Psychologists, Social Workers, Counselors, MFTs

Clinical Practice Guideline for the Treatment of PTSD in Adults

 

Course Description: This course recommends interventions for the treatment of posttraumatic stress disorder in adults. Recommendations are based on a systematic review of the scientific evidence, a weighing of the benefits and harms of interventions, consideration of what is known about patient values and preferences, and consideration of the applicability of the evidence across demographic groups and settings.

Learning Objectives:

  • Evaluate the efficacy of psychological and medication treatments for adults with PTSD, compared to no treatment or to inactive controls
  • Describe their comparative effectiveness (i.e., psychological treatments compared to other psychological treatments, medication treatments compared to other medication treatments, and psychological treatments compared to medication treatments)
  • Compare which treatments work best for which patients (i.e., evaluate patient characteristics or type of trauma impact on treatment effects)
  • Evaluate serious harms of treatments or patient preferences that influence treatment recommendation

Course Components:

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

Course Credit(s): 4 CE Credit or Hour

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

Course Schedule: Self-paced

Course Author(s): Christine A. Courtois, PhD, Jeffrey Sonis, MD, MPH, Laura Brown, PhD, Joan M. Cook, PhD, John A. Fairbank, PhD, Matthew Friedman, MD, PhD, Joseph P. Gone, PhD, Russell Jones, PhD, Annette La Greca, PhD, Thomas A. Mellman, MD, John Roberts, and Priscilla Schulz, LCSW-C

Content Publisher(s): American Psychological Association

Course Author(s) Qualifications:

Christine A. Courtois, PhD (Chair), is a board-certified counseling psychologist recently retired from independent practice in Washington, D.C. She regularly leads professional workshops, publishes, and occasionally serves as an expert witness, all on topics related to trauma exposure and PTSD treatment, although not focused exclusively on specific interventions. She receives payment for directly providing or training other individuals to provide health services related to trauma, as well as honoraria for presentations or discussions, royalties, and endorsements.

Jeffrey Sonis, MD, MPH (Vice Chair), is associate professor of social medicine and associate professor of family medicine at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He publishes and conducts research on scientific and/or clinical and/or public policy related to psychological trauma and PTSD with funding from organizations not associated with the APA.

Laura Brown, PhD, is currently a full-time practitioner of psychotherapy, consultation and forensic psychology in Seattle, Washington. She is trained at Level 2 in EMDR and has published on its integration into feminist trauma practice, which she uses regularly in her work. She regularly leads professional workshops, publishes, and serves as an expert witness on topics related to trauma exposure and PTSD treatment, although not focused exclusively on specific interventions. She receives payment for directly providing or training other individuals to provide health services related to trauma, as well as honoraria for presentations or discussions, and royalties.

Joan M. Cook, PhD, is an associate professor at Yale School of Medicine and a researcher at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) National Center for PTSD. She conducts research on scientific and/or clinical issues related to trauma with funding from organizations not associated with the APA. She currently serves on the Board of Directors for the International Society of Traumatic Stress Studies (ISTSS), however, she was not a direct contributor to the organization’s guidelines for PTSD. She served as President of APA’s Division 56 (Trauma Psychology) in 2016 for a 1-year term, as well as a co-editor of APA’s two volume Handbook of Trauma Psychology.

John A. Fairbank, PhD, is a professor in the department of psychiatry and behavioral sciences, Duke University Medical Center, and director of the VA Mid-Atlantic (VISN 6) Mental Illness Research, Education and Clinical Center headquartered at the Durham VA Medical Center. Fairbank serves as co-director of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration's National Center for Child Traumatic Stress, co-located at Duke University and UCLA. He regularly leads professional workshops, publishes, and conducts research on scientific and/or clinical issues related to trauma with funding from organizations not associated with the APA. He serves as the Chair of the Scientific Advisory Board (SAB) for the National Center for PTSD.

Matthew Friedman, MD, PhD, was executive director of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) National Center for PTSD between 1989 and 2014 and now serves as senior advisor and professor of psychiatry, and of pharmacology and toxicology, at the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth. He regularly publishes and serves as an expert witness on topics related to trauma exposure and PTSD treatment, although not focused exclusively on specific interventions. He receives payment for directly providing or training other individuals to provide health services related to trauma, as well as honoraria for presentations or discussions, and royalties. He chaired the American Psychiatric Association’s work group that developed DSM-5 criteria for PTSD and other trauma and stress-related disorders.

Joseph P. Gone, PhD, is a professor in the clinical psychology program in the department of psychology at the University of Michigan. He researches historical trauma among American Indians and other Indigenous populations. He previously served on the Executive Committee of APA’s Division 45 (Society for the Psychological Study of Culture, Ethnicity, and Race), and is the Treasurer of APA’s Division 5, Section 3 (Quantitative and Qualitative Methods).

Russell Jones, PhD, is a professor of psychology at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech) and a clinical psychologist who specializes in trauma psychology in the areas of natural and technological disasters, as well as interpersonal violence. He regularly presents on issues related to trauma and serves as an expert witness on topics related to trauma exposure and PTSD treatment. He receives payment for directly providing or training other individuals to provide health services related to trauma.

Annette La Greca, PhD, is a distinguished professor of psychology and pediatrics at the University of Miami. She regularly presents scientific research at conferences and publishes on topics related to trauma exposure and PTSD treatment in children, although not focused on specific interventions. She receives honoraria for presentations or discussion of scientific or clinical issues related to trauma in children. As of July 2014, she is a member of the APA Publication and Communications Board.

Thomas A. Mellman, MD, is on the faculty of Howard University where he trains psychiatry residents, provides clinical care and conducts research in the area of PTSD, sleep and mechanisms linking PTSD and sleep disturbance to health risk and health disparities.

John Roberts is a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps, serving from 1982-96. He has worked in a variety of capacities with veteran organizations and since 2007 has been with the Wounded Warrior Project, Houston, TX. He is currently warrior relations executive vice president.

Priscilla Schulz, LCSW-C, is a clinical social worker with the Peace Corps in Washington, D.C. She contributes to writing and revising the US Peace Corps’ policies and procedures related to addressing psychological needs of staff and volunteers suffering with posttraumatic stress symptoms.

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) www.aswb.org, 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 4 clinical continuing education clock hours.





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