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Prolonged Exposure (PE) has been established as an evidence-based therapy for the treatment of PTSD, and is a therapeutic approach that has shown some of the strongest clinical outcomes. This two-day, intensive seminar introduces attendees to PE, and provides step-by-step training in this exposure-based modality. After attending this hands-on, experiential training, participants will know how to integrate exposure therapy skills into their practice to help traumatized clients! All materials, including instructions for key PE skills, are included with your registration!



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This training will provide participants clinical knowledge and tools to

a). State the DSM-5 PTSD criteria.

b). Describe the Emotional Processing Theory.

c). Name one risk of PE.

d). State at least two areas of the brain that exposure therapy targets.

e). Discuss at least one PTSD assessment tool.

f). Name the five steps of the Trauma Treatment Roadmap.

g). Describe how to identify the “index trauma.”

h). State the rationale for in vivo exposure.

i). Name at least two common reactions to trauma.

j). Describe the difference between imaginal and in vivo exposure. 

k). Define “hot spot” and discuss its relevance in PE.

l). Name one other therapeutic approach PE may be integrated with.


Course Outline:

  • Introduction to PE
    • PE in a nutshell
    • PE and the Emotional Processing Theory
    • Who PE was designed for
    • Research supporting PE as an evidence-based therapy for PTSD
    • Risks and contraindications 
  • Diagnosing PTSD and other trauma- or stressor-related disorders
    • DSM-5 criteria
    • Cultural considerations
  • Brain science of trauma and exposure therapy
    • Amygdala
    • Hippocampus
    • Insula
    • Cortical areas
  • Assessment/screening tools 
    • Primary Care PTSD Screen
    • PCL-5
    • IES-R
    • CAPS-5
  • Trauma Treatment Roadmap
    • Bottom-up vs top-down approaches
    • Stabilization and grounding
    • Where PE fits into the roadmap
  • Preparing for PE
    • Assessing for readiness
    • Motivational interviewing techniques
    • Psychoeducation about trauma processing
    • Therapeutic alliance
  • PE: Session 1 step-by-step
    • Psychoeducation about PE
    • Trauma interview
    • Identifying the index trauma
    • Breathing retraining technique
  • PE: Session 2 step-by-step
    • Common reactions to trauma
    • Psychoeducation about in vivo exposure
    • In vivo exposure fear hierarchy
    • Homework assignments related to in vivo exposure
  • PE: Exposure sessions 3+ step-by-step
    • Imaginal exposure to the traumatic event: step-by-step
    • SUDS, symptom monitoring, and stabilization 
    • Managing hot spots
    • Processing of the exposure
    • In vivo exposure progress
  • PE: Final session
    • Final assessment
    • Progress review
    • Relapse prevention
    • Determining next steps in therapy
  • PE modifications
    • Extending session length and/or increasing/decreasing frequency
    • TBI
    • Moral injury
    • Other modifications
  • Integrating PE with other treatment modalities
    • EMDR
    • Cognitive Processing Therapy
    • Other cognitive behavioral approaches


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Target Audience:

The target audience for this event includes psychologists, social workers, counselors, MFT’s, and other clinical mental health professionals.


Instructional Level: Intermediate

Instructor(s): Jennifer Sweeton, PsyD, MS, MA

Material Author(s): Jennifer Sweeton, PsyD, MS, MA

Dr. Sweeton resides in the greater Kansas City area, where she owns a group private practice, Kansas City Mental Health Associates, and co-owns Mind Works Professional Education, Inc., a continuing education company. She formerly served as the President of the Oklahoma Psychological Association, and holds an adjunct faculty appointments at the University of Kansas School of Medicine. She is a former President of the Greater Kansas City Psychological Association. Dr. Sweeton offers psychological services services to clients in Oklahoma, Kansas, and internationally, and is a sought-after trauma and neuroscience expert who has trained more than 15,000 mental health professionals in all 50 US states and over 20 countries.

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