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Evidence-Based Psychotherapies for PTSD in Children and Adolescents

About the Course

This course will discuss two recent peer-reviewed articles that explore the efficacy, acceptability, and common elements of psychotherapies used for the treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in children and adolescents. A review of PTSD in children and adolescents will be covered, along with a discussion of the current research regarding types of therapies. Recommendations and clinical implications for the treatment of PTSD in children and adolescents will be discussed, along with recommendations for future research.

This course is based on the reading-based online article, Comparative efficacy and acceptability of psychotherapies for post-traumatic stress disorder in children and adolescents: a systematic review and network meta-analysis created by Yajie Xiang, et al in 2021 and Common elements of evidence-based trauma therapy for children and adolescents by Lieke H. Kooij, MSc, et al in 2022.

Publication Date:

Evid Based Ment Health. 2021 Nov; 24(4): 153–160. 2021: Eur J Psychotraumatol. 2022; 13(1): 2079

Course Material Authors

Course Material Authors authored the material only, and were not involved in creating this CE course. They are identified here for your own evaluation of the relevancy of the material this course is based on.

Yajie Xiang

Yajie Xiang is affiliated with the Department of Psychiatry, The First Affiliated Hospital of Chongqing Medical University, Chongqing, China; the NHC Key Laboratory of Diagnosis and Treatment on Brain Functional Diseases, The First Affiliated Hospital of Chongqing Medical University, Chongqing, China; and the Chongqing Key Laboratory of Neurobiology, Chongqing, China. He has published multiple articles in peer reviewed journals.

Lieke H. Kooij, MSc

Lieke H. Kooij is affiliated with the Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Amsterdam UMC, University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands. He is part of the academic staff and a PhD student. He specializes in child and adolescent psychiatry and has published two articles in peer reviewed journal.

Course Creator

Anna Lynn Hollis, Ph.D., School Psychologist

Anna Hollis, Ph.D., NCSP, is a nationally certified school psychologist currently living near Detroit, Michigan. She is licensed as a psychologist in 2 states (Michigan and South Carolina) and certified as a school psychologist in in 5 states (South Carolina, Michigan, Vermont, Pennsylvania, and Maryland). She is a member of the American Psychological Association (APA); the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP); the Michigan Association of School Psychologists (MASP); and the Association for Contextual Behavioral Science (ACBS). Dr. Hollis obtained her Ph.D. in School Psychology from the University of South Carolina. Her professional interests include Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT); Positive Psychology; Trauma-Informed Practice; and Urban School Psychology.

Recommended For:

Counselors, marriage and family therapists, psychologists and social workers. This course is appropriate for all levels of knowledge.

Course Objectives:

After taking this course, you should be able to:

  1. Recognize the definition of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and discuss the symptoms, causes, and incidence of PTSD in children and adolescents.
  2. Identify the common comorbidities that have been found to co-occur with PTSD in children and adolescents.
  3. Describe complex PTSD in children and adolescents and discuss the factors related to the development of complex PTSD.
  4. Discuss the efficacy, acceptability, and common elements of the psychotherapies typically used in therapy with children and adolescents with PTSD.
  5. Describe the clinical implications of the research discussed in these two articles.

Disclosure to Learners

Disclosure of Relevant Financial Relationships

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There is no commercial support for this distance-learning course.

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Course Number 103258
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