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A Research Programme to Evaluate DBT-PTSD, a Modular Treatment Approach for Complex PTSD After Childhood Abuse

About the Course

Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) after childhood abuse (CA) is often related to severe co-occurring psychopathology, such as symptoms of borderline personality disorder (BPD). Researchers are still trying to identify efficacious treatment programmes for this group of patients. DBT-PTSD was designed to meet the specific needs of patients with Complex PTSD. The treatment programme is based on the rules and principles of dialectical behavioural therapy (DBT), and adds interventions derived from cognitive behavioural therapy, acceptance and commitment therapy and compassion-focused therapy.
This course focuses on the efficacy of DBT-PTSD programmes as well as the reasons for the efficacy and specific areas that are improved with this intervention.

This course is based on the reading-based online article, A Research Programme to Evaluate DBT-PTSD, a Modular Treatment Approach for Complex PTSD After Childhood Abuse created by Martin Bohus, M.D. et al. in 2019.

Publication Date:

Borderline Personality Disorder and Emotion Dysregulation (2019) 6:7 Mar 2019

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.

Martin Bohus, M.D.

Martin Bohus, M.D., received his specialty in Psychiatry and in Psychosomatic Medicine. Since 2003 he has held the Chair of Psychosomatic Medicine and Psychotherapy at Heidelberg University and is Scientific Director at the Central Institute of Mental Health in Mannheim, Germany. He holds a visiting professorship at the University of Antwerp and Harvard Medical School. He has received several awards for psychotherapy research. He is past president of the European Society for the Studies of Personality Disorders (ESSPD) and is president of the German Association for DBT. He was president and initiator of the 1st International Congress on Borderline Personality Disorder in Berlin in 2010. He has currently published more than 300 articles and book chapters, mainly on mechanisms of psychotherapy, borderline personality disorders, and PTSD.

Christian Schmahl, M.D.

Christian Schmahl, M.D., is Professor of Experimental Psychopathology and Medical Director of the Department of Psychosomatic Medicine at the Central Institute of Mental Health in Mannheim, Germany. His research focus is on emotion regulation, self-injurious behavior and dissociation as well as the interaction of neurobiology and psychotherapy in Borderline Personality Disorder and Posttraumatic Stress Disorder. Since 2018 he is a spokesperson of the Research Training Group "Impact of Adverse Childhood Experience on Psychosocial and Somatic Conditions across the Lifespan."

Course Creator

Elizabeth Mosco, Ph.D., PMH-C, CPLC

Elizabeth Mosco, Ph.D. is a licensed psychologist in Reno, NV. She opened a private practice after 10 years of conducting home-based assessment and therapy with the VA Sierra Nevada Health Care System. Dr. Mosco’s clinical interests include maternal mental health, older adults, and third wave cognitive behavioral therapies.

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. Discuss the correlation between CA, BPD, and Complex PTSD.
  2. Summarize how DBT-PTSD has been modified to address BPD and PTSD after CA.
  3. List the treatment phases of DBT-PTSD.
  4. Explain the difference between intrusions and dissociations.

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Course Number 103331
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