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Course: Treating PTSD with Cognitive-Behavioral Therapies: Interventions That Work
by Candice M. Monson, PhD, and Philippe Shnaider, MA

CE Credit Hours: 6
Fee: $29

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This book is written to be as clinician friendly as possible to increase the likelihood that clinicians will use these interventions with their clients. Although learning and providing these interventions may be more up-front work for clinicians who are not familiar with their delivery, we have observed that clinicians who have endeavored to learn and apply these interventions improve their clinical practice skills more generally. To illustrate the concepts, we have included a number of case examples that have been adequately disguised to protect client confidentiality. Ultimately, we hope that this book results in more clients with PTSD receiving evidence-based therapies that hold good promise to improve their symptoms and well-being.

This book aims to guide clinicians through existing CBT interventions for adults with PTSD by briefly presenting the theoretical underpinnings of empirically supported interventions, providing an overview of the treatment elements themselves, and reviewing treatment packages that have been put forth comprising these interventions (e.g., prolonged exposure, cognitive processing therapy, stress-inoculation training.)

Educational Objectives

Upon completion of this course, the clinician will be able to:

  • Describe the theory underlying both trauma-focused and skills-focused interventions for PTSD.
  • Implement trauma-focused behavioral interventions for PTSD, specifically imaginal and in vivo exposure.
  • Apply trauma-focused cognitive techniques for PTSD, including Socratic dialogue and cognitive worksheets as a means to help clients challenge maladaptive thoughts.
  • Implement skills-focused cognitive and behavioral interventions for PTSD, including stress-inoculation training (SIT) and skills training in affective and interpersonal regulation (STAIR).
  • Identify and troubleshoot common client challenges.
  • Describe emerging interventions and innovations to expand the scope of CBT for PTSD.

Syllabus / Course Instructions

  • This course is suitable for CE for beginning, intermediate and advanced level clinicians.
  • The Course consists of reading the selected book, successfully completing an online posttest and filling out a course evaluation.
  • The printed book or ebook or kindle book is not included. It must be purchased separately. We have supplied a link to for your convenience.
  • Purchasing your course will give you access to both a printable copy of the test and an online version of the test. Once the course is purchased, the title of the book will appear in your Members Area. When the cursor is placed on the book title a drop down menu will appear whereby you can print the test to use as a companion as you read the book and answer the questions.
  • You cannot exit the online test once you begin, so have your answers available.
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Bio: Candice M. Monson, PhD

Candice M. Monson, PhD, is a professor of psychology and director of clinical training at Ryerson University in Toronto, Ontario. She is also an affiliate of the Women's Health Sciences Division of the U.S Veterans Affairs National Center for Posttraumatic Stress Disorders, where she previously served as deputy director. Dr. Monson is one of the foremost experts on traumatic stress and the use of individual and conjoint therapies to treat posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). She has published extensively on the development, evaluation, and dissemination of PTSD treatments, as well as gender differences in violence perpetration and victimization. She is a Fellow of the Canadian Psychological Association. She coauthored, Cognitive Processing Therapy: Veteran/Military Version, and is the original developer of cognitive-behavioral conjoint therapy for PTSD. Dr. Monson is well-known for her efforts in training clinicians in evidence-based interventions for PTSD.

Bio: Philippe Shnaider, MA

Philippe Shnaider, MA, is a graduate student in the department of psychology at Ryerson University. His research focuses on examining the associations between PTSD, intimate relationships, and partners? psychological functioning, as well as how these factors change in individual and couple-based interventions. Additionally, his research examines the associations between impairments in specific domains of psychosocial functioning and PTSD symptom clusters, with a focus on how changes in these variables occur with treatment. His clinical interests include the treatment of PTSD and anxiety disorders, as well as the use of couple-based interventions to treat individual mental health conditions. He is also involved in efforts to disseminate empirically based treatments for PTSD among front-line clinicians.