Training for Clinicians

Prolonged Exposure for PTSD 

Prolonged Exposure (PE) is rooted in the Emotional Processing Theory of PTSD, which emphasizes that relief from PTSD symptoms must come from processing of the traumatic event. PE includes education about post-traumatic stress, breathing re-training, real life exposures, and repeated imaginal exposure to trauma memories. The latter two components are critical because 20+ years of research-based evidence shows that they reduce distress in clients, quickly (Foa, Hembree, & Rothbaum, 2007). 

PE is all about “re-learning” that memories of your trauma and situations or cues that remind you of your trauma are not the same as the trauma itself and thus, are not unsafe. Some worry that if they confront their anxiety, they will “lose control.” PE has shown that formal exposure in a therapeutic context helps these worries go away, too. Many have reclaimed their lives from PTSD through doing PE. Main goals are to reduce avoidance, re-learn that the world is not inherently dangerous, and tell the difference between the past and the present. This treatment for post-traumatic stress is highly compatible with other cognitive-behavioral based treatments. 

Training Topics:
•Overview of Trauma/PTSD
•Treatment Options
•Theoretical Foundation for PE
•PE Criteria and Considerations
•PE Procedures
•Session Breakdown

·Intimate training with 10 or less participants
•Largest number of studies supporting efficacy
•Widest range of trauma populations researched for efficacy
•Been replicated in multiple sites with experts and non-experts
•Ease of learning (can learn to deliver the treatment within this one-day training)
•Effective with complex clients

Dr. Amanda Bittner, LPC, LCPC, CCMHC, ACS, DBT-LBC Certified Clinician

Upaya Counseling office (2001 S Hanley Rd, Suite 195, Brentwood, MO 63144)

Date & Time:
Friday, December 16, 2022
9:00am-4:00pm with a one hour lunch break on your own plenty of nearby options or you may use our break room
(6 clock hour CEU certificate provided if attend entire training)

$200 (to be collected via personal check or cash on day of training)

Registration Deadline: 
Monday, December 12, 2022
Space is limited; please register early
Will confirm with all registrants on 12/12/22

Register HERE

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