PTSD and Sleep

$5.00 | CE Hours:1.00 | Intermediate

Approved by Oregon DHS for AMH, APD and DD

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CE Course Description

PTSD is unique among mental health disorders in that sleep problems represent two of the diagnostic criteria.  This CE course explores how, although sleep problems are symptoms of PTSD, the evidence suggests that they tend to become independent problems over time, warranting sleep-focused assessment and treatment.  Efficacious treatment options, both medications and forms of cognitive-behavioral therapy, are discussed.

Author:  Philip Gehrman, Ph.D., et al.  National Center for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder.  (2016).  Volume 27, Number 4.

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CE Course Objectives

1.  Name four pieces of evidence that have changed the original view of insomnia and recurrent nightmares being thought of as symptoms of PTSD.

2.  Summarize the preferred treatment approach for insomnia.

3.  Identify which biomarker can be used for identifying Veterans with combat-related PTSD who are likely to benefit from prazosin.


CE Outline with Main Points 

1.  Prevalence and Consequences of Sleep Problems

2.  Treatment of Sleep Problems in PTSD

a.  Pharmacotherapy

b.  Cognitive Behavioral Treatments

c.  Group Treatment

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Social Work Approval

Social Work CE Credit for this course is offered with the following approvals. Many state boards of social work will accept the approvals listed. Provider Approvals by state and license type can be found here.

  • Quantum Units Education is approved by the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists, CAMFT Provider #89970, to sponsor continuing education for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, and/or LEP. Quantum Units Education maintains responsibility for this program/course and its content.
  • Florida board for Social Workers CE Provider #50-8650 (Quantum 'immediately' reports CE Credits to Florida licensees) 
  • Illinois Department of Professional Regulation, License No. 159.001261 approved CE Sponsor
  • Ohio CSWMFTB #RCST091701 approved CE Provider
  • Texas Board of SWE #5070 approved CE Provider
  • ACE credit is offered for this course for social workers (followed by ACE approval statement that is currently on every ACE course page) Quantum Units Education, #1289, is approved to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Organizations, not individual courses, are approved as ACE providers. State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit. Quantum Units Education maintains responsibility for this course. ACE provider approval period: 01/03/2020 – 01/03/2023.

To see other approvals in your state, see our state by state provider approval listings here.


CAADE Approval

This course does not have CAADE approval for CEUs.


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Added On: 2018-10-01

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