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Evidence Based Guidelines for Treatment of Post-Traumatic Stress

Author: Department of Veterans Affairs

Course Created: 2010

Practice Level: Intermediate

No book to buy Duration: 18 hours
3.7 out of 4.0, Based on: 55 reviews

Course Summary

Post-traumatic stress consists of a spectrum of traumatic stress disorders. These disorders can be arranged along a continuum, from Acute Stress Reaction, to Acute Stress Disorder, Acute PTSD, and Chronic PTSD. Each of these may be associated with serious mental and physical co-morbidities. Some survivors will experience only a part of this spectrum, while others will progress through the entire range. This course will examine evidence-based practices used to prevent and treat PTSD including screening, cognitive behavioral and other therapies, and medications.

Course Format

This course contains downloadable online lessons (PDF or Word) and a practice test. When you're ready, purchase the course by clicking the "Add To Cart" button. This will let you take the test, complete the course evaluation and receive your certificate for CE credits.

Course Syllabus

  • Populations at Risk for Developing PTSD
  • Acute Stress Reaction and Prevention of PTSD
  • Assessment of ASD & PTSD
  • Treatment of ASD & PTSD
  • PTSD and Co-occurring Disorders
  • Management of Concurrent PTSD and Substance Use Disorder
  • Psychotherapy for PTSD
  • Pharmacotherapy for PTSD
  • Somatic Treatment for PTSD
  • Complementary and Alternative Medicine for PTSD
  • Management of Specific Symptoms

Learning Objectives

  • Discuss with the diagnostic criteria for Acute Stress Reaction.
  • Describe the diagnostic criteria for Acute Stress Disorder.
  • Explain the diagnostic criteria for PTSD.
  • Describe disorders that co-occur with PTSD.
  • Explain the incidence of Substance Use Disorders and PTSD.
  • Identify the most effective psychotherapies for PTSD.
  • Describe pharmacotherapy for PTSD.
  • Explain Somatic Treatment for PTSD.
  • Describe Complementary and Alternative Medicine for PTSD.
  • Discuss the management of sleep disorders for PTSD.


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