Guide, by Foa et al., 2019. It covers the empirical and theoretical support for PE and reviews the main clinical techniques used in this structured protocol. Step-by-step instructions for conducting PE therapy sessions, including in vivo and imaginal exposure, along with strategies for working with over- and under-engaged patients and other difficult cases, are shared. Videotaped examples of PE cases are used to demonstrate therapist skills. Participants are expected to do role-plays in class to practice PE techniques, and they must attend both days.

Learning Objectives:

  • Communicate three types of PTSD assessment and the goals of each.
  • Choose appropriate assessment tools for each of the three types of PTSD assessment with a military population.
  • Critique evidence-based treatments for PTSD in a military population.
  • Develop a theoretical conceptualization of a client’s PTSD symptoms to guide treatment planning.
  • Communicate a rationale for Prolonged Exposure Therapy that builds rapport, improves client motivation, and increases treatment adherence.
  • Determine how common reactions to trauma relate to the symptoms of PTSD and articulate how these reactions impact client functioning.
  • Demonstrate an effective method of breathing that reduces client arousal and promotes distress tolerance.
  • Construct an individualized avoidance hierarchy designed to systematically confront core fears.
  • Implement in vivo exposure to block trauma related avoidance.
  • Facilitate imaginal exposure to reduce the intensity and frequency of PTSD symptoms.
  • Utilize specific skills to manage emotional engagement to increase the effectiveness of imaginal exposure.
  • Structure homework assignments that deepen exposure-based learning and further treatment goals.
  • Distinguish “hot spots” in the trauma memory in order to more efficiently reduce the intensity of associated symptoms.
  • Analyze exposure exercises to facilitate new learning and modify client's unhelpful, trauma-based cognitions.
  • Incorporate new learning to revise unhelpful cognitions that promote avoidance and maintain symptoms.
  • Assess Prolonged Exposure Therapy outcomes using standardized procedures and use assessment data to refine treatment planning.
  • Adapt exposure techniques in a theoretically consistent manner to improve accessibility and clinical outcomes for specific patients.

CE Details:

Target audience: This intermediate-level training is appropriate for mental health professionals, psychologists, social workers, counselors, and other professionals working with military Service members, Veterans, or their families.

This activity is approved for 21 continuing education credits (CEs)

The Center for Deployment Psychology is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The Center for Deployment Psychology maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

This activity is pending approval from the National Association of Social Workers

This activity is pending approval from the National Board of Certified Counselors