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Course Information

Evidence Based Therapies for PTSD: Prolonged Exposure and Cognitive Processing Therapy (May 2017)


This presentation will educate clinicians about one of the most common invisible wounds of war-Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and the Evidence Based Therapies that research has found to be the most successful at treating PTSD: Prolonged Exposure (PE) and Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT).  You will learn the unique aspects of military culture and tips for how to engage service members, veterans and military connected families in care.  Case examples will be presented and discussed.  This training will be an in-person, 1 day workshop.

Learning Objectives

At the end of this program, participants will be able to

  • Differentiate between criterion A traumatic events and stressful events
  • Identify index traumas
  • Recognize and reduce avoidance behaviors that interfere with treatment
  • Summarize the unique aspects of military culture and how they affect veteran mental health
8:30-9:00 am

Welcome: Coffee, Registration, Pre-Training Surveys

9:00-9:15 am


9:15-10:00 am

Review of PTSD Assessment

10:00-10:45 am

Engaging Patients in Care - Introducing CPT/PE to patients

10:45-11:00 am


11:00-11:45 am

Avoidance Behaviors

11:45 am-12:45 pm

Psychoeducation on Military Culture

12:45-1:30 pm

Lunch (provided)

1:30-4:30 pm

PE/CPT Break-Out Groups (rotating through topics with breaks between)

4:30-5:00 pm

Post-Training Assessments

Target Audience

This program is intended for

  • Psychologists
  • Social workers
  • Licensed mental health counselors

Live Event Date: May 19, 2017

This activity is not eligible for  AMA PRA Category 1 CreditTM.






Psychologists CE Credit

The Massachusetts General Hospital Department of Psychiatry is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The Massachusetts General Hospital Department of Psychiatry maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

This offering meets the criteria for 6.00 continuing education credit for psychologists.


Social Workers

The Collaborative of NASW, Boston College, and Simmons College Schools of Social Work authorizes social work continuing education credits for courses, workshops, and educational programs that meet the criteria outlined in 258 CMR of the Massachusetts Board of Registration of Social Workers

Application for social work continuing education credits has been submitted. Please contact us at 866-644-7792 or for the status of social work CE accreditation.


Licensed Mental Health Counselors

MaMHCA, and its agent, MMCEP has been designated by the Board of Allied Mental Health and Human Service Professions to approve sponsors of continuing education for licensed mental health counselors in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts for licensure renewal, in accordance with the requirements of 262 CMR 7.00.

This program has been approved for 6.00 CE credits for Licensed Mental Health Counselors.



 Other Professions

This course allows other providers to claim a Participation Certificate upon successful completion of this course.

Participation Certificates will specify the title, location, type of activity, date of activity, and number of psychologist credits associated with the activity. Providers should check with their regulatory agencies to determine ways in which psychologist credits may or may not fulfill continuing education requirements. Providers should also consider saving copies of brochures, agenda, and other supporting documents.


Louis Chow, PhD
Emma Morrison, MPA
Susan E. Sprich, PhD,  psychologist reviewer

Disclosure Information


In accord with the disclosure policy of Massachusetts General Hospital Psychiatry Academy as well as guidelines set forth by the Accreditation Council on Continuing Medical Education, all people in control of educational content, including speakers, course directors, planners, and reviewers, have been asked to disclose all relevant financial relationships with commercial interests of both themselves and their spouses/partners over the past 12 months, as defined below:


Commercial Interest

The ACCME defines a “commercial interest” as any entity producing, marketing, re-selling, or distributing health care goods or services, used on, or consumed by, patients. The ACCME does not consider providers of clinical service directly to patients to be commercial interests. For more information, visit

Financial relationships

Financial relationships are those relationships in which the individual benefits by receiving a salary, royalty, intellectual property rights, consulting fee, honoraria, ownership interest (e.g., stocks, stock options or other ownership interest, excluding diversified mutual funds), or other financial benefit.  Financial benefits are usually associated with roles such as employment, management position, independent contractor (including contracted research), consulting, speaking and teaching, membership on advisory committees or review panels, board membership, and other activities from which remuneration is received, or expected.  ACCME considers relationships of the person involved in the CME activity to include financial relationships of a spouse or partner.

Relevant financial relationships 

ACCME focuses on financial relationships with commercial interests in the 12-month period preceding the time that the individual is being asked to assume a role controlling content of the CME activity. ACCME has not set a minimal dollar amount for relationships to be significant.  Inherent in any amount is the incentive to maintain or increase the value of the relationship. The ACCME defines “’relevant’ financial relationships” as financial relationships in any amount occurring within the past 12 months that create a conflict of interest.

Conflict of Interest

Circumstances create a conflict of interest when an individual has an opportunity to affect CME content about products or services of a commercial interest with which he/she has a financial relationship.


The following planners, speakers, and content reviewers, on behalf of themselves and their spouse or partner, have reported financial relationships with an entity producing, marketing, re-selling, or distributing health care goods or services (relevant to the content of this activity) consumed by, or used on, patients:


Susan E. Sprich, PhD
Royalties: Oxford University Press (for co-authoring treatment manual and client workbook), Springer (for editing book)


All other individuals including course directors, planners, reviewers, faculty, staff, etc., who are in a position to control the content of this educational activity have, on behalf of themselves and their spouse or partner, reported no financial relationships related to the content of this activity.

Policy on Faculty and Provider Disclosure

It is the policy of Massachusetts General Hospital Psychiatry Academy that faculty and providers disclose real or apparent conflicts of interest relating to the topics of this educational activity. Massachusetts General Hospital Psychiatry Academy has established policies in place that identify and resolve all conflicts of interest prior to this educational activity.

Hardware/Software Specifications

This internet-based CME activity is best experienced using Internet Explorer 8+, Mozilla Firefox 3+, Safari 4+. This Web site requires that JavaScript and session cookies be enabled. Certain activities may require additional software to view multimedia, presentation, or printable versions of the content. These activities will be marked as such and will provide links to the required software. That software may be: Adobe Flash, Adobe Acrobat, Microsoft PowerPoint, and Windows Media Player.

Optimal System Configuration

Flash Player: Adobe Flash Player 10.1+
Browser: Firefox 3+, Internet Explorer 8.0+, Safari 4.0+, or Google Chrome 7.0+
Operating System: Windows XP+ or Mac OS X 10.4+
Internet Connection: 1 Mbps or higher

Minimum Requirements

Windows PC: 500-MHz Pentium II; Windows XP or higher; 128 MB RAM; Video Card at least 64MB of video memory; Sound Card at least 16-bit; Macromedia Flash Player 10 or higher, audio playback with speakers for programs with video content; Firefox 1.1+, Internet Explorer 7.0+, Safari 1.0+, Google Chrome, or Opera
Macintosh: Mac OS X 10.3 or higher with latest updates installed; 1.83MHz Intel Core Duo or faster; RAM: 128MB or more; Video Card: at least 64MB of video memory; Sound Card: at least 16-bit

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