27 CEs
CEU Course

4-Day Intensive Workshop: Prolonged Exposure for PTSD (January 2024)

Cognitive Behavior Institute is excited to welcome David Yusko, Psy.D, Christina DiChiara, Psy.D, Steve Tsao, Ph.D, and Shannon Murphy, PhD, for a 4-Day Intensive Workshop on: Prolonged Exposure for PTSD.


1/18/2024 9:00AM - 5:00PM EST


1/19/2024 9:00AM - 5:00PM EST


1/25/2024 9:00AM - 5:00PM EST


1/26/2024 9:00AM - 4:00PM EST



Credit Hours

27 Clinical CEs

Course Overview

Globally, the approximately lifetime prevalence of PTSD is 3.4% overall and 8% among those exposed to trauma (Shein et al., 2021). Half of those who have experienced PTSD report persistent symptoms (Koenen et al., 2017). There are several empirically-based treatments for PTSD, one of which is prolonged exposure (Blankenship, 2017). PE is a manualized treatment for survivors of trauma, multiple studies demonstrating reductions in PTSD over time (Hendriks, et al., 2018; Zoellner, Roy-Byrne, Mavissakalian, and Feeny, 2019). PE is a clinical best practice and is strongly recommended by the American Psychological Association for the treatment of PTSD (APA, 2017; Schnurr et al., 2022). PE also has comparable efficacy when delivered in person versus through telehealth (Wells et al., 2020).

This training will provide intensive instruction in the use of Prolonged Exposure Therapy (PE) for survivors of trauma, covering the basics of all components of PE and how to modify PE procedures in order to tailor the treatment to the client’s response to exposure. Maintaining focus on treatment of PTSD while maintaining flexibility in following the PE treatment manual (Foa et al., 2019) will be emphasized. Lecture, discussion, videotaped therapy sessions, and participant role plays with feedback from faculty trainers are used to accomplish the goals of the workshop.

Learning Objectives

  1. Participants will describe the diagnosis of PTSD
  2. Participants will describe psychopathology of PTSD
  3. Participants will describe emotional processing theory as it relates to Prolonged Exposure Therapy for PTSD
  4. Participants will describe empirically-supported, psychotherapeutic treatments for chronic PTSD
  5. Participants will compare the efficacy of these treatment approaches empirically-supported, psychotherapeutic treatments for chronic PTSD
  6. Participants will explain considerations in deciding whether or not to use PE with a patient
  7. Participants will explain how clients can be helped to emotionally engage in and process traumatic memories, with the aim of reducing trauma-related symptoms and difficulties
  8. Participants will use psychoeducational treatment components of Prolonged Exposure Therapy for PTSD
  9. Participants will construct an in-vivo exposure hierarchy that includes a range of situations that safely and effectively promote learning while expanding the client’s world.
  10. Participants will use in-vivo exposure to safe but avoided trauma reminders with patients
  11. Participants will demonstrate how to help patients choose an appropriate index trauma to focus on in Prolonged Exposure Therapy for PTSD
  12. Participants will apply imaginal exposure to memories of traumatic events
  13. Participants will choose hot spots with patients
  14. Participants will use hot spots procedures
  15. Participants will identify avoidance in PE sessions
  16. Participants will demonstrate how to address avoidance in PE sessions
  17. Participants will identify over-engagement in imaginal exposure
  18. Participants will demonstrate how to address over-engagement in imaginal exposure
  19. Participants will identify under-engagement in imaginal exposure
  20. Participants will demonstrate how to address under-engagement in imaginal exposure

Course Bibliography

American Psychological Association (2017). Clinical Practice Guideline for the Treatment of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) in Adults. https://www.apa.org/ptsd-guideline

Fina, B. A., Wright, E. C., Rauch, S. A., Norman, S. B., Acierno, R., Cuccurullo, L. A. J., ... & Foa, E. B. (2021). Conducting prolonged exposure for PTSD during the COVID-19 pandemic: considerations for treatment. Cognitive and behavioral practice, 28(4), 532-542.

Foa, E. B., Hembree, E. A., Rothbaum, B. O., & Rauch, S. A. M. (2019). Prolonged exposure therapy for PTSD: Emotional processing of traumatic experiences: Therapist guide, 2nd ed. Oxford University Press. https://doi.org/10.1093/med-psych/9780190926939.001.0001

Foa, E. B., Bredemeier, K., Acierno, R., Rosenfield, D., Muzzy, W., Tuerk, P. W., ... & McLean, C. P. (2022). The efficacy of 90-min versus 60-min sessions of prolonged exposure for PTSD: A randomized controlled trial in active-duty military personnel. Journal of consulting and clinical psychology, 90(6), 503.

Schnurr, P. P., Chard, K. M., Ruzek, J. I., Chow, B. K., Resick, P. A., Foa, E. B., Marx, B. P., Friedman, M. J., Bovin, M. J., Caudle, K. L., Castillo, D., Curry, K. T., Hollifield, M., Huang, G. D., Chee, C. L., Astin, M. C., Dickstein, B., Renner, K., Clancy, C. P., Collie, C., … Shih, M. C. (2022). Comparison of Prolonged Exposure vs Cognitive Processing Therapy for Treatment of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder Among US Veterans: A Randomized Clinical Trial. JAMA network open, 5(1), e2136921. https://doi.org/10.1001/jamanetworkopen.2021.3692...

Schein, J., Houle, C., Urganus, A., Cloutier, M., Patterson-Lomba, O., Wang, Y., King, S., Levinson, W., Guérin, A., Lefebvre, P., & Davis, L. L. (2021). Prevalence of post-traumatic stress disorder in the United States: a systematic literature review. Current medical research and opinion, 37(12), 2151–2161. https://doi.org/10.1080/03007995.2021.1978417

Wells, S. Y., Morland, L. A., Wilhite, E. R., Grubbs, K. M., Rauch, S., Acierno, R., & McLean, C. P. (2020). Delivering Prolonged Exposure Therapy via Videoconferencing During the COVID-19 Pandemic: An Overview of the Research and Special Considerations for Providers. Journal of traumatic stress, 33(4), 380–390. https://doi.org/10.1002/jts.22573


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Course Schedule

Course Date Course Start Time Course End Time Timezone
1/18/2024 9:00AM 5:00PM EST
1/19/2024 9:00AM 5:00PM EST
1/25/2024 9:00AM 5:00PM EST
1/26/2024 9:00AM 4:00PM EST

Course Agenda

Course Event Day or Date Course Agenda Time Block Course Content Covered
DAY 1 8:30-9:00 Zoom Check-In
DAY 1 9:00-12:45 Prolonged Exposure Therapy for PTSD
  • Diagnosis of PTSD
  • What is evidence-based treatment for PTSD
  • Clinical Practice Guidelines for PTSD
  • Emotional processing theory
DAY 1 15 min mid-morning break
DAY 1 12:45-1:15 Lunch Break
DAY 1 1:15-3:30 Evidence for PE Assessment and Preparation for PE
DAY 1 3:30-3:45 Break
DAY 1 3:45-5:00 Prolonged Exposure Therapy Program
  • Key Components
  • Pitching PE and enhancing motivation
  • Overview of 10 Session Treatment
DAY 2 8:30-9:00 Zoom Check-In
DAY 2 9:00-10:45 Session 1: Overall PE Treatment Rationale
  • Rationale for why PTSD develops and how PE works
  • Video Illustration of overall rationale for PE
DAY 2 10:45-11:00 15 min break
DAY 2 11:00-12:45 Session 1: Overall PE Treatment Rationale
  • Second video Illustration of overall rationale for PE
  • BREAK OUT ROLE PLAY - practice delivery of overall rationale in small group
DAY 2 12:45-1:15 Lunch Break
DAY 2 1:15-5:00
  • Rationale for in vivo exposure
  • Use of Subjective Units of Distress Scale (SUDS)
  • Constructing an in vivo exposure hierarchy
  • Video Illustration of In Vivo Rationale/SUDS/Hierarchy Construction
  • Second video illustration of in vivo rationale/SUDS/Hierarchy
Session 2 BREAK OUT - Role Play in vivo rationale/SUDS/hierarchy construction In Vivo Exposure Special Considerations
DAY 3 8:30-9:00 Zoom Check-In
DAY 3 9:00-12:45 Session 3: Imaginal Exposure in PE – revisiting trauma memory
  • Rationale for imaginal exposure in PE
  • Procedure for conducting imaginal exposure in PE
  • Several video illustrations of imaginal exposure rationale, imaginal exposure instructions, and imaginal exposure
Time Permitting: BREAK OUT - Role Play Imaginal Exposure rationale, instructions, and imaginal exposure
DAY 3 10:45-11:00 15 min break
DAY 3 12:45-1:15 Lunch Break
DAY 3 1:15-5:00 Processing Imaginal Exposure in PE
  • Addressing feelings of anger, guilt, and shame
  • Video illustration of processing imaginal exposure
Sessions 6-9: Hot Spots Procedure for Imaginal Exposure Session 10: Final Session in PE
  • Reassessing SUDS, relapse prevention, and post-treatment planning
  • Video illustration of Final Session in PE
DAY 3 3:30-3:45 15 min break
DAY 4 8:30-9:00 Zoom Check-In
DAY 4 9:00-11:00 herapist Concerns about Exposure Therapy for PTSD Burn Out and Compassion Fatigue PE via Teleheatlh Factors that Impair Effective Emotional Engagement in PE: Avoidance
  • Reluctance to do imaginal exposure in session
  • Reluctance to do in vivo and/or imaginal exposure homework
  • Two video illustrations of Avoidance
DAY 4 10:45-11:00 15 min break
DAY 4 11:00-12:45 Factors that Impair Effective Emotional Engagement in PE: Under-Engagement
  • Video Illustration of Hot Spots, Under-Engagement, and Avoidance of Imaginal Exposure in Session
DAY 4 12:45-1:15 Lunch Break
DAY 4 3:30-3:45 15 min break
DAY 4 1:15-4:00pm Factors that Impair Effective Emotional Engagement in PE: Over-Engagement
  • Several videos illustrating imaginal exposure modifications for over-engagement and imaginal exposure process for prolonged trauma over several days
Maintaining the Focus on PE & Homework Compliance
Review of Treatment/Forms
PE Consultation

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