Program Description (brief paragraph that provides an overview of content to be covered with emphasis on clinical application)
Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a prevalent and debilitating disorder. Although effective treatments for PTSD have been identified, there are barriers to both delivering and receiving these treatments. From the patient perspective, the treatments are time consuming (e.g., number of sessions and between session assignments), which accounts for high dropout rates (i.e., 36%). From the provider perspective, the treatments involve substantial training to be able to effectively deliver and the time required to prepare for treatment sessions serves as an additional barrier (Finley et al., 2015). Written Exposure Therapy (WET) represents an alternative, evidence-based PTSD treatment approach that is efficient and associated with low treatment dropout rates (e.g., less than 10%). Moreover, WET has been found to be non-inferior relative to the more time intensive Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT), with significantly lower dropout rates relative to CPT. This webinar describes the development of WET, efficacy findings support its use, and provides recommendation for the types of patients for whom WET might be most appropriate.
Target Audience: For behavioral health/healthcare providers who treat military personnel, veterans, and their families.
Instructional Level: Introductory
The Center for Deployment Psychology is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The Center for Deployment Psychology maintains responsibility for this program and its content.
Denise M. Sloan, Ph.D. earned her Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Case Western Reserve University. She is the Associate Director of the Behavioral Science Division, National Center for PTSD and a Professor of Psychiatry at Boston University School of Medicine. She is an expert on psychosocial interventions for traumatic stress disorders and has a specific interest in efficient treatments for PTSD. Dr. Sloan conducted a long line of studies that led to the development of Written Exposure Therapy. Since developing the treatment, she has conducted several studies examining its efficacy. This work has been funded by the National Institute of Mental Health.
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