Comprehensive PTSD

Comprehensive PTSD

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INSTRUCTOR: Heidi Squier Kraft, Ph.D.; Clinical Director, PsychArmor Institute

TIME: 3 Hours

SERIES: 4 Courses

 

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COURSE OVERVIEW

This is a unique four-module learning opportunity for healthcare providers who treat Veterans and would like to become more culturally competent about their patients, in addition to learning more about the way combat stress injuries present in Veterans. Providers will review stress as it relates to health and trauma, with emphasis on the stress injuries that occur with invisible wounds of war.  You will learn about trauma in the brain and discuss the evidence for actual anatomical and neurochemical changes at the moment of a traumatic experience.  You will understand the changes to the diagnostic criteria for posttraumatic stress disorder and how those changes affect their interactions with their Veteran patients.  You will review some types of combat experiences with which patients might present, and discuss co-morbidity considerations.  Finally, providers will learn about current evidence-based treatments for PTSD, as well as some promising new complementary therapies.


SUBJECT AREAS

 

  • Military Cultural Competency
  • Mental Health
  • Healthcare
  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

FORMAT

Web-Based Training, Self-Study (Online)


COURSE/SERIES LENGTH

Series: 3 Hours


CREDIT

Three Continuing Education Credits / Three Clock Hours


COURSE RELEASE DATE

September 15, 2015


TARGET AUDIENCE

This course is offered to all health care professionals and public health providers with mental health professionals as the primary audience. These courses are intended to benefit any health care professional who provides care for Service members, Veterans, and their families regardless of setting. This includes physicians--particularly psychiatrist, nurses, psychologist, social workers and counselors


COURSE LEVEL

Beginner/Intermediate


OUTCOMES & OBJECTIVES

 

  • Define the three phases of stress response
  • List the four categories of symptoms required for diagnosis of PTSD
  • Describe the new category of symptoms in DSM-V and how this impacts the diagnosis
  • Describe the functional injury caused by trauma to at least one part of the brain
  • List some of the experiences of combat which can lead to emotional suffering in combat Veterans
  • Explain why pain providers can be gatekeepers for PTSD in combat Veterans

REGISTRATION/PARTICIPATION IN ACTIVITY PROCEDURE

 

  1. Length of Course: Three Hours
  2. Review program schedule
  3. Register for course on PsychArmor's Virtual Learning Management System
  4. Attend and participate in 100% of program activity and evaluation

ACCREDITATION/APPROVAL


STATEMENT OF PARTICIPATION

A certificate of completion will be awarded to participants and accreditation records will be on file at PsychArmor Institute. In order to receive a certificate of completion from PsychArmor, learners must register in PsychArmor's learning management system, attend 100% of the program and complete the evaluations as directed in PsychArmor's course To inquire about CE's, contact CE@PsychArmor.org and provide your name, email, and license number.


SERIES SCHEDULE

 

Module One: Understanding Stress

  • Review of stress (15 Minutes)
  • Review of sympathetic and parasympathetic system (15 Minutes)
  • Overview of occupational stress (5 Minutes)
  • Understanding military stress and transitioning to civilian life (15 Minutes)
  • Summary (10 Minutes)

Module Two: PTSD

  •  Introduction (10 Minutes)
  • Review of DSM-V PTSD criteria (20 Minutes)
  • Traumatic events experienced by OEF/OIF/OND Veterans (10 Minutes)
  • Clinical practice with Veterans with PTSD (10 Minutes)
  • Summary (10 Minutes)

Module Three: The Brain & Combat Stress

  • Introduction (2 Minutes)
  • Overview of how the brain is affected by trauma (10 Minutes)
  • Summary and clinical considerations (5 Minutes)

Module Four: Pain as a Gatekeeper for Combat Trauma

  • Introduction and story about trauma and war (10 Minutes)
  • Comparing the impact of physical and invisible wounds (5 Minutes)
  • Summary and closing story (5 Minutes)

COURSE INSTRUCTOR & CREDENTIALS

 

References are available for this course upon request at Support@psycharmor.org



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