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Psychological Therapies for Post-traumatic Stress Disorder in Adults

Systematic review and meta-analysis

About the Course

Psychological therapies are the recommended first-line treatment for post-
traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Previous systematic reviews have grouped theoretically similar interventions to determine differences between broadly distinct approaches. Consequently, we know little regarding the relative efficacy of the specific manualized therapies commonly applied to the treatment of PTSD.
The objective of this study is to determine the effect sizes of manualized therapies for PTSD.

This course is based on the reading-based online article, Psychological Therapies for Post-traumatic Stress Disorder in Adults created by Catrin Lewis, Ph.D. , et al. in 2020.

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Course Material Authors

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Catrin Lewis, Ph.D.

Dr. Catrin Lewis is a Research Associate in the Division of Psychological Medicine and Clinical Neurosciences at Cardiff University School of Medicine. Dr. Lewis' research focuses on the development and evaluation of psychological interventions for trauma related disorders. Working within the Intervention Development workstream of the National Centre for Mental Health (NCMH), she has extensive experience working alongside experts to develop novel interventions using mixed method approaches. She was a member of the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies (ISTSS) treatment guidelines committee, taking a lead in synthesizing the evidence for psychological therapies. Dr. Lewis also has an interest in sleep disturbance related to PTSD, and PTSD as a comorbidity of other disorders.

Neil P. Roberts, D.Clin.Psy

Dr. Neil Roberts is a Consultant Clinical Psychologist with the Cardiff & Vale University Health Board and an Honorary Professor in the Division of Psychological Medicine and Clinical Neuroscience at Cardiff University, where he is a member of Cardiff University’s Traumatic Stress Research Group. He undertakes research in the field of psychological trauma and PTSD.

Martin Andrew, MBBCh, MSc (Psych), MRCPsych

Dr. Martin Andrew has special expertise in Liaison Psychiatry, Traumatic Stress and PTSD. He has run a clinic for the Cardiff Traumatic Stress Service since 2007, and provided psychiatric support to the Veterans Service.

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. List 2 methods used in the current study evaluating psychological therapies for PTSD in adults.
  2. List 2 treatments for PTSD with strong evidence of efficacy and at least 2 treatments with emerging evidence of efficacy.
  3. List at least 2 treatments for PTSD with weak or no evidence of efficacy.
  4. Summarize the implications for future research.

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Course Number 103367
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