Treating Trauma, PTSD and Traumatic Brain Injury (TTPT101)

$105.00 (or 10 Credits)

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    Traumatic disorders have sometimes become fuzzy, catch-all diagnoses, and this severely affects treatment. Trauma, post-traumatic stress disorder, and bereavement require different treatments, both psychotherapeutically and psychopharmacologically. And when depression and anxiety are co-morbid with any of these — which is often the case — the best treatment decisions can be even more difficult to make. The treatment picture becomes still more confusing with the increasing awareness and diagnosis of traumatic brain injury (TBI), heightened by the recent wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, and the growing awareness of head injuries in both school and professional sports. Not only can choosing the wrong treatment result in ineffective therapy, but in some cases the wrong treatment can exacerbate the primary disorder. Effective treatments for each of these conditions exist; it is essential for clinicians to choose the right treatments and to be as informed about medication choices as various psychotherapy treatments.

    This intermediate course helps pull together the rapidly growing body of research on therapy interventions. Section One provides a general perspective on trauma treatment guidelines. Should trauma teams rush right in and provide blanket services, or should they wait? What general treatment principles seem to help trauma victims the most? Section Two examines specific group interventions for various populations, including adolescents in Gaza and Anatolian women who have suffered multiple traumas. The importance of adapting general treatment principles to specific cultural groups is examined. Section Three looks at specific interventions for combat veterans. Section Four examines the psychopharmacology of treating trauma, PTSD, TBI and traumatic bereavement, and it also covers when psychopharmacology is not indicated. Additional resources and references are provided for further study, but they are not part of the course.

    Disclaimer: This course is purely educational and does not intend to serve as a license (or permission) to mental health professionals to prescribe or practice any of the approaches discussed in this course unless they fall within the scope of practice of your profession. Check with your licensing board about the scope of practice of your profession to make sure you practice within that scope. It also does not serve as a permission to title yourself in any specific way.