Trauma Education Essentials


On Demand Webinar with Dr. Christine Courtois

On Demand Webinar with Dr. Christine Courtois

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PTSD Treatment Guidelines and Clinical Care. This webinar is for health professionals and trainees. All prices are in USD. Once you register, a confirmation email will be sent to you immediately. A link to the on-demand webinar will be sent to you within 24 hours.

In this webinar, Dr. Christine Courtois will discuss how the U.S. health care system increasingly utilizes clinical practice guidelines (CPGs) based on stringent systematic reviews of research findings to inform decision-making about care. There are relatively few guidelines, however, that address mental and behavioral health conditions or that include psychological interventions. To address this, in 2010, the American Psychological Association adopted the Institute of Medicine (IOM) standards for clinical practice guidelines and selected the treatment of PTSD as a topic for review. The resul­tant recommendations, “Clinical Practice Guideline for the Treatment of Posttrau­matic Stress Disorder in Adults*,” were accepted in early 2017, to be accompanied by a companion Profes­sional Practice Guideline (PPG). Professional Practice Guidelines are more broad-based documents that rely on reviews of clinical experience and consensus about the treatment of a particular population and condition. This guideline comes in addition to 4 others that were recently updated and revised.

The recommendations—along with the strengths and limitations--of the PTSD guidelines will be presented and its findings compared. Major recommendations of Professional Practice Guidelines and other authoritative writing for treatment of all forms of PTSD (including the Dissociative Disorders) ** will also be reviewed. Increasingly, emphasis is being placed on the significance of the relationship for the treatment of traumatized individuals, especially those who were interpersonally victimized. We will also discuss evidence-based relationship elements that are important to the success of treatment and have been largely ignored in the PTSD guidelines.

Christine Courtois
Christine A. Courtois, PhD, ABPP, a board-certified counseling psychologist, is retired from private practice in Washington, DC, and is a consultant/trainer on topics on trauma psychology and treatment. She cofounded and then served for 16 years as Clinical and Training Director of The CENTER: Posttraumatic Disorders Program, in Washington, DC. Dr. Courtois was chair of the Clinical Practice Guideline for the Treatment of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder in Adults for the American Psychological Association (APA), released in 2017, and for guidelines on the treatment of complex trauma for several professional organizations. She has published a number of books (four of them coedited or coauthored with Julian Ford) and numerous book chapters and articles on trauma-related topics. Dr. Courtois is past president of APA Division 56 (Trauma Psychology) and past founding Associate Editor of the Division's journal, Psychological Trauma: Theory, Research, Practice, and Policy. She served two terms on the Board of Directors of the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies (ISTSS). She has received the Award for Distinguished Contributions to Independent Practice from the APA, the Sarah Haley Award for Clinical Excellence from ISTSS, and, most recently, the Award for Distinguished Service and Contributions to the Profession of Psychology from the American Board of Professional Psychology.

Objectives: By the end of this webinar, participants will be able to:

1.      List what treatments for PTSD have an evidence-base at the present time.

2.      Differentiate between a Clinical Practice Guideline and a Professional Practice Guideline.

3.      List several relational elements that have an evidence base.

4.      identify several emerging treatments and hybrid models of treatment that are currently available.

6:30 – 7:30     Christine Courtois’ presentation
7:30 - 7:35 Break
7:35 - 8:15 Christine Courtois’ presentation
8:15 - 8:30      Questions & Answers

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2019 Registration Fee

  • Regular Rate $59

  • Student Rate $39. The student rate is for full-time students only.

  • All courses are intermediate level unless otherwise specified.

  • CE credits are only available for live webinars.

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