Evidence Based Therapy for PTSD: Prolonged Exposure
Home Base will be offering a training opportunity for mental health clinicians, licensed in Massachusetts, interested in learning and implementing Prolonged Exposure (PE). PE is an evidence-based cognitive-behavioral treatment for PTSD. The training program will include a 2.5-day workshop and weekly group consultation for the subsequent 6 months to workshop participants. The first day of the workshop will consist of training in military culture, co-occurring substance use disorders, and assessment of PTSD.
Consultation consists of a weekly, 1 hour group call led by PE trained therapists to support newly trained clinicians in implementing the PE treatment protocol in clinical practice. Research demonstrates that consultation is strongly correlated with implementation in clinical practice.
This program is intended for
- Social workers
- Licensed mental health counselors
The instruction level for this activity is: Advanced
By the end of this program, participants will be able to:
1. Develop a theoretical conceptualization of a client’s PTSD symptoms to guide treatment planning.
2. Demonstrate a rationale for Prolonged Exposure Therapy that builds rapport, improves client motivation, and increases treatment adherence.
3. Describe to clients how common reactions to trauma relate to the symptoms of PTSD and demonstrate how these reactions impact their current functioning.
4. Describe to clients a method of breathing that reduces their arousal and promotes distress tolerance.
5. Construct an individualized avoidance hierarchy designed to systematically confront core fears.
6. Apply in vivo exposure to block trauma related avoidance.
7. Illustrate how imaginal exposure reduces the intensity and frequency of PTSD symptoms.
8. Identify the client’s emotional engagement to increase the effectiveness of imaginal exposure.
9. Write homework assignments that deepen exposure-based learning and further treatment goals.
10. Measure “hot spots” in the memory to more efficiently reduce the intensity of symptoms.
11. Analyze exposure exercises to facilitate new learning and modify client's unhelpful, trauma-based cognitions.
12. Integrate new learning to revise unhelpful cognitions that promote avoidance and maintain symptoms.
13. Measure Prolonged Exposure Therapy outcomes using standardized procedures, and use assessment data to refine treatment planning.
14. Select exposure techniques in a theoretically consistent manner to improve accessibility and clinical outcomes for specific patients.
- 41.50 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of McLean Hospital and Massachusetts General Hospital. McLean Hospital is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
McLean Hospital designates this Enduring activity for a maximum of 41.50 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
- 41.50 Nursing Contact Hours
Massachusetts General Laws, Chapter 13, sections 13, 14, 14A, 15 and 15D and Chapter 112, sections 74 through 81C authorize the Board of Registration in Nursing to regulate nursing practice and education.
This program meets the requirements of the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Nursing (244 CMR 5.00) for 41.50 contact hours of nursing continuing education credit. Advance practice nurses, please note: Educational activities which meet the requirements of the ACCME (such as this activity) count towards 50% of the nursing requirement for ANCC accreditation.
- 41.50 Social Workers
The Collaborative of NASW, Boston College, and Simmons College Schools of Social Work authorizes social work continuing education credits for courses, workshops, and educational programs that meet the criteria outlined in 258 CMR of the Massachusetts Board of Registration of Social Workers
This program has been approved for 41.50 Social Work Continuing Education hours for relicensure, in accordance with 258 CMR. Collaborative of NASW and the Boston College and Simmons Schools of Social Work Authorization Number
- 41.50 Participation
This course allows other providers to claim a Participation Certificate upon successful completion of this course.
Participation Certificates will specify the title, location, type of activity, date of activity, and number of AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ associated with the activity. Providers should check with their regulatory agencies to determine ways in which AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ may or may not fulfill continuing education requirements. Providers should also consider saving copies of brochures, agenda, and other supporting documents.
- 41.50 Psychologists CE Credit
The Massachusetts General Hospital Department of Psychiatry is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The Massachusetts General Hospital Department of Psychiatry maintains responsibility for this program and its content.
This offering meets the criteria for 41.50 Continuing Education (CE) credits per presentation for psychologists.