Psychologists, Social Workers, Counselors, MFTs

Clinical Practice Guideline for the Management of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder and Acute Stress Disorder


Course Description: The guideline describes the critical decision points in the management of posttraumatic stress disorder and acute stress reaction and provides clear and comprehensive evidence based recommendations incorporating current information and practices for practitioners.

Learning Objectives:

  • Evaluate information on management of PTSD and how and whether to incorporate that information or recommendations into practice
  • Describe diagnosis and assessment, prevention of PTSD, treatment of ASD, treatment of PTSD, as well as treatment of PTSD in the presence of co-occurring conditions

Course Components:

  • Online text (included)
  • Multiple choice online exam (included)
  • Electronic certificate of completion (free)

Course Credit(s): 2 CE Credits or Hours

Course Format: Online Text (format of this course is noninteractive)

Course Schedule: Self-paced

Course Author(s): Nancy C. Bernardy, PhD , Matthew J. Friedman, MD, PhD, Paula P. Schnurr, PhD, Charles W. Hoge, MD, David S. Riggs, PhD, et al.

Content Publisher(s): Department of Veterans Affairs, Department of Defense

Course Author(s) Qualifications:

Dr. Bernardy is Associate Director for Clinical Networking at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs National Center for PTSD, and the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth, Associate Professor, Department of Psychiatry. She earned her doctorate at University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center in Biological Psychology and doctorate at Yale University, respecializing in Clinical Psychology.

Dr. Friedman serves as Senior Advisor (former Executive Director) at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs National Center for PTSD and Professor of Psychiatry and of Pharmacology at the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth. He is a Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association, past-president of the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies (ISTSS), Chair of the scientific advisory board of the Anxiety Disorders Association of America and has served on many VA and NIMH research, education and policy committees.

Dr. Schnurr is Executive Director at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs National Center for PTSD and Research Professor of Psychiatry at the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth. She earned her doctorate at Dartmouth College in Experimental Psychology.

Dr. Riggs is the executive director of the Center for Deployment Psychology (CDP). As CDP Director, he oversees the development and delivery of training seminars to behavioral health professionals to prepare them to provide for the needs of warriors and their families. Dr. Riggs earned his PhD at the State University of New York at Stony Brook and completed a clinical psychology internship at the Medical University of South Carolina.

Course Level: Beginning/Introductory, Intermediate, Advanced

CEmobile, LLC, #1558, is approved as a provider for social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB), through the Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. CEmobile, LLC maintains responsibility for the program. ASWB Approval Period: 5/2/2018-5/2/2021. Social workers should contact their regulatory board to determine course approval for continuing education credits.
Social workers participating in this course will receive 2 clinical continuing education clock hours.

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