Intensive Workshop in Prolonged Exposure Therapy for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

July 29 to August 1, 2024

Co-sponsored by:  Philadelphia Behavior Therapy Association

Who may attend:  Licensed mental health professionals or those working under a licensed mental health professional. Because of the advanced nature of this workshop and the limited enrollment, participants should have prior experience treating trauma survivors.

Dates:       Monday, July 29, 2024 - Thursday, August 1, 2024 

Times:       9:00am to 5:00pm EST Monday-Wednesday

                   9:00am to 4:00pm EST Thursday

Cost:          $1500.00 USD per person. This fee covers the cost of workshop and supporting materials, which will include all slide handouts and assessment materials to be emailed to you prior to the workshop

Workshop Location: Zoom video conferencing platform (you will be sent an invitation with instructions prior to the workshop)

Workshop Description: Select CTSA faculty will provide intensive instruction in the use of Prolonged Exposure Therapy 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 manual 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. 

This workshop is the pre-requisite for eligibility for Certification as a Prolonged Exposure Therapist. Beginning in January, 2025, save $1,000 when you bundle registration for this workshop and PE Therapist certification. Click here for more information.

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

 

Webinar workshop requirements:

You will be asked to affirm the previous conditions and your agreement to them prior to the commencement of the workshop.

 

If you are interested in and eligible for Continuing Education credits, read below:

THE PHILADELPHIA BEHAVIOR THERAPY ASSOCIATION (PBTA) IS APPROVED BY THE AMERICAN PSYCHOLOGICAL ASSOCIATION TO SPONSOR CONTINUING EDUCATION FOR PSYCHOLOGISTS.  PBTA MAINTAINS RESPONSIBILITY FOR THE PROGRAM AND ITS CONTENT.  THIS PRESENTATION PROVIDES TWENTY-FOUR (24) HOURS OF CE CREDITS FOR PSYCHOLOGISTS.

PBTA IS ALSO AN AUTHORIZED PROVIDER FOR CONTINUING EDUCATION CREDITS FOR PROFESSIONAL COUNSELORS, MARRIAGE AND FAMILY THERAPISTS, AND CLINICAL SOCIAL WORKERS LICENSED IN THE STATE OF PENNSYLVANIA - THIS PROGRAM PROVIDES TWENTY-FOUR (24) HOURS OF CE CREDITS. 

In order to receive continuing education credits, participants must:

  • attend each hour of the workshop (no late arrivals or early departures)
  • complete a post-test and course evaluation

If both of these requirements are met, you will receive a continuing education certificate after the conclusion of the workshop.

Instructions for Registration

Registrations are due one week in advance and must be completed in full. 

To register, complete the online registration.

If you need to withdraw your application for any reason, please email Dr. Sandy Capaldi. Note that workshop fees are non-refundable after the application due date (one week before the start of the workshop). 

 

About the Presenters (please note that all presenters may not be scheduled to teach in each workshop)

Lily Brown, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor of Psychology in Psychiatry and Director at the Center for the Treatment and Study of Anxiety.  Dr. Brown received her Bachelors of Science Degree in Psychology at Drexel University and her Doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology and Learning and Behavior Psychology at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA).  In graduate school, Dr. Brown researched mechanisms of change in fear conditioning and extinction, with a particular focus on posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), in the Anxiety and Depression Research Center.  She completed her predoctoral internship at Brown University in the Psychosocial Research Department where she completed research on the rate of suicidal behaviors in patients with PTSD.   Dr. Brown’s current research focuses on treatment development and implementation to mitigate suicide risk in patients with anxiety disorders and PTSD.  She specializes in cognitive-behavior therapy for anxiety disorders, including Exposure and Response prevention (EX/RP) for obsessive compulsive disorder, and has been trained in the treatment of borderline personality disorder. 

Sandy Capaldi, Psy.D. is Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychiatry and Associate Director, Clinical Director, & Director of Implementation at the Center for the Treatment and Study of Anxiety (CTSA). Dr. Capaldi completed her undergraduate degree in psychology at Temple University and received a master of arts degree in clinical psychology at MCP Hahnemann University. She went on to receive a master of science degree and to complete her doctoral studies in clinical psychology at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. She is a licensed clinical psychologist who has a variety of clinical experiences with patient populations ranging from children to older adults and is certified by the CTSA as a PE Therapist, Consultant, and Trainer and as an Exposure and Response Prevention for OCD (Ex/RP) Therapist and Consultant. Dr. Capaldi also specializes in cognitive-behavioral treatment for trichotillomania, excoriation disorder, social anxiety, panic disorder, agoraphobia, specific phobias, generalized anxiety, and somatic symptom and related disorders.

Danielle Cooper, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychiatry at the Center for the Treatment and Study of Anxiety (CTSA) in the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Cooper received her B.A. from Bucknell University with a major in Psychology and a minor in Dance. She received her M.A. at Boston University working at the Center for Anxiety and Related Disorders (CARD). She then worked as a clinical research coordinator at the Boston VA. Dr. Cooper obtained her M.S. and Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Ohio University working within psychotherapy and anxiety research labs. Dr. Cooper completed her clinical internship at the Ann Arbor VA in 2019 with rotations in General Mental Health, PTSD, Women’s Mental Health, and Neuropsychology.  Dr. Cooper joined the CTSA as a post-doctoral fellow in 2019. At the CTSA, Dr. Cooper specializes in EX/RP for OCD, PE for PTSD, HRT for body-focused repetitive behavior disorders, and cognitive behavioral interventions for panic disorder, social anxiety disorder, specific phobias, generalized anxiety disorder, ARFID, and depressive disorders. Dr. Cooper works with children, adolescents, and adults. She is a certified clinician, consultant, and supervisor in Prolonged Exposure (PE) for PTSD and Exposure and Response (Ritual) Prevention (EX/RP) for OCD. She also continues to be involved in clinical studies at the CTSA, with a particular interest in PTSD research. Dr. Cooper is highly interested in the dissemination and implementation of evidence-based treatments and is involved in clinical teaching, supervision, and consultation of these treatments. She is also a member of the consultation team at The Penn Collaborative for CBT and Implementation Science at the University of Pennsylvania. 

Edna B. Foa, Ph.D., is a Professor of Clinical Psychology in Psychiatry at the University of Pennsylvania and Director of the Center for the Treatment and Study of Anxiety. She received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology and Personality, from University of Missouri, Columbia, in 1970. Dr. Foa devoted her academic career to study the psychopathology and treatment of anxiety disorders, primarily obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and social phobia and is currently one of the world leading experts in these areas.

Elizabeth Turk-Karan, Ph.D., is the Director of Practicum and Internship Training at the CTSA. She received her bachelor's degree from the University of Pennsylvania, and her M.S. and Ph.D. from Rutgers University in 1993. After several years in private practice, she returned to the CTSA in order to be more involved in disseminating empirically-supported anxiety treatments. Dr. Turk-Karan has worked as an assessor and therapist on research studies of Panic Disorder, Social Phobia, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder at the University of Pennsylvania, the Medical College of Pennsylvania/EPPI, and the University of Pittsburgh. She is a licensed clinical psychologist who has a variety of clinical experiences with patient populations ranging from children, adolescents, and adults. Dr. Turk-Karan specializes in Prolonged Exposure Therapy (PE) for PTSD, Exposure and Response Prevention (EX/RP) for OCD, and cognitive-behavioral treatment for social anxiety, panic disorder, specific phobias, and generalized anxiety.

Jeremy Tyler, Psy.D., is an Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychiatry and Director of Web & Day-Program Services at the Center for the Treatment and Study of Anxiety (CTSA). Dr. Tyler received his Doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine in 2016. Dr. Tyler joined the CTSA in 2016 after the completing his clinical internship at the Dallas VA, where he completed clinical rotations in the PTSD/trauma clinic, PTSD/substance abuse clinic, outpatient mental health clinic, and spinal cord injury center. Dr. Tyler’s research interests include understanding the role of transdiagnostic mechanisms involved in the treatment of anxiety-related disorders, including OCD and PTSD, with a particular interest in the role of anxiety sensitivity, perfectionism and emotion regulation. Clinically, Dr. Tyler is certified in providing and supervising Prolonged Exposure (PE) for PTSD and Exposure and Response (Ritual) Prevention (EX/RP) for OCD. Additionally, he provides cognitive-behavioral treatments for social anxiety, panic disorder, specific phobias, and generalized anxiety. Additionally, Dr. Tyler is highly interested in the dissemination and implementation of these treatments and is highly involved in clinical teaching, supervision, and consultation of these treatments.

Additional Resources

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