THE AIM OF THIS WORKSHOP
The aim of the workshop is to teach the participants how to deliver prolonged exposure (PE) fro PTSD by following the manual “Prolonged Exposure therapy for PTSD: Emotional Processing Therapy”. (Foa, Hembree & Rothbaum, 2007, Oxford University Press).
During the morning of the first day, I will discuss the diagnosis and clinical picture of PTSD. I will then present a theoretical account that helps understand the factors that determined why some traumatized individuals recover and others develop chronic disorders.
Next, I will provide an overview of the efficacy of different cognitive behavioral programs that have been found helpful in ameliorating PTSD symptoms.
During the second half of the first day I will provide a detailed overview Prolonged Exposure therapy, and discuss in detail how to decide whether a given patient will benefit from PE.
In the next three days participants will learn each of the procedures that comprised prolonged exposure via description of each procedure, demonstrating how to conduct the procedure via videotapes of patients, and role play of the procedure.
These include: Overall rationale for PE, rationale for in vivo exposure, how to conduct in vivo exposure, rational for imaginal exposure, and how to conduct imaginal exposure.
Flexibility in following the manual and tailoring the treatment to the patient’s response to exposure will be emphasised.