7 CEs
CEU Course

(Safety) Behavior Therapy for PTSD (June 2024)

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Cognitive Behavior Institute is excited to welcome Jason T. Goodson for a live interactive webinar on: (Safety) Behavior Therapy for PTSD.


6/7/2024 8:30AM - 4:30PM EST


Dr. Jason T. Goodson



Credit Hours

7 CEs (6 hours of clinical content and 1 hour of content related to suicide prevention.)

Course Overview

(Safety) Behavior Therapy for PTSD is a simple and effective behavior therapy that focuses on reducing and countering safety behaviors to treat PTSD. Safety behaviors are well established in the etiology and maintenance of PTSD (Dunmore et al., 1999). These behaviors both maintain the sense of threat characteristic of PTSD and prevent the processing of traumatic memories (Goodson & Haeffel, 2022). Safety behavior usage is also associated with smaller treatment gains in PTSD treatments (Goodson & Haeffel, 2018). Surprisingly, relatively little attention is given to safety behaviors in the treatment of PTSD and no treatments have been developed that solely focus on safety behaviors. This is somewhat surprising given that early conceptual models emphasized safety behaviors (Dunmore et al; 1999), several of the symptoms of PTSD are themselves safety behaviors (e.g., vigilance, avoidance, etc.), and safety behavior usage is well known to interfere with CBT treatment outcomes (Helbig-lang et al., 2017). (S)B-PTSD is divided into the following phases: 1) assessment, education, awareness building; 2) addressing safety behaviors related to intrusive memories; 3) addressing threat-related safety behaviors; and 4) moving forward. (S)B-PTSD also contains 3 optional modules specific to PTSD, which include: 1) Trust-related safety behaviors 2) Withdrawal and Avoidance-related safety behaviors, and 3) Rumination-related safety behaviors. The first phase culminates with a Master List of safety behaviors to be addressed in treatment and leads into the intrusive memory processing phase. This begins with Welcoming Intrusions, which is a mindfulness-based practice for calling up and holding intrusive memories along with the feelings that accompany them. Clients are also taught how to accept intrusions in real time. Next, purposeful trauma recall is carried out, which is a scene-by scene walk-through of the traumatic event (along with holding images and feelings for each scene). Following, trauma narrative writing is carried out in 1-2 sessions and the narrative is continued to be read until by the client feels ready to stop. Other potential interventions in this phase include addressing keeping one’s mind occupied, (e.g., do nothing for 30 minutes) countering avoidance of triggers (e.g., trigger seeking);countering avoidance of the memory (e.g.,. talking with others about the trauma when appropriate), and countering intrusions through art (e.g., drawing the trauma,, writing a poem, writing letters, etc.). These continue until the client feels the trauma has been processed. Additionally, a measure called the Intrusive Memory Questionnaire is used to help assess the extent to which the memory has been processed and this phase completed. The next phase addresses threat -related safety behaviors. This phase has a primary emphasis on countering vigilance. As an augmentation strategy, Attention Training can be used to help develop attention flexibility and the ability to refocus out of threat-based vigilance states. Two primary strategies are used to address vigilance. The first is a mindfulness intervention known as Recognize, Drop, and Refocus. The next are blocking interventions where clients are taught ways to prevent themselves from scanning for danger. While vigilance is the primary focus of this phase, other safety behaviors are addressed in this phase as well (checking, escape, evade, planning, excessive preparation, etc.). During this phase, the goal to work through all the safety behaviors on the master list. The SBAF-PTSD subscale is a useful measure for helping determine when clients are ready to end this treatment phase. The final phase of treatment is Moving Forward, which is a discussion of progress and how to maintain gains in treatment.

(S)B-PTSD also has three optional modules that can be useful, especially for relationship distress and/or depression. These include: 1) trust-related safety behaviors (identifying and countering interpersonal protective safety behaviors); 2) withdrawal and avoidance safety behaviors (identifying and incorporating valued activities and valued relationships, and countering avoided situations), and 3) rumination (monitoring and reducing/countering rumination). Early effectiveness data show large treatment effects for (S)B-PTSD. One PTSD clinical team and several trainees have undergone this training for (S)B-PTSD and approximately 25 cases have been completed. Outcomes show reductions similar to those seen in prolonged exposure therapy with significant decreases in PTSD, depression, intrusions, and safety behaviors and significant increases in quality of life. A description of the treatment and early outcomes have published in the Journal of Clinical Psychology and Special Education (Goodson & Haeffel, 2022).

Participants will be given client and therapist workbooks along with helpful treatment forms and materials. They will also be given a copy of the Safety Behavior Assessment Form and the recently validated PTSD subscale.

Learning Objectives

  • Participants will identify safety behaviors in PTSD
  • Participants will define safety behaviors, identify different categories, and describe their function (how they maintain PTSD)
  • Participants will identify core fears/beliefs that underlie safety behaviors and explain the mutual maintaining relationship between core fears/beliefs and safety behaviors
  • Participants will describe the procedures for administering and scoring the safety behavior assessment form (SBAF) identify primary SBAF subscale, and use the primary SBAF subscale to measure progress throughout treatment
  • Participants will identify central safety behaviors and create a master list of safety behaviors to be addressed in treatment.
  • Participants will effectively explain the rationale for safety behavior elimination and countering as a treatment for PTSD
  • Participants will describe strategies for reducing/eliminating safety behaviors and effective strategies for helping clients address all safety behaviors on master list
  • Participants will identify approximately 3 core fears associated with client’s safety behaviors and develop countering exercises for each of the fears (and related safety behaviors) or negative beliefs and effectively.
  • Participants will describe Attention Training and Welcoming Intrusions, be able to provide rationales, and guide clients through them.
  • Participants will describe when and how to assess clients for suicidality within the context of behavior therapy for PTSD
  • Participants will identify three factors that increase risk of suicidality in patients with PTSD

  • Course Bibliography

    Behavior Therapy for Anxiety & PTSD (BTAP) Manuals

    Client Manual: Goodson, J.T. (2021). (Safety) Behavior Therapy for PTSD (unpublished treatment manual).

    Therapist Manual: Goodson, J.T. (2021) (Safety) Behavior Therapy for PTSD (unpublished manual)

    Publications related to the treatment

    Dunmore, E., Clark, D.M. & Ehlers, A. (1999). Cognitive factors involved in the onset and maintenance of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) after physical or sexual assault. Behaviour Research and Therapy, 37, 809-829.

    Goodson, J.T. & Haeffel, G.J. (2022). Treating Posttraumatic Stress Disorder in Combat Veterans: A Guide to Using Behavior Therapy for Anxiety and PTSD (BTAP). Clinical Psychology and Special Education, 2022. Vol. 11 (Accepted for Publication).

    Goodson, J.T. & Haeffel, G.H. (2018). Preventative and restorative safety behaviors: Effects on exposure treatment outcomes and risk for future anxious symptoms. Journal of Clinical Psychology,74, 1657-1672

    Goodson, J.T, Haeffel, G.J., Raush, D.A.,& Hershenberg, R. (2016). The safety behavior assessment form: Development and validation. Journal of Clinical Psychology,72, 10, 1099-1111. DOI: 10.1002/jclp.22325.

    Goodson, J.T. (2017). Outcome evaluation in psychotherapy. SAGE Encyclopedia of Abnormal and Clinical Psychology. SAGE: Thousand Oaks.doi.org/10.4135/9781483365817.n966

    Goodson, JT, Helstrom, A., Halperen, J., Ferenschak, M., Gillihan, S., Powers, M. (2011). The Treatment of Posttraumatic Stress disorder in U.S. Combat Veterans: A Meta-Analytic Review. Psychological Reports, vol. 109, pp. 573-599.

    Helbig-Lang, S., Richter, J., Thomas, L. et al (2014).The role of safety behaviors in exposure-based treatment for panic disorder and agoraphobia: Associations to symptom severity, treatment course, and outcome. Journal of Anxiety Disorders , 28, 836-844.


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    Course Schedule

    Course Date Course Start Time Course End Time Timezone
    6/7/2024 8:30AM 4:30PM EST

    Course Agenda

    Course Event Day or Date Course Agenda Time Block Course Content Covered
    Day 1 8:30AM - 8:45AM
  • Introduction
  • Day 1 8:45am – 10:15am
  • What are safety behaviors and Why are they important?
  • Day 1 10:15am – 10:30am
  • Break
  • Day 1 10:30am – 12:00pm
  • How to carry out (S)B-PTSD- Assessment, Education, monitoring
  • Day 1 12:00pm – 12:30pm
  • Lunch
  • Day 1 12:30pm – 2:30pm
  • How to carry out (S)B-PTSD- Intrusive memory processing and threat-related safety behaviors
  • Day 1 2:30pm – 2:45pm
  • Break
  • Day 1 2:45pm – 4:15pm
  • Moving forward & Trust, Withdrawal, Avoidance Rumination
  • Day 1 4:15pm – 4:30pm
  • Question and answers
  • Day 1 4:30pm
  • Adjourn
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