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CDP Presents: Understanding the role of shared decision-making in PTSD clinical practice

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Sadie Larsen |  Lisa-Ann Cuccurullo
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90 minutes
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Shared decision-making (SDM), the process of discussion and engagement in clinical decision-making, has been identified in multiple PTSD clinical practice guidelines as a best practice. SDM includes providing information, supported deliberation, and reaching an outcome that supports a patient’s preference and values. It has been found to have positive effects for both providers and patients including increased engagement in evidence-based treatments. Presenters will identify a model of SDM, how to implement it in clinical practice, and ethical implications of adding shared decision-making into treatment decision-making. We will discuss insights from surveying the field about a SDM tool that can support clinical application. Aspects of diversity will be discussed as it applies to the therapeutic relationship and clinical decision making. 


Learning Objectives

1. Explain the importance of SDM in ethical clinical decision making.

2. Use clinical and organizational factors to facilitate the implementation of SDM within clinical practice.


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Sadie Larsen's Profile

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Sadie Larsen is a clinical psychologist on the Education Team at the National Center for PTSD and Associate Professor at the Medical College of Wisconsin. Her current work focuses on designing tools and information for clinicians and patients. Dr. Larsen has served as the Local Evidence Based Psychotherapy Coordinator and founder/lead of the Evidence Based Psychotherapy clinic at the Milwaukee VA. Her primary research interests involve better understanding variation in response to evidence-based treatments for PTSD, cognitive and emotional processes that maintain or alleviate PTSD symptoms, and the unique experiences of Veterans and of men and women who experience interpersonal and sexual trauma. Dr. Larsen received her PhD from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She completed her predoctoral internship at University of Wisconsin and her postdoctoral fellowship in PTSD treatment at VA Boston.

Lisa-Ann Cuccurullo's Profile

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Lisa-Ann Cuccurullo is a clinical psychologist on the PTSD Consultation Team and the Mentoring and Implementation Team at the National Center for PTSD. Her current work is focused in supporting clinicians inside and outside of VA in the implementation of evidence-based treatments for PTSD.  A highlight of her work is collaborating with CDP to provide PTSD assessment training to community providers treating veterans and active-duty service members. Prior to her work at NCPTSD, she was the Military Sexual Trauma Coordinator and Assistant Director of Psychology Clinical Training at the Southeast Louisiana Veteran's Health Care System. Dr. Cuccurullo received her Psy.D. from La Salle University, She completed her predoctoral internship and postdoctoral fellowship at the New Orleans VA.