Department of Psychiatry

Penn Behavioral Health

Intensive Training in Prolonged Exposure Therapy for PTSD

*** Deadline extended until April 22, 2016 or until workshop reaches capacity, whichever comes first.

Date: Monday, May 2, 2016 through Thursday, May 5, 2016

In this workshop, faculty from the Center for the Treatment & Study of Anxiety will provide intensive instruction in the use of Prolonged Exposure Therapy for survivors of trauma.

This intensive workshop on how to implement Prolonged Exposure Therapy will begin with instruction in the basics of all components of PE. The second half of the workshop will focus on how to modify therapy 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 manual will be emphasized. 

During this workshop, participants will be presented detailed case vignettes that illustrate use of PE in the treatment of trauma survivors with chronic PTSD. Participants will also see segments of videotaped therapy sessions conducted by experts that illustrate all PE therapy components. and will be given the opportunity to practice PE procedures with other attendees with feedback from faculty trainers. We will also provide detailed treatment manuals and supporting materials used in providing the therapy.

At the end of this workshop, participants should be able to:

  • Describe the diagnosis and psychopathology of PTSD
  • Discuss emotional processing theory as it relates to Prolonged Exposure Therapy for PTSD
  • Discuss empirically-supported, psychotherapeutic treatments for chronic PTSD and the comparative efficacy of these treatment approaches
  • Explain how clients can be helped to emotionally engage in and process traumatic memories, with the aim of reducing trauma-related symptoms and difficulties
  • Implement psychoeducational treatment components of Prolonged Exposure Therapy for PTSD
  • Construct an in-vivo exposure hierarchy that includes a range of situations that safely and effectively promote learning while expanding the client’s world.
  • Implement in-vivo exposure to safe but avoided trauma reminders with patients
  • Help patients choose an appropriate index trauma to focus on in Prolonged Exposure Therapy for PTSD
  • Conduct imaginal exposure to memories of traumatic events
  • Choose hot spots with patients and implement hot spots procedures
  • Identify and address avoidance in PE sessions
  • Identify and address over- and under-engagement in imaginal exposure

Agenda

Click here to see a sample agenda for the workshop.

Who should attend

Licensed mental heath professionals or those working under license. Because of the advanced nature of this workshop and the limited enrollment, we prefer that participants have prior experience treating trauma survivors.

Continuing Education Credits

Philadelphia Behavior Therapy Association (PBTA) is approved by the American Psychological Association to provide continuing education credits for psychologists and Pennsylvania social workers. Other licensed professionals should confirm with their respective licensing boards that CE activities in compliance with the American Psychological Association’s standards for continuing education credits are acceptable. PBTA maintains responsibility for the program.

This workshop is approved for 24 credit hours. In order to receive continuing education credits, participants must:

  • attend each hour of the workshop (no late arrivals or early departures)
  • sign in and out of the workshop each day
  • complete a post-test and course evaluation
  • pay $60 by cash or check to PBTA (payable at any time during the workshop)

If all of these requirements are met, PBTA can provide you with a continuing education certificate at the conclusion of the workshop.

Dates

Monday, May 2, 2016 – Thursday, May 5, 2016

Times

9:00 am to 5:00 pm daily (8:30 am for check-in and continental breakfast)

Cost

$1200.00 per person.  This fee covers:

  • The cost of workshop
  • A therapist guide to PE: “Prolonged Exposure Therapy for PTSD: Emotional Processing of Traumatic Experiences” (Foa, Hembree, & Rothbaum, 2007), published by Oxford University Press
  • A patient workbook for PE: “Reclaiming Your Life from a Traumatic Experience: Workbook” (Rothbaum, Foa, & Hembree, 2007), published by Oxford University Press
  • A workshop binder which includes all handouts and supporting materials

Where to Stay

There are several options for local housing. For more information click here.

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New Workshop Offering!

Prolonged Exposure for Adolescents

(1 day addition to the Intensive Workshop in Prolonged Exposure Therapy Workshop)

This workshop will:

  • Provide instruction in the basic differences between PE and PE-A
  • Use excerpts from videotaped sessions to illustrate how to use PE with adolescents
  • Include case vignettes and discussion of when and how to implement PE-A
  • Provide guidelines for how and when to modify PE techniques to tailore the therapy to adolescents

At the end of this workshop, participants should be able to:

  • Describe the differences between PE and PE-A
  • Discuss the background and empirical evidence for PE-A
  • Identify appropriate candiddates for PE-A
  • Use motivational interviewing and case management techniques to prepare individuals for PE-A
  • Implement psychoeducational treatment components of PE-A
  • Construct a real life experiment hierarchy that includes a range of situations that safely and effectively promote learning while expanding the client's world
  • Conduct memory talk to memories of traumatic events
  • Choose worst moments with patients and implement worst moments procedures
  • Implement relapse prevention techniques
  • Conduct a treatment termination session in which the patient's progress is reviewed

Who should attend

This workshop is open to licensed mental health professionals and those working under a license that have completed the 4-day Intensive Workshop in Prolonged Exposure within the last 5 years.

Continuing Education Credit

Philadelphia Behavior Therapy Association (PBTA) is approved by the American Psychological Association to provide continuing education credits for psychologists and Pennsylvania social workers. Other licensed professionals should confirm with their respective licensing boards that CE activities in compliance with the American Psychological Association's standards for continuing education credits are acceptable. PBTA maintains responsibility for the program.

The Prolonged Exposure for Adolescents workshop is approved for 7 credit hours. In order to receive continuing education credits, participants must:

  • attend each hour of the workshop (no late arrivals or early departures)
  • sign in and out of the workshop
  • complete a post-test and course evaluation
  • pay $60 by check or money order to PBTA (payable at any time during the workshop)

If all of these requirements are met, PBTA can provide you with a continuing education certificate at the conclusion of the workshop.

Times

9:00 am to 5:00 pm (8:30 am for check-in and continental breakfast)

Cost

$300.00 per person

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Registration

To Register

To download a registration form, please click on one of the links below: 

Registration Deadline

For the May 2016 workshop, completed registration forms and payment must be received by April 1, 2016. Payments will be processed after that date. No refunds will be available after payment is processed.

Instructions for Completing and Submitting Registration Form

Please complete the entire form and provide all information requested. Registration forms can be submitted:

Postal Mail:
Sandy Capaldi, Psy.D.
Center for the Treatment and Study of Anxiety
Department of Psychiatry
University of Pennsylvania
3535 Market Street, Suite 600 North
Philadelphia, PA 19104-3309

Fax: 215-746-3311
Attn:  Dr. Sandy Capaldi

Email (as a Microsoft Word or PDF attachment): sandraca@mail.med.upenn.edu

Registration Confirmation

Once your registration form is received, you will receive a confirmation via email. Please do not make travel or other arrangements until your registration is confirmed. Note that we can only reserve your space if you provide payment information or a check.

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Payment Information

  • Full payment of $1200 is due by April 1, 2016.
  • Workshop fees are non-refundable after April 1, 2016. Please note that payments will not be processed until the due date of April 1, 2016.
  • We accept checks, money orders, Discover, MasterCard, and Visa. Unfortunately, we do not accept American Express.
  • If paying by check, please make check or money order payable to “CPUP.”

Additional Resources

Click for more information about Prolonged Exposure Therapy


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