PTSD: Exposure Therapy and Constructive Narrative Therapy

In the first article the authors review the efficacy of exposure therapy in the treatment of PTSD, discuss eight (8) common myths associated with its use, and provide an overview of clinical guidelines for exposure treatment. In the second article, the author reviews how traumatic events affect individuals' core beliefs about safety, trust, and fairness and how therapists can help patients with PTSD "re-author" their view of the trauma and develop coping skills to manage PTSD and co-morbid symptomatology.

Target audience:  Psychologists, mental health counselors, marriage and family therapists, social workers, addiction counselors, nurses

This CE program is designated as intermediate.


Learning Objectives

Upon completing this program, participants should be able to

  • Describe exposure therapy for treatment of PTSD.
  • Discuss the constructive narrative approach to treating PTSD.
  • Print Version / Test Preview
  • Part 1: Exposure Therapy for the Treatment of PTSD
  • Part 2: Treating PTSD: A Constructive Narrative Approach
  • CE Test
  • Evaluation

Exposure Therapy for the Treatment of PTSD

Millie Astin, PhD is Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the Emory University School of Medicine. Currently, she directs two treatment outcome research studies at the Trauma and Anxiety Recovery Program at Emory, one with rape survivors and one with mixed trauma survivors. She has worked extensively with trauma survivors using cognitive-behavioral interventions including exposure.

Barbara Rothbaum, PhD is Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the Emory University School of Medicine and Director of the Trauma and Anxiety Recovery Program. She is principal investigator for three NIMH treatment outcome studies including one grant which is exploring the efficacy of Virtual Reality Exposure with combat veterans with PTSD. She has been instrumental in the development, application and empirical validation of exposure treatment for PTSD.

Treating Patients with PTSD: A Constructive Narrative Approach

Donald Meichenbaum, PhD, is Distinguished Professor Emeritus, University of Waterloo, Waterloo Ontario, Canada and Research Directory of The Melissa Institute for Violence Prevention and Treatment of Victims of Violence, Miami, Florida. The Melissa Institute provides doctoral scholarships to graduate students to support their research.

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California Licensed Vocational Nurses and California Psychiatric Technicians can take online courses by California Board of Registered Nursing (CA BRN) approved providers, such as At Health, to fulfill their CE requirements.

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Programs are available for continuing education credit for social workers through the co-sponsorship of At Health, Inc., and Amedco, LLC.  Amedco, #1346, is approved as a provider for social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) www.aswb.org, through the Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Amedco maintains responsibility for the program. ASWB Approval Period: 6/24/2016 to 6/24/2019. Social workers should contact their regulatory board to determine course approval for continuing education credits. The following recognize the ASWB program: AB, AK, AL, AR, AZ, BC, CA, CT, DC, DE, FL, GA, HI, IA, ID, IL, IN, KY, LA, MA, MD, MI, MN, MO, MS, MT, NH, NM, NC, ND, OH, OK, OR, PA (PA requires that courses be at least 2 credits), RI, SC, TN, TX, UT, VA, VI, VT, WA, WI, and WY.  Participants must pass a posttest with a score of 80% or higher and complete an attendance/evaluation form in order to receive a certificate of completion/attendance.

Athealth.com is an approved provider of the Texas State Board of Examiners of Marriage and Family Therapists, provider #908.

These programs meet the criteria of an approved continuing education program for social work in Arkansas.

These programs meet the criteria of an approved continuing education program for social workers, professional counselors, marriage and family therapists, master's level psychologists, licensed clinical psychotherapists, and alcohol and other drug abuse counselors in Kansas.

These programs meet the criteria of an approved continuing education program for mental health practice and for social work in Nebraska.

These programs meet the criteria of an approved continuing education program for psychologists, pastoral psychotherapists, clinical social workers, clinical mental health counselors, marriage and family therapists, and alcohol and drug abuse counselors in New Hampshire.

These programs meet the criteria of an approved continuing education program for social workers, professional counselors, marital and family therapists, and clinical pastoral therapists in Tennessee.

NAADAC_logoAthealth.com is approved as a continuing education provider by the National Association of Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counselors (NAADAC) Provider #148460 (Exp. August 1, 2017).

The above CE sponsorships are honored by many additional state boards of social work, marriage and family therapy, and licensed professional counseling. Some restrictions may apply. Check with your state board or certifying organization to find out if online courses or home study are accepted as part of your continuing education requirement for license renewal or re-certification, or call At Health at 888-284-3258 for information regarding CE approvals.

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