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Effective Emotion-focused Approaches to PTSD Treatment

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About the Course:

Highlights three emotion-focused treatments that have proven to be effective in reducing PTSD symptomatology. Course content includes three articles from the National Center for PTSD’s Clinical Quarterly: 1-The Effects of Writing about Traumatic Experiences; 2-Exposure Therapies for the Treatment of PTSD; 3-Emotion-focused Therapy for Interpersonal Trauma.

This course is based on the reading-based online, Effective Emotion-focused Approaches to PTSD Treatment created by James Pennebaker, Ph.D., R. Sherlock Campbell, Mille C. Astin, Ph.D., and Barbara Rothbaum, Ph.D., and Sandra Paivio, and Leslie S. Greenberg, Ph.D.

Course Material Authors

James Pennebaker, Ph.D., R. Sherlock Campbell

Dr. Pennebaker a Professor of Psychology at the University of Texas at Austin. He and Campbell wrote the article on “The Effects of Writing about Traumatic Experiences.”

Mille C. Astin, Ph.D., and Barbara Rothbaum, Ph.D.

Dr. Astin is an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Emory University School of Medicine and Dr. Rothbaun is Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Emory University School of Medicine.

Sandra Paivio, and Leslie S. Greenberg, Ph.D.

Paivio is Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychology at the University of Windsor, Canada, and Dr. Breenberg is Professor of Psychology at York University. They wrote the article “Emotion-focused Therapy for Interpersonal Trauma.”

Course Creator

Keith Gibson, Ph.D.

Recommended For:

This course is recommended for social workers, counselors, psychologists, and other human services and behavioral health professionals who seek knowledge about emotion-focused treatment for PTSD. It is appropriate for participants with itermediate to advanced levels of knowledge about the topic.

Course Objectives:

  1. evaluate effectiveness of three types of exposure therapy for treating trauma patients.

  2. become familiar with myths regarding exposure therapy for trauma.

  3. become familiar with various forms of exposure therapy to treat PTSD.

  4. have knowledge of the benefits of writing about trauma as a means of treatment.

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2 CE credit hours

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2 CE credit hours

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2 CE credit hours

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National Association of School Psychologists (NASP)

2 CPD hours

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Articles One and Two

These articles appear in the Spring 2000 National Center for PTSD Clinical Quarterly.
Article One, The Effects of Writing about Traumatic Experience, is on Pages 17-21 of the issue.
Article Two, Emotion Focused Therapy for Interpersonal Trauma, is on pages 22-29 of the issue.

Article Three

This article appears in the Fall 2000 National Center for PTSD Clinical Quarterly.
Article Three is Exposure Therapy for the Treatment of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder and it appears on pages 49-54 of the issue.

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Course Number 100627
2 credit hours
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  • Reading-Based Online
Exam Fee: No Longer Available
4.08 out of 5
20 members have taken this course


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