Psychology: Posttraumatic Stress Disorder: An Overview, 2nd Edition

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Release Date: May 1,2018
Expiration Date: May 1, 2023

While most individuals who experience traumatic stressors do not develop posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), the high incidence of trauma exposure in the United States requires routine assessment of exposure to a single traumatic event, ongoing traumatic experiences, and symptoms of PTSD. This intermediate-level course presents an interesting history of the diagnosis, provides current information on assessment approaches, and details effective treatment methods. The role of risk and resiliency factors, as well trauma-informed care are discussed. The course includes a discussion on special considerations for different populations, case examples, and an extensive resource list.

Social Workers completing this course receive 2 clinical social work continuing education credits. 

New York Social Workers - This course does NOT meet the NY Social Work Board's criteria for acceptable continuing education.

Psychologists will receive 2 CE credits upon successfully completing this course. 

Course Objectives

  • Describe the history, incidence, and etiology for PTSD.
  • Recognize risk and resiliency factors in the development of PTSD.
  • Explain trauma informed care.
  • Describe screening, assessment, differentials, and special considerations for diagnosing PTSD.
  • Explain PTSD treatment approaches and clinician self-care strategies.

About the Authors

Michelle Pardee, DNP, FNP-BC, is a family nurse practitioner (FNP) and clinical assistant professor at the University of Michigan School of Nursing. Dr. Pardee is the program lead for the FNP program and coordinator of academic programs in the Department of Health Behavior and Biological Sciences. She received her doctor of nursing practice degree from Wayne State University, where her doctoral project was a policy analysis of Michigan's maternal-infant health program.

Justin Russotti, MSW, LSW, ACS, received an MSW from the University of Southern California and a bachelor of arts degree in psychology from the State University of New York. He is in the process of completing a doctoral degree in counseling. Justin co-facilitates Delphi's RESPECT batterer intervention program and, through Resolve of Greater Rochester, developed a curriculum that initiates discussion around intimate partner violence with high school and college students.

Kelly Cue Davis, PhD, is an associate professor in the College of Nursing and Health Innovation at Arizona State University in Phoenix, AZ. She obtained her master's and doctoral degrees in clinical psychology from the University of Washington. Her current research focuses on the effects of alcohol consumption on sexuality, sexual aggression, sexual risk-taking, and violence against women.

Course Disclosures

  • Courses must be completed on or before the expiration date noted in the course description above.
  • You must score 75% or higher on the final exam and complete the course evaluation to pass this course and receive a certificate of completion.
  • Through our review processes, Elite Healthcare ensures that this course content is presented in a balanced, unbiased manner and is free from commercial influence. It is Elite Healthcare's policy not to accept commercial support.
  • All persons involved in the planning and development of this course have disclosed no relevant financial relationships or other conflicts of interest related to the course content.

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