Department of Psychiatry
Penn Behavioral Health

Center for the Treatment and Study of Anxiety

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Intensive Training in Prolonged Exposure Therapy for PTSD


***REGISTRATION DEADLINE EXTENDED! Spaces still available.***



Monday, August 24, 2015 through Thursday, August 27, 2015

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



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.


Monday, August 24, 2015 – Thursday, August 27, 2015


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


$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.

Training faculty

Edna Foa, Ph. D. (Director)

Sandy Capaldi, Psy.D.

Elna Yadin, Ph. D.

David Yusko, Psy. D.


To Register


To download a registration form, please click on one of the links below:
Registration Form (Word Document)
Registration Form (Adobe PDF)


Registration Deadline

For the August 2015 workshop, completed registration forms and payment must be received by July 24, 2015. 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




Attn:  Dr. Sandy Capaldi


Email as a Microsoft Word or PDF attachment:


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.



Payment Information:

  • Full payment of $1200 is due by July 24, 2015.
  • Workshop fees are non-refundable after July 24, 2015. Please note that payments will not be processed until the due date of July 24, 2015.
  • 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