PTSD Treatment I: CBT, Neurobiology & Pharmacotherapy

Part I of this course provides an overview of cognitive-behavioral interventions for PTSD. It describes some basic aspects of CBT, outlines cognitive-behavioral theories of PTSD, discusses key trauma-focused CBT interventions, and provides some tips for using CBT to encourage behavior change. Additional resources related to the topic are identified. Part II has two principal objectives. First it will review the psychobiology of the human response to stress in order to establish the pathophysio...
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PTSD Vicarious Traumatization: Towards Recognition & Resilience-Building

Providers, and those who listen empathically to the trauma stories of others, are at risk for reactions known collectively as vicarious traumatization (VT). This course outlines some of the basic differences between primary traumatization, secondary traumatization, VT, and compassion fatigue; discusses many of the signs and symptoms of VT; provides questions for self-assessment of VT; and provides coping suggestions for providers who are involved in trauma work or those who may have VT reactio...
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Realistic Risk Management

Over the last 10 years there has been a major increase in the number of lawsuits, licensing board actions, and ethics complaints against mental health practitioners. Changes in the economic system, the growth of managed care, increased federal and state regulations, and greater demands for oversight and accountability in clinical practice have made record keeping and communications much more complex, time consuming, and risky. Many clinicians are frustrated by the extra work they must do and t...
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APA Report on the Sexualization of Girls

This a test only course based on the Report of the APA Task Force on the Sexualization of Girls published by the American Psychological Association in 2010. This 72-page APA task force report will examine and summarize psychological theory, research, and clinical experience addressing the sexualization of girls. It will also define sexualization; examine the prevalence and provide examples of sexualization in society and in cultural institutions, as well as interpersonally and intrapsychically...
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Alternative Therapies: Herbs I (What Every Clinician Should Know)

This course provides a very brief introduction to the use of herbal remedies, based on a publication from the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine: Herbs at a Glance – A Quick Guide to Herbal Supplements. In this course, clinicians will learn about the historical use of herbal medicine, the beneficial effects and potential dangers of commonly used herbs, and the scientific evidence for their effectiveness. Completion of this course does not provide sufficient education ...
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Caring for a Person with Alzheimer’s Disease

This course is based on the public-access publication, Caring for a Person with Alzheimer’s Disease: Your Easy-to-Use Guide from the National Institute on Aging. The booklet discusses practical issues concerning caring for someone with Alzheimer’s disease who has mild-to-moderate impairment, including a description of common challenges and coping strategies. Advice is provided regarding keeping the person safe, providing everyday care, adapting activities to suit their needs, and planning ...
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Alzheimer’s Disease - Overview

Alzheimer’s disease is an increasing concern for the aging American population. It is important for healthcare providers to have a basic familiarity with the disease, in order to provide adequate diagnosis, treatment, and referrals. This course, based on documents from the National Institute on Aging and the Alzheimer’s Association, provides an overview of the prevalence, causes, symptoms, diagnosis, treatment, and progression of Alzheimer’s disease, as well as information about caregivi...
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Ethics & Risk Management: Expert Tips III

This course addresses a variety of ethics and risk management topics in the form of 14 archived articles from The National Psychologist. Topics include: disclosure of records during a legal proceeding, psychologists as crisis negotiators, boundary issues and multiple relationships, HIPAA changes driven by the federal economic stimulus plan, duty-to-warn, treating "perfect" and "not-so-perfect" patients, documentation and use of the internet, psychological response to recession, child safety on...
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The Impact of a Life of ADHD: Understanding for Clinicians and Clients

Section I of this course involves a detailed discussion of the many ways that a lifetime of ADHD can affect a person’s life. This is important information for all clinicians working with adults who have ADHD, partly for their own understanding, but also to help clients understand their own ADHD. It will include descriptions of situations that can obscure ADHD and will highlight the executive, academic, occupational, psychological, and social aspects of adult functioning that are impacted by ...
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Couples No-Fault Counseling

Couples counseling is a challenging undertaking for both counselors and couples. Counselors need to take a detailed history of both partners and gradually discover the real reasons they overreact to certain things their partner says and does. Couples need to be motivated enough to keep counseling appointments and need to believe that they can improve their relationship. This course will share four interesting case studies, where you will witness couples who came to therapy for an identified pr...
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Ethics & Risk Management: Expert Tips IV

This course addresses a variety of ethics and risk management topics in the form of 12 archived articles from The National Psychologist. Topics include: the risks and benefits of alternative treatment; Medicare puts providers in peril; the treatment of children whose parents are in the process of divorcing; keeping client needs uppermost in termination; the pitfalls facing psychologists who become involved in their patients’ custody disputes; security is necessary for test validity; tips for...
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Emotional Overeating: Practical Management Techniques

Statistics report that Americans are an increasingly overweight population. Among the factors contributing to our struggle to stop tipping the scales is the component of “emotional eating” – or the use of food to attempt to fill emotional needs. Professionals in both the physical and emotional health fields encounter patients with emotional eating problems on a regular basis. Even clients who do not bring this as their presenting problem often have it on their list of unhealthy behaviors...
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School Refusal Behavior: Children Who Can’t or Won’t Go to School

School refusal is a problem that is stressful for children, for their families, and for school personnel. Failing to attend school has significant long and short-term effects on children’s social, emotional, and educational development. School refusal is often the result of, or associated with, comorbid disorders such as anxiety or depression. Careful assessment, treatment planning, interventions, and management of school refusal are critical to attainment of the goal of a successful return ...
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Risk Management: Quick Tips I

This course addresses a variety of risk management topics in the form of seven archived articles from The National Psychologist. Topics include: social networking: how should psychologists respond to online ‘friending’ requests; some additional thoughts on social networking; malpractice insurance 101: claims-made vs. occurrence coverage; progress notes: what not to write down; triple jeopardy: dangers of an APA ethics complaint; when marital therapy isn’t; and when marital therapy is. Th...
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Ethics in Therapy: Quick Tips I

This course addresses a variety of ethics topics in the form of seven archived articles from The National Psychologist. Topics include: office bookstore should not be for profit; ethical, effective marketing for your private practice; impact of law on psychology; duty to warn is now duty to protect; test givers must be qualified; to collect or not to collect; and duty to warn, protect differs in HIV cases. This course is intended to provide psychotherapists of all specialties with a set of bri...
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Breathing: The Master Key to Self-Healing

The breath is intrinsically linked to the nervous system and has a powerful effect on both the mind and body, yet has been largely overlooked as a mechanism of change within medicine and mental health. This course is based on an audio book by Andrew Weil, MD, Breathing: The Master Key to Self-Healing (1999), in which he describes the physiological mechanisms by which the breath affects the mind and body. After an introductory lecture, he teaches several calming, relaxing breathing techniques, ...
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Yoga as Medicine: the Yogic Prescription for Health and Healing

This CE test is based on the book "Yoga as Medicine: the Yogic Prescription for Health and Healing" (2007, 592 pages). This course is intended to correct common misconceptions about yoga and to provide a framework for understanding the conditions under which yoga may be beneficial for a variety of health and mental health issues. The general health benefits of yoga are discussed, followed by a discussion of yoga’s role in treating anxiety and panic attacks, arthritis, asthma, back pain, canc...
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Acupuncture – An Introduction

This course is divided into two parts. Part I - “Introduction to Acupuncture” – provides an overview of acupuncture as presented by a fact sheet from NCCAM and includes a number of video clips illustrating its use. Acupuncture is among the oldest healing practices in the world. As part of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), acupuncture aims to restore and maintain health through the stimulation of specific points on the body. In the United States, where practitioners incorporate healing ...
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Domestic Violence: Child Abuse and Intimate Partner Violence

Domestic Violence: Child Abuse and Intimate Partner Violence is a 2-hour online continuing education (CE) course intended to help healthcare professionals maintain a high state of vigilance and to be well prepared with immediate and appropriate responses when abuse is disclosed. Domestic violence, in the form of child abuse and intimate partner violence, remains a pervasive part of contemporary life in the U.S. Its effects are deep and far-reaching. This course will teach clinicians to dete...
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Animal Assisted Therapy

In Animal-Assisted Therapy (AAT) the human-animal bond is utilized to help meet therapeutic goals and reach individuals who are otherwise difficult to engage in verbal therapies. AAT is considered an emerging therapy at this time, and more research is needed to determine the effects and confirm the benefits. Nevertheless, there is a growing body of research and case studies that illustrate the considerable therapeutic potential of using animals in therapy. AAT has been associated with improvin...
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Ethics & Boundaries in Psychotherapy

This course is intended to give psychotherapists the tools they need to resolve the common and not-so-common ethical and boundary issues and dilemmas that they may expect to encounter in their everyday professional practice in the 21st century. Among the topics discussed are definitions of boundaries; resolving conflicts between ethics and the law; boundary crossings vs. boundary violations; multiple relationships; sexual misconduct; privacy and confidentiality in the age of HIPAA and the Patr...
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Anti-Social Youth & Conduct Disorders

This course zeros in on the youngster who may damage property, defy authority, steal, lie, torment peers, manipulate and hurt others, disrupt classrooms, make threats, and break laws and rules. In the extreme, some of these youth may even engage in fire setting, sexual assault, or school violence. Anti-social youth and conduct disorders are among the hardest-to-manage youngsters. The conventional methods that work with other youngsters usually fail with this population. For this reason, many y...
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Prescription Drug Abuse

Prescription drug abuse is on the rise. Pharmaceuticals like OxyContin®, Adderall®, and Xanax® are some of the most commonly abused prescription drugs. For some prescription drug addicts, medication was originally taken as prescribed – until they started developing a tolerance for it. For others, members of their peer group began to abuse prescription drugs because they are easily accessible and relatively inexpensive on the street. Prescription drug abuse also affects those who don’t u...
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Managing Chronic Pain in Adults With or in Recovery from Substance Use Disorders

Medication for chronic pain is addictive; therefore, the treatment of individuals with both substance abuse disorders and pain presents particular challenges. This course is based on a document from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Managing Chronic Pain in Adults With or in Recovery from Substances Use Disorders: A Treatment Improvement Protocol (SAMHSA Tip 54). Intended for all healthcare providers, thi...
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Psychotherapy Practice Tips, Part 2

This course addresses a variety of brief clinical topics in the form of 14 archived articles from The National Psychologist. Topics include: Tips on documenting disabilities for college Refugee children of war-torn lands need help Psychological testing: a look back; a look ahead Hearing loss always psychologically significant Introducing the Rorschach Performance Assessment System (R-PAS) Jails are nation’s largest institutions for mentally ill Songs as adjuncts to psychotherapy Post...
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Psychotherapy Practice Tips, Part 1

This course addresses a variety of brief clinical topics in the form of 15 archived articles from The National Psychologist. Topics include: Anger, violence and radical ideologies: mental illness or different beliefs? Psychopathy important to understand in clinical practice Is marijuana an appropriate treatment for ADD/ADHD? Internet pornography addiction cause discomfort to some therapists Talking to lifers, dilemmas and opportunities Are mad and genius peas in the same pod? Mad an...
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The Complete Guide to Special Education

This CE test is based on the book "The Complete Guide to Special Education, 2nd Edition" (2010, 372 pages) and should appeal to a wide variety of professionals, including: clinical psychologists, school psychologists, social workers, professional counselors, speech-language pathologists, as well as educators and school administrators. The course explores the special education process, from testing and diagnosis to IEP meetings and advocating for children with special needs. The stages of ident...
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DSM-5: The Intelligent Clinician’s Guide

This CE test is based on the book "The Intelligent Clinician's Guide to the DSM-5®” (2013, 272 pages), a critical review that explores all revisions to the latest version of the Diagnostic and Statistics Manual and shows clinicians how they can best apply the strong points and shortcomings of psychiatry's most contentious resource. The book uses evidence-based critiques and new research to point out where DSM-5 is right, where it is wrong, and where the jury is still out. The author tackles...
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AAC Strategies for Individuals with Moderate to Severe Disabilities

This CE test is based on the book “AAC Strategies for Individuals with Moderate to Severe Disabilities” (2012 | 384 pages). With more children and young adults with severe disabilities in today's general education classrooms, SLPs, OTs, PTs, educators, and other professionals in school settings must be ready to support their students' communication skills with effective AAC. This text provides proven strategies from top AAC experts to help readers establish a beginning functional communica...
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Autism Spectrum Disorder: Evidence-Based Screening and Assessment

Epidemiological studies indicate a progressively rising prevalence trend in the number of children identified with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD) over the past decade. Yet, compared with general population estimates, students with mild to moderate symptoms of ASD remain an underidentified and underserved population in our schools. The DSM-5 conceptualizations of autism require professionals to update their knowledge about the spectrum. In addition, school professionals should be prepared to...
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10 Reasons Not to Worry (Too Much) About Malpractice Claims

This course will enable therapists to become clear about the legal definition of malpractice and what it means for them. Using the data available and the opinions of experts – researchers, clinicians, and especially plaintiffs’ attorneys – the author presents ten reasons why the risk of a malpractice claim and its consequences are really not very high. Interspersed throughout are ethical points and risk management tips that enable therapists to adhere to very high standards of care, whic...
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Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)

This introductory course, from the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), gives a brief update on the various facets of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). It details the core symptoms, including behavioral manifestations of each, notes what is known about its causes, and lists the components of a comprehensive diagnostic protocol. It also describes a multifaceted treatment approach that includes combined medication, psychotherapy, and behavioral therapy. The course includes ...
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Early Childhood Music Therapy and Autism Spectrum Disorders

This CE test is based on the book "Early Childhood Music Therapy and Autism Spectrum Disorders: Developing Potential in Young Children and their Families" (2012, 304 pages). This text includes the work of many researchers and practitioners from music therapy and related disciplines brought together to provide a comprehensive overview of music therapy practice with young children who present with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). The authors present an overview of ASD including core characteristi...
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Alzheimer’s Disease Progress Report: Intensifying the Research Effort

This course, from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), focuses on research findings reported and projects funded in 2011 and the first half of 2012. These highlights, prepared by NIH’s National Institute on Aging (NIA), the lead institute within NIH for Alzheimer’s research, covers work by an active scientific community. This work aims to elucidate the basic mechanisms and risk factors of Alzheimer’s disease, and then apply this knowledge to the development and testing of new interve...
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Do You Believe in Magic? The Sense and Nonsense of Alternative Medicine

This is a test only course (book not included). The book (or e-book) can be purchased from Amazon or some other source. This CE test is based on the book "Do You Believe in Magic? The Sense and Nonsense of Alternative Medicine" (2013, 336 pages). In his new book, Dr. Paul A. Offit takes on the vitamin and herbal supplements industry and alternative medicine of all kinds. He offers an impassioned and meticulously researched exposé of this industry. Dr. Offit reviews scientific studies and g...
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Suicide & Psychological Pain: Prevention that Works

This is a test only course (book not included). The book (or e-book) can be purchased from Amazon or some other source. This CE test is based on the book "Suicide & Psychological Pain: Prevention that Works" (2012, 147 pages). Jack Klott, using case studies taken from his 45-year-career as a suicidologist, brings to life the ideas, theories and concepts surrounding suicide and self-mutilation including risk factors, assessment, and treatment components. He presents information about which p...
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Therapy with Coerced and Reluctant Clients

This is a test only course (book not included). The book (or e-book) can be purchased from Amazon or some other source. This CE test is based on the book "Therapy with Coerced and Reluctant Clients" (2010, 233 pages). In this book, Brodsky examines the difficulties faced by therapists who work with involuntary clients including those who come to therapy through the judicial system. He addresses the challenges faced when working with reluctant clients including problem employees and teenager...
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MyCred Presentation Portfolios for Healthcare Professionals

MyCred Portfolios are electronic credential and achievement presentation portfolios designed to store and present an individual’s educational, professional, and experiential accomplishments. MyCred Portfolios serve to educate, influence, and inspire an individual’s viewing audience leading to stronger professional relationships and positive outcomes. MyCred Portfolios offer the flexibility, scalability, and portability to support an individual throughout their continuum of education ...
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Pharmacological Management of PTSD

This webinar will introduce participants to the pharmacological treatment of PTSD and review the evidence for its use before describing evidence-based recommendations. Learning Objectives: 1. Provide an understanding of the range of pharmacological approaches to the treatment of PTSD. 2. Provide an understanding of the postulated neurobiological basis for their actions. 3. Provide an understanding of evidence-based recommendations for the pharmacological treatment of PTSD.
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Religious Coping and Meaning-Making Following Loss of a Loved One

About the Webinar: There is a complex interplay between religious worldviews and how one makes meaning of loss. While both meaning-making and spirituality have been individually associated with bereavement outcome, less is known about the association between meaning-making and specific types of religious coping. In this presentation, we will explore the relation between the use of a variety of religious coping strategies and activities and the extent to which individuals made meaning of a s...
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Use of Mindful Awareness in Loss and Grief

About the Webinar: Much of the focus in clinical work is upon using the therapeutic process to bring about a “change” in order to find personal happiness and fulfilment. However, the regular occurrence of grief and loss in everyday life brings forward the stark reality that suffering and grief are a normal, albeit painful part of living. In this webinar, we will discuss how the principles of mindful awareness might help us to engage with painful loss experiences in a way that is open a...
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Counseling Widowers: An Empathic and Strengths-Based Approach

About the Webinar Widowers face many challenges upon the loss of their partner, including physical health problems, high mortality rates, increased risk of suicide and social isolation. In many cases a widower’s adherence to traditional masculine norms can worsen these concerns. Furthermore, bereaved men who embody masculine ideals such as independence, stoicism and discomfort with expressing feelings are a poor fit with traditional grief counseling. Counselors often find these men to be ...
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Therapeutic Presence: Training Peer Helpers Through a Relational Lens

Peer helpers and volunteers commonly provide support to the bereaved. Training and supervision is essential to ensure adequate support of these caregivers and the quality of services they provide. The notion of presence as a therapeutic construct involves more than good intention and active listening. It requires a deep dwelling within the helping relationship as a vessel of healing. How can we teach skills of being present in this way to help create an environment for healing to occur? Rel...
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Beyond Intuitive or Instrumental - A New Look at Grief Style

This webinar is designed to inform and train participants in the expanding theory of individualized grief response known as GRIEFtype. This presentation will discuss the outcomes of the 2013 study comparing Myers-Briggs Personality Type Indicator preferences and grief response. The relationship between grief response and personality has been suggested by many in the field (Prigerson, 2006; Wortman & Neece, 2004; Worden, 2011; Doka & Martin, 2010). This presentation will put forth the idea that...
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Applications of Dialectical Behavior Therapy to the Treatment of Dissociative Behavior and Other Complex Trauma Related Problems

Individuals who have experienced multiple and/or severe traumatic experiences during development often present with a wide range of problems related to severe emotion dysregulation. The complexity and heterogeneity of this population pose unique challenges for clinicians, as existing protocol treatments for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) are often insufficient or existing problems may interfere with the delivery of these treatments (e.g., dissociative or suicidal behavior). Dialectical ...
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Therapeutic Applications of Meditation and Mindfulness

Meditation and mindfulness interventions have become increasingly popular in clinical settings because they are safe, feasible, and effective and may avoid the stigma associated with mental health treatment. There are indications that meditation may be beneficial for PTSD because meditation practice may directly address hyperarousal and avoidance (Waelde, 2004, 2008).This workshop will introduce participants to the theory, research, techniques, and clinical applications of meditation and mindf...
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Introduction to EMDR Therapy

This presentation will introduce the basics of EMDR therapy and provide an overview of treatment. Both the theoretical foundation and recent research findings will be explored. EMDR is an evidence-based psychotherapy supported by more than 20 randomized controlled studies. Meta-analyses have indicated that the effects of EMDR on PTSD symptoms are comparable to those of trauma-focused CBT. However, EMDR therapy does not require homework, sustained arousal, detailed descriptions of the index ...
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Acceptance and Commitment Therapy in the Treatment of Comorbid PTSD and Substance Use Disorders: An Overview

Although posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and substance use disorders (SUDs) are commonly co-occuring conditions (Brady, 2001; Helzer et al., 1987; Stewart, 1996; Tarrier & Sommerfield, 2003), traditionally, it has been recommended that an individual must first receive successful substance abuse treatment before posttraumatic symptoms can be addressed. Given the high comorbidity of these conditions, however, it would be helpful if more broadly focused therapies were available that simultan...
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An Introduction to the Neurobiology of Traumatic Stress

Recent advances in neuroimaging, biochemistry, and genetics research have paved the way toward a greater understanding of the neurobiology of trauma and stress. As new technologies and methods are discovered and applied to neurobiological work, it becomes increasingly important for individuals interested in treating and studying post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) to learn the tools necessary to evaluate the latest research findings. The purpose of this pre-meeting institute is to provide at...
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Beyond Significance: Understanding the Old and New Generation of Effect Size Statistics

Growing numbers of journals are now either strongly advising or even requiring the use of effect size statistics in the presentation of results. This workshop is constructed around a brief description and history of the major families of effect size statistics (zero order and adjusted), including rules of computation, transformation (how to you turn chi square into r or g into d), and appropriate presentation and use. The workshop will include introduction to the newer “common language” ef...
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