Facilitating Recovery: Evidence-Based Treatment of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder

Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is a common condition, with prevalence in the general US population of about 8% and prevalence estimates in military and veteran populations ranging up to 17%.  Presentations in this symposium will summarize our knowledge of the impact of trauma, early interventions for trauma survivors, and the development, maintenance, and treatment of PTSD.  Strategies for assessment of trauma survivors and cognitive behavioral treatments (CBT) that are highly effective for treatment of PTSD resulting from a range of traumas will be described.  Treatment-related presentations include working with special populations (children and adolescents, adults with PTSD related to childhood trauma, individuals with complicated grief). This program is designed for professionals with beginning to advanced skills in working with individuals suffering trauma-related disorders.

Lecture Format
Symposium - Lecture, slides, case illustrations, Q&A



The last day to register for this symposium is Monday, May 27th, 2013.

Course details

  • American Psychological Association (APA): 10.00
  • Event starts: Fri, May 31 2013 - 7:00 am
  • Event ends: Sat, Jun 01 2013 - 12:00 pm
  • Cost: $135.00

Target audience

PBHMind courses are designed for psychologists, social workers, therapists and other mental healthcare practitioners. The level of this symposium is appropriate for for mental health professionals (psychologists, social workers, LCSWs, LPCs, licensed counselors) and other professionals or clinicians at all levels of experience (including clinician-in-training) interested in increasing their knowledge of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and effective treatment approaches.

Learning objectives

At the end of this continuing education symposium, participants will be able to:

  • Describe the diagnosis and clinical picture of PTSD. 
  • Describe evidence-based cognitive-behavioral treatment procedures for treatment of PTSD. 
  • List assessment tools including standardized clinical interviews and self-report measures for evalution of trauma survivors
  • Cite several important considerations in formulating treatment recommendations following assessment of trauma survivors
  • List three ways to strengthen the delivery of the rationale for PE
  • Describe the standard instructions for imaginal exposure to traumatic memories
  • Describe two interventions used to help clients overcome avoidance
  • List two outcomes that typically show significant improvement following PE.
  • Describe several required elements of an assessment for Child Traumatic Disorders and difficulties
  • List some Evidence Based Practices for PTSD and related symptoms
  • Define acute, complicated and integrated grief
  • List the major interventions of Complicated Grief Treatment


Smilow Center for Translational Research, Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania
3400 Civic Center Blvd
10th floor
Philadelphia, PA 19104
United States

Faculty & credentials

Elizabeth A. Hembree, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Clinical Psychology in Psychiatry
Director of Clinical Services, Center for Couples and Adult Families
Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania

Steven Berkowitz, M.D.
Associate Professor of Clinical Psychiatry
Director, Penn Center for Youth and Family Trauma Reponse and Recovery
Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania


Instructional Level 
Beginner to Advanced
Statement of Financial Relationships 

Elizabeth Hembree, Ph.D.

  • Oxford University Press, author
  • Veteran's Health Administration National Center for PTSD, consultant/training in PE

Steven Berkowitz, M.D.

  • Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Agency, National Child Traumatic Stress Network, Principal Investigator
  • Yale University, on-going development of The Child and Family Traumatic Stress Intervention
  • Maine General Hospital, speaker
  • The First Hospital Foundation, Principal Investigator


This activity closed on June 2nd, 2013 and is no longer available for enrollments.