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Evidence-Based Treatments for Adults/Veterans with PTSD

by Lesia Ruglass, PhD 3 CE Credits

Over the past 30 years, multiple evidence-based psychosocial and pharmacological treatments have been developed for the treatment of Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Several national and international treatment guidelines have also been created to assist health providers and clients with the selection and utilization of the best evidence-based treatments for PTSD.  This online CE course will present an overview of the three-phase model of trauma recovery and PTSD treatment. Treatment options for various reactions to trauma including acute stress reactions, acute stress disorder, and acute and chronic PTSD will be discussed and an in-depth review of the most widely used evidence-based psychosocial treatment models for veterans and other adult survivors with PTSD is presented (e.g., Cognitive Processing Therapy, Prolonged Exposure Therapy, Stress Inoculation Training, and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing). Pharmacological and alternative/complementary treatment options for PTSD will also be addressed, along with common clinical issues associated with the treatment, such as vicarious traumatization and self-care issues among treatment providers.


This online course is approved for APA CE credit, NBCC CE clock hours, ASWB CE clock hours (Veteran's Issues), and NYSED CE credit.


Course Sections/Outline:

  • Overview
  • The Three-Stage Model of Trauma Recovery: The Theory Guiding the Interventions
  • Treatment Guidelines to Assist Clinicians
  • Early Interventions for Acute Stress Reactions and Acute Stress Disorder
  • Evidence-Based Psychological Treatments for Trauma and Posttraumatic Stress Disorder: The Longer View
  • Barriers to Psychological Treatment  and Sociocultural Considerations
  • Pharmacotherapy for PTSD
  • Complementary and Alternative Medicine Approaches for PTSD
  • Common Clinical Issues in the Treatment of Traumatized Clients
  • Summary and Clinical Considerations
  • Web-based Resources
  • References

Learning Objectives:

After completing this course, health professionals will be able to:
  • Discuss the Three-stage Model of Trauma Recovery and its relevance to PTSD treatment.
  • Differentiate treatment options for Acute Stress Reactions, Acute Stress Disorder, and PTSD among adults.
  • Identify the 4 most widely used evidence-based psychological treatment options available to treat PTSD including, Prolonged Exposure Therapy; Cognitive Processing Therapy; Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR); and Stress Inoculation Treatment – as well as available pharmacological and alternative/complementary treatment options.
  • Clinically predict and address 2 key treatment-related issues that arise when working in this domain to overcome impediments in forming a therapeutic alliance and ensure management of one’s own trauma-related counteractivations, as well as promote self-care.