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Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Treatment For Veterans And Military Service Members With PTSD

Author: Scott H Waltman, PsyD, ABPP
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Course Created: 2022

Practice Level: Intermediate

No book to buy Duration: 3 hours
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Course Summary

This course is a review of the current state of the science of CBT in the treatment of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in military and veteran populations. Beginning with a discussion on military culture, the course is an overview and illustration of how to treat PTSD in veterans and military service members in a manner that is consistent with the Clinical Practice Guidelines (CPG) of the Department of Defense and Veterans Health Association. The main focus of the course is the two CPG preferred treatment protocols for treating PTSD: prolonged exposure and cognitive processing therapy. The course covers the underlying principles of these protocols, which are further illustrated with case examples and dialogues.

Course Format

This course contains downloadable online lessons (PDF) 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.

Learning Objectives

  • Identify critical elements of military culture.
  • Explain the theoretical underpinnings of CBT for PTSD.
  • Describe evidence-based approaches to treating PTSD.
  • Explain the application of technology aides in treating PTSD.
  • Identify trauma-related stuck point cognitions in clients.
  • Describe how to conduct exposure to trauma memories.
  • Recognize moral injury in military populations.

Course Syllabus


Military Culture

  • Terms and Conditions
  • Values
  • Military Life and Seeking Care

PTSD in Military and Veteran Populations

  • VA/DoD Clinical Practice Guidelines for Treating PTSD

Cognitive Behavior Therapy for PTSD Overview

  • Cognitive Processing Therapy
  • Prolonged Exposure

Cultural Considerations

Treating Moral Injury in Military Populations


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