Clinical Guidelines for the Management of PTSD and Acute Stress Disorder

$15.00 | CE Hours:3.00 | Intermediate

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CE Course Description

This CE course presents clinical practice guidelines that are intended to provide healthcare providers with a framework by which to evaluate, treat, and manage the individual needs and preferences of patients with posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and acute stress disorder (ASD), thereby leading to improved clinical outcomes. The guideline is formatted in three modules (algorithms), with 40 evidence-based recommendations.

Author: The Management of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder Work Group With support from: The Office of Quality, Safety and Value, VA, Washington, DC & Office of Evidence Based Practice, U.S. Army Medical Command 2017.

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CE Course Objectives

1.  List the three individual, manualized trauma-focused psychotherapies that are recommended for patients with PTSD.

2.  Explain the criteria for meeting the trauma definition as outlined in the DSM-5.

3.  Identify which medication may actually interfere with the extinction of fear conditioning and/or potentiate the acquisition of fear responses and worsen recovery from trauma.

4.  Conclude which complementary / integrative treatment there is sufficient evidence to recommend as a primary treatment for PTSD.

5.  Determine what the strongest predictor of mental health problems is among those deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan.

6.  Describe how inaccurately diagnosing PTSD in a patient who does not have PTSD could result in unintended harms to the patient.


CE Outline with Main Points

1.  Clinical Guidelines for the Management of PTSD and Acute Stress Disorder

     a.  DSM-5's definition fo traumatic events.

     b.  Dissociative subtype of PTSD

     c.  Predictors of mental health problems among those deployed

2.  About the Clinical Practice Guidelines

     a.  Age of paitent that guidelines pertain to

     b.  Patient-centered care approach

     c.  Screening the PTSD population

3.  Algorithm

     a.  Immediate needs of those with acute stress reaction

     b.  PTSD symptoms

4.  Recommendations

     a.  Selective prevention of PTSD

     b.  Non-trauma-focused psychotherapy

     c.  Manualized trauma-forcused psychotherapies

     d.  Monotherapy for PTSD

     e.  Complementary / integrative treatment for PTSD



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
  • Quantum Units Education, #1289, is approved as an ACE provider to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Regulatory boards are the final authority on courses accepted for continuing education credit. ACE provider approval period: 01/03/2023 - 01/03/2026. Social workers completing this course receive 3.00 'Clinical' continuing education credits.

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CAADE Approval

This course does not have CAADE approval for CEUs.


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Added On: 06/01/2017

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