Continuing Education

Special Populations

PTSD 101: Aging and PTSD

Author/Owner: National Center for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

The course is meant to enhance the provider's transcultural and trans-experiential competencies in the planning and provision of services to African-American clients.

After viewing the presentation, you will be able to:

  1. Review the prevalence and longitudinal course of PTSD in older adults
  2. Describe the potential impact of aging on PTSD
  3. Provide information on the assessment and treatment of PTSD in older adults

When this course/presentation is launched, you will be taken to the National Center for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder website to participate/view.

Launch - http://www.ptsd.va.gov/professional/ptsd101/course-modules/Aging-PTSD.asp

 

PTSD 101: African-American Veterans

Author/Owner: National Center for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

The course is meant to enhance the provider's transcultural and trans-experiential competencies in the planning and provision of services to African-American clients.

After viewing the presentation, you will be able to:

  1. Integrate major historical and current cultural and societal issues into case conceptualization and treatment of African-American clients.
  2. Relate the differences in African-American and European-American cultural roots including world views, cultural patterns and themes, values and male/female relations.
  3. Employ a culture grid to aid in the conceptualization of the therapist/client relationship when treating African-American clients with PTSD.

When this course/presentation is launched, you will be taken to the National Center for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder website to participate/view.

Launch - http://www.ptsd.va.gov/PTSD/professional/ptsd101/course-modules/af-am-vets.asp

 

PTSD 101: Hispanic Veterans

Author/Owner: National Center for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

This course is meant to enhance the provider's trans-cultural competencies in the planning and provision of services to Hispanic-American clients.

After viewing the presentation, you will be able to:

  1. Identify symptoms of PTSD.
  2. Interpret the salient features and frequently encountered themes of Hispanic culture that occur when providing mental health services to Hispanic individuals.
  3. Incorporate basic assessment and treatment issues when providing mental health services to Hispanic individuals.

When this course/presentation is launched, you will be taken to the National Center for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder website to participate/view.

Launch - http://www.ptsd.va.gov/PTSD/professional/ptsd101/course-modules/hispanic-veterans.asp

 

PTSD 101: Asian-American and Pacific Islander Veterans

Author/Owner: National Center for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

Goals and Objectives:

To expand a PTSD therapist/counselor's knowledge regarding levels of cultural sensitivity, and to introduce culturally-based aspects of communication and family dynamics to enhance therapy interventions with clients of Asian-American and/or Pacific Island cultures.:

After viewing the presentation, you will be able to:

  1. Recognize the role of family for each of the cultures highlighted.
  2. Restate some of the beliefs about mental health for each of the cultures highlighted.
  3. Report suggested methods of building rapport among each of the cultures highlighted.

When this course/presentation is launched, you will be taken to the National Center for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder website to participate/view.

Launch - http://www.ptsd.va.gov/PTSD/professional/ptsd101/course-modules/aa-pi-veterans-ptsd.asp

 

PTSD 101: Cross-Cultural Considerations

Author/Owner: National Center for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

This course is meant to enhance provider's understanding of cultural factors and how to incorporate cultural factors into the assessment of and treatment of trauma-related disorders.

After viewing the presentation, you will be able to:

  1. Define culture and its effect on treatment.
  2. Implement strategies for modifying and/or augmenting assessment methods when working with cross-cultural clients.
  3. Implement strategies for modifying and/or augmenting treatment methods when working with cross-cultural clients.

When this course/presentation is launched, you will be taken to the National Center for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder website to participate/view.

Launch - http://www.ptsd.va.gov/PTSD/professional/ptsd101/course-modules/cross-cultural-considerations.asp 

Specific Trauma

PTSD 101: Combat Stress Injuries

Author/Owner: National Center for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

This course presents a model for discriminating normal, adaptive responses to combat and operational stress from those that entail injury to the mind and brain, and it provides a language for labeling operational stress reactions that destigmatizes without trivializing potentially serious problems.

After viewing the presentation, you will be able to:

  1. Describe the major stressors of combat and operational military deployments and of subsequent homecoming.
  2. Describe the two main reasons for the gap between relatively frequent adverse stress responses during deployment and relatively infrequent mental health diagnosis and treatment after deployment.
  3. Describe the three tactics of normal adaptation to stress, and the normal time course for adaptation and re-adaptation.
  4. Describe the differences between normal adaptive responses to stress and those that are symptomatic of a stress injury, and list the three common mechanisms of stress injury.
  5. Describe the major components of traumatic stress injuries, and the nature of the biological and psychosocial damage such injuries entail.

When this course/presentation is launched, you will be taken to the National Center for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder website to participate/view.

Launch - http://www.ptsd.va.gov/PTSD/professional/ptsd101/course-modules/combat-stress-injuries.asp

 

PTSD 101: Traumatic Brain Injury

Author/Owner: National Center for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

This course is meant to provide a background for understanding the neuropsychiatry of TBI. It provides a review of the types of TBI, common functioning deficits, the relationship between PTSD and TBI, and assessment and treatment.

After viewing the presentation, you will be able to:

  1. Describe the functional anatomy of emotion, memory, and behavior circuits.
  2. Report common functioning deficits in civilian brain injury.
  3. Describe up-to-date assessment and treatment of TBI.

When this course/presentation is launched, you will be taken to the National Center for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder website to participate/view.

Launch - http://www.ptsd.va.gov/PTSD/professional/ptsd101/course-modules/traumatic-brain-injury.asp

 

PTSD 101: Military Sexual Trauma

Author/Owner: National Center for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

This course aims to provide clear definitions of sexual harassment and sexual trauma and discuss the frequencies and mental health impacts of these events on women and men in the military.

After viewing the presentation, you will be able to:

  1. Define the terms used to describe sexual harassment and assault in the military.
  2. Report estimates of the frequencies of sexual harassment and assault in the military.
  3. Describe the mental health consequences of sexual trauma and implications for care.

When this course/presentation is launched, you will be taken to the National Center for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder website to participate/view.

Launch - http://www.ptsd.va.gov/PTSD/professional/ptsd101/course-modules/military_sexual_trauma.asp 

Treatment

PTSD 101: Cognitive-Behavioral Interventions.

Author/Owner: National Center for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.

This presentation aims to provide an overview of two evidence-based practices for PTSD. It includes discussions and interactive tools to help providers become familiar with the conceptual basis, characteristics, and empirical support for the treatments.

After viewing the presentation, you will be able to:

  1. Understand the theoretical underpinnings of CPT and PE.
  2. Describe the components of CPT and PE.
  3. Report the evidence for the use of these treatments for PTSD.

When this course/presentation is launched, you will be taken to the National Center for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder website to participate/view.

Launch - http://www.ptsd.va.gov/professional/ptsd101/course-modules/cbi-for-ptsd.asp

 

PTSD 101: Group Therapy

Author/Owner: National Center for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

Goals and Objectives:

The goal of this presentation is to provide an overview of the group treatment for PTSD, including research on the intervention, types of groups (brief psychoeducational/skills based vs. more intensive), staging and pacing of progress through groups, and the rationale and core components of trauma focus and present-centered group therapy.

After viewing the presentation, you will be able to:

  1. Detail the rationale for and the core components of Trauma Focus Group Treatment (TFGT) for PTSD.
  2. Detail the rationale and core components of Present Centered Group Treatment (PCGT) for PTSD.
  3. Articulate key considerations for the appropriate staging and pacing of group PTSD treatments.

When this course/presentation is launched, you will be taken to the National Center for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder website to participate/view.

Launch - http://www.ptsd.va.gov/professional/ptsd101/course-modules/group.asp

 

PTSD 101: Couples and PTSD

Author/Owner: National Center for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

Goals and Objectives:

This presentation is meant to provide clinicians with an understanding of the association between PTSD and intimate relationship functioning, as well as help clinicians understand the rationale for including partners and loved ones in the assessment and treatment phases for PTSD care. The course also hopes to build clinicians' repertoire of basic skills to use when assessing and treating PTSD and intimate relationship problems.

After viewing the presentation, you will be able to:

  1. Review research documenting association between PTSD and intimate relationship problems.
  2. Discuss inclusion of partners in the assessment of PTSD and relationship functioning.
  3. Review different methods of incorporating significant others in PTSD treatment.

When this course/presentation is launched, you will be taken to the National Center for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder website to participate/view.

Launch - http://www.ptsd.va.gov/professional/ptsd101/course-modules/couples-and-ptsd.asp

 

PTSD 101: Pharmacotherapy

Author/Owner: National Center for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

This presentation strives to provide a sophisticated analysis of the human stress system and neurotransmitters as they relate to PTSD. Building on this background information, the course then examines the evidence for pharmacological interventions.

After viewing the presentation, you will be able to:

  1. Understand how the human stress system is altered by PTSD.
  2. Describe how these alterations indicate the usefulness of certain medications.
  3. Report the current evidence regarding the effectiveness of different medications for PTSD.

When this course/presentation is launched, you will be taken to the National Center for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder website to participate/view.

Launch - http://www.ptsd.va.gov/PTSD/professional/ptsd101/course-modules/pharmacotherapy.asp

 

PTSD 101: Increasing Effectiveness of PTSD Treatment

Author/Owner: National Center for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

Goals and Objectives:

This course aims to discuss the implementation of evidence-based treatments for PTSD, including the imitations of these treatments. The presentation explores difficult situations that arise in treatment and provides concrete suggestions for how to manage these challenges.

After viewing the presentation, you will be able to:

  1. Understand the limitations of evidence-based therapist for PTSD.
  2. Identify and address potential treatment-interfering behaviors.
  3. Develop strategies for managing complex cases.

When this course/presentation is launched, you will be taken to the National Center for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder website to participate/view.

Launch - http://www.ptsd.va.gov/professional/ptsd101/course-modules/Increasing-Effectiveness-of-PTSD-Treatments.asp

 

PTSD 101: Substance Abuse

Author/Owner: National Center for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

This presentation aims to provide an understanding of the relationship between PTSD and substance use, discuss treatment implications, and review the components of effective interventions for this dual diagnosis.

After viewing the presentation, you will be able to:

  1. Report prevalence rates for comorbid PTSD and substance abuse.
  2. Understand clinically relevant treatment issues related to PTSD and substance abuse.
  3. Describe components and empirical support for specific treatments for this dual diagnosis.

When this course/presentation is launched, you will be taken to the National Center for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder website to participate/view.

Launch - http://www.ptsd.va.gov/professional/ptsd101/course-modules/sud.asp

 

PTSD 101: Smoking Cessation

Author/Owner: National Center for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

Goals and Objectives:

This presentation is meant to enhance provider's understanding of the impact of smoking on patients with PTSD and the reasons for integrating smoking cessation treatment into PTSD treatment, and to provide an overview of psychological and psychopharmacological treatments available for smoking cessation.

After viewing the presentation, you will be able to:

  1. Provide a rationale for tobacco cessation as a health care priority for Veterans with PTSD.
  2. Understand the reasons and evidence for an integrated care approach for smoking cessation among smokers with PTSD.
  3. Describe psychological and pharmacological interventions for smoking cessation.

When this course/presentation is launched, you will be taken to the National Center for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder website to participate/view.

Launch - http://www.ptsd.va.gov/professional/ptsd101/course-modules/smoking-cessation.asp

 

PTSD 101: Overcoming Barriers

Author/Owner: National Center for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

The goal of this presentation is to introduce clinicians to common barriers to treatment engagement and some motivational techniques to address those barriers.

After viewing the presentation, you will be able to:

  1. Identify reasons why patients may be reluctant to change long-standing behaviors.
  2. Outline key elements of the PTSD Motivation Enhancement Group.
  3. Articulate common differences between clients' and therapists' perspectives and assumptions that may impede effective treatment.

When this course/presentation is launched, you will be taken to the National Center for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder website to participate/view.

Launch - http://www.ptsd.va.gov/PTSD/professional/ptsd101/course-modules/overcoming-barriers.asp

Background and Assessment

PTSD 101: What is PTSD?

Author/Owner: National Center for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

This presentation provides an overview of the history of PTSD, current diagnostic criteria, prevalence rates, comorbidity, risk factors, and treatment options.

After viewing the presentation, you will be able to:

  1. Describe the diagnostic criteria for PTSD.
  2. Describe the prevalence, consequences, and longitudinal course of PTSD in civilian and veteran populations.
  3. Report the risk factors for PTSD.

Intended Audience: Health Professionals

When this course/presentation is launched, you will be taken to the National Center for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder website to participate/view.

Launch - http://www.ptsd.va.gov/professional/ptsd101/course-modules/what-is-ptsd.asp

 

PTSD 101: Physical Health Effect

Author/Owner: National Center for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

Goals and Objectives:

This presentation is meant to enhance the provider's knowledge base regarding the effects of traumatic exposure/PTSD on mental and physical health.

After viewing the presentation, you will be able to:

  1. Report the effects of trauma on physical health.
  2. Relate the latest research findings related to the effects of traumatic exposure on the health of civilians and military Veterans.
  3. Predict plausible mechanisms through which PTSD could promote health.

When this course/presentation is launched, you will be taken to the National Center for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder website to participate/view.

Launch - http://www.ptsd.va.gov/professional/ptsd101/course-modules/physical-health-effects.asp

 

PTSD 101: Assessment

Author/Owner: National Center for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

This presentation enhances the assessment and report-writing skills of providers evaluating PTSD, particularly in veteran populations.

After viewing the presentation, you will be able to:

  1. Outline the necessary components of a thorough PTSD assessment and report.
  2. Describe important documents used to gather background and supportive information for the diagnosis of PTSD.
  3. Understand how neuropsychological assessment can assist the diagnostic process. When this course/presentation is launched, you will be taken to the National Center for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder website to participate/view.

When this course/presentation is launched, you will be taken to the National Center for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder website to participate/view.

Launch - http://www.ptsd.va.gov/PTSD/professional/ptsd101/course-modules/assessment.asp