Understanding and Treating PTSD: New Research on Brain Changes and Effective Interventions

Presented by Richard W. Sears, Psy.D., Ph.D., MBA, ABPP

On Demand | Available Now


6 Hours  |   Pre-approved for CEU’s


This online course is on-demand.

Recorded footage and all course content (certificate, videos, quiz) will be available until April 3, 2023. Extensions cannot be granted under any circumstances. 

Registration will close on April 1, 2023. 

Sadly, our world today is filled with violence. Even those who specialize in working with trauma victims can be stunned by the stories they hear of childhood abuse, family violence, sexual assaults, and the atrocities of war. Such events can leave lasting scars for those who experience them, whether or not the residual effects lead to full‐blown clinical disorders like posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

Inevitably, no matter what kind of clinical work one does, all therapists will encounter clients with some history of trauma. Therefore, all competent clinicians should have an understanding of PTSD, and at least some level of working knowledge of the principles involved in the treatment of individuals with trauma histories.

Even experienced trauma clinicians using our best evidence-based practices for PTSD, such as Cognitive Processing Therapy and Prolonged Exposure, know that these interventions do not work for everyone. Hence, research is continually seeking tools to enhance current treatments, and to decrease residual symptoms, and it is important to keep abreast of these new developments.

Newer research with promising interventions like Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy teach clients to relate differently to their thoughts, emotions, and body sensation while helping to build a life worth living.

Through lecture, discussion, and case examples, join clinical psychologist Dr. Richard Sears for this 6-hour workshop as he clarifies recent research on PTSD, the principles of exposure, and an overview of the principles and tools of Cognitive Processing Therapy, mindfulness, and ACT to provide you with practical tools and techniques to help your clients recover from trauma.

Diagnostic considerations

DSM-5 criteria

Stress versus trauma

Trauma reactions vs. PTSD

Biological and neurological aspects

General Treatment Considerations

The avoidance cycle

Principles of exposure

Details are not necessary

Uncoupling affect from thoughts, memories, and triggers

Present Centered Therapy: How placebo became treatment

Prolonged Exposure

Trauma psychoeducation

Creating an exposure hierarchy

Imaginal and in vivo exposure

Cognitive Processing Therapy

Identifying the beliefs that keep clients stuck

Assimilated and over-accommodated beliefs

Importance of Socratic dialogue

Challenging beliefs: Moving through stuck points

The 12 sessions of CPT


Clinical mindfulness

Moving into versus avoidance

The 8 sessions of Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy

Creative Hopelessness: Letting go of what doesn’t work

The importance of psychological flexibility

The 6 processes of change

The tin can monster exercise

The file cabinet exercise

  • At the conclusion of this program, attendees will be able to:
  • Determine the diagnostic criteria for PTSD, and how it differs from stress reactions
  • Understand the neurobiological aspects of PTSD, and how treatment rewires the brain
  • Utilize the key elements of exposure therapy to break the cycle of avoidance
  • Identify stuck points that interfere with recovery from PTSD
  • Employ mindfulness techniques as a kind of exposure
  • Define psychological flexibility and its role in PTSD treatment

Clinical Professionals: All mental health professionals including, but not limited to Clinical Counsellors, Psychologists, Psychotherapists, Social Workers, Nurses, Occupational Therapists, Hospice and Palliative Care Workers, School Counsellors, Youth Workers, Mental Health Workers, Addiction Specialists, Marital & Family Therapists, Speech Language Pathologists, Vocational Rehabilitation Consultants and all professionals looking to enhance their therapeutic skills.

Richard W. Sears, Psy.D, Ph.D, MBA, ABPP, is a board-certified clinical psychologist in Cincinnati, Ohio, USA. He is a professor at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine and Department of Psychology, where he teaches courses on psychopathology and clinical interventions. Dr. Sears has performed assessments and psychotherapy on a broad variety of individuals in a number of settings, including hospital inpatient units, community mental health centres, veteran’s hospitals, residential treatment centres, private practice, and forensic facilities. He regularly gives workshops on CBT, MBCT, ACT, and mindfulness across the United States and other countries. He is an author of over a dozen books, including The CBT & Mindfulness Toolbox and Mindfulness: Living through Challenges and Enriching Your Life in this Moment. His website is www.psych-insights.com

RegistrationEarly bird FeeRegular Fee
Individual Enrollment$249.00N/A
Full-Time Student$199.00N/A

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