Ask the Experts: Trauma and Stress or Related Disorders in the DSM-5

This expert panel webinar focuses on the implications of the DSM-5 criteria for assessment within the context of treatment—with an emphasis on the changes as well as new items and criteria—and how they might affect treatment or assessment before or after treatment. Panelists will also discuss the recognition of a dissociative subtype of PTSD within the DSM-5. Following brief presentations, our expert panel will answer audience questions about the DSM-5 process and the new diagnostic cri...
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Assessing Trauma Survivors Risk Profiles and Using them to Foster Resilience

A large number of factors affect responses to trauma, including characteristics of individuals (genetic or biological tendencies, developmental level and experiences, past trauma exposure, life stress at the time of trauma), aspects of traumatic stressors (e.g., severity), early posttrauma emotional responses, and posttrauma life experiences and resources (such as social support, financial resources, and posttrauma life stress). This presentation will describe findings of research on risk fact...
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Ethics & Risk Management: Expert Tips V

This course addresses a variety of ethics and risk management topics in the form of 14 archived articles from The National Psychologist. Topics include: (1) Is it kosher for a psychotherapist to serve as an expert witness? (2) Weighing patient’s rights against psychologist’s rights (3) Techno breaches could cost practitioners big bucks (4) Custody cases require special training (5) Too many rules – Risk Management (6) Pay me now, pay me later (7) Business of Practice and Ethics (8) Not a...
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Interviewing Clients across Cultures

This is a test only course (book not included). The book (or e-book) can be purchased from Amazon. This CE test is based on the book "Interviewing Clients across Cultures: A Practioner's Guide" (2008, 334 pages), which provides a solid consideration and analysis of relevant cultural competency issues. Topics include a multicultural framework, preparing for interviews, biases and unbiased observing, boundary issues, building rapport and conveying respect, nonverbal communication, language co...
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The Neuroscience of Psychotherapy

This is a test only course (book not included). The book (or e-book) can be purchased from Amazon. This CE test is based on the book "The Neuroscience of Psychotherapy: Healing the Social Brain" (2010, 460 pages), which provides an account of the scientific basis of psychotherapy, based on the newest revelations of neuroscience. Beginning with a neurological analysis of Freud's theories, the author describes the functioning of the neurons and neural networks that comprise the biological bas...
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Helping Children Learn to Listen

Parents, teachers, and other adults often complain that their children do not listen to them. In fact, failure to listen is a common occurrence among all children, at least some of the time. When it becomes a chronic condition, that is, when a child rarely or never listens to adults, it becomes clinically worrisome because the safety and well-being of the child can be at risk. The failure to develop good listening skills is also a threat to a child’s learning processes. It is difficult to co...
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Children’s Exposure to Violence

This course, which includes two CDC bulletins, discusses the findings of the National Survey of Children’s Exposure to Violence (NatSCEV), the most comprehensive nationwide survey of the incidence and prevalence of children’s exposure to violence to date, sponsored by the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) and supported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The survey confirms the alarming statistic that most of our society’s children are exp...
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Dysphagia: Guide to Establishing a Restorative Mealtime Program

This course will enable therapists in long-term care or post-acute rehabilitation facilities to present staff training that offers strategies and techniques for implementing a Restorative Mealtime Program (RMP). The purposes of such a program are to make dining safe and enjoyable, to increase resident independence at mealtimes, and to create a mechanism for monitoring declining abilities as disease processes progress. Also included are descriptions of dysphagic indicators, lists of aspiration ...
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The Psychology of Immigration in the New Century

This a test only course based on Crossroads: The Psychology of Immigration in the New Century (click link to download free public-access document) published by the American Psychological Association in 2012 (124 pages). Psychologists and other psychotherapists are, and increasingly will be, serving immigrant adults and their children in a variety of settings, including schools, community centers, clinics, and hospitals, and thus should be aware of this complex demographic transformation and co...
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Ethics and Social Media

Ethics and Social Media is a 2-hour online continuing education (CE) course that examines the use of Social Networking Services (SNS) on both our personal and professional lives. Is it useful or appropriate (or ethical or therapeutic) for a therapist and a client to share the kinds of information that are routinely posted on SNS like Facebook, Twitter, and others? How are psychotherapists to handle “Friending” requests from clients? What are the threats to confidentiality and therapeutic b...
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Celiac Disease: Basics & Beyond

This course explains the basics of celiac disease from the prevalence and pathophysiology of celiac disease to the diagnosis and management of celiac disease. It also goes beyond the basics by including the dietary treatment of celiac disease from a registered dietitian’s perspective by outlining the steps of the nutrition care process from assessment to monitoring and evaluation. Two case studies are included to assist the health professional in understanding the patient’s perspective fro...
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The Heart and Soul of Change, 2nd Ed

This is a test only course (book not included). The book can be purchased from Amazon. This CE test is based on the book "The Heart and Soul of Change (2nd Edition): Delivering What Works in Therapy” (2009, 455 pages). How does psychotherapy work? As research on psychotherapy has accumulated, it has become increasingly clear that common factors like the therapeutic alliance constitute the primary mechanisms for change. This text reviews the empirical research literature, distills the comm...
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Treating Explosive Kids

This is a test only course (book not included). The book (or e-book) can be purchased from Amazon. This CE test is based on the book "Treating Explosive Kids: The Collaborative Problem-Solving Approach” (2006, 246 pages). This book provides a detailed framework for effective, individualized intervention with highly oppositional children and their families. Many vivid examples and Q&A sections show how to identify the specific cognitive factors that contribute to explosive and noncompliant...
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The Spectrum: A Scientifically Proven Program to Feel Better

This is a test only course (book not included). The book (or e-book) can be purchased from Amazon. This CE test is based on the book "The Spectrum: A Scientifically Proven Program to Feel Better, Live Longer, Lose Weight, and Gain Health” (2007, 387 pages). Lifestyle changes, including diet, nutrition, exercise, yoga, and meditation, have been proven in research to have multiple beneficial effects on health, including preventing and reversing heart disease, reducing cholesterol, lowering ...
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The Healing Power of Emotion

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 “The Healing Power of Emotion: Affective Neuroscience, Development & Clinical Practice” (2009, 349 pages). In it, leading neuroscientists, developmental psychologists, therapy researchers, and clinicians illuminate how to regulate emotion in a healthy way. A variety of emotions, both positive and negative, are examined in detail, drawi...
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Spiritual Care Handbook on PTSD/TBI

With the wars in the Persian Gulf, Afghanistan, and Iraq, a new generation of military veterans has arrived home, requiring appropriate and sensitive pastoral care. This course is based on a handbook written for the Department of the Navy by The Rev. Brian Hughes and The Rev. George Handzo, entitled Spiritual Care Handbook on PTSD/TBI: The Handbook on Best Practices for the Provision of Spiritual Care to Persons with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and Traumatic Brain Injury. This manual begins...
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The Heart of Being Helpful

This is a test only course (book not included). The book (or e-book) can be purchased from Amazon. This CE test is based on the book "The Heart of Being Helpful" (2006, 179 pages). Based on Dr. Peter Breggin's more than 30 years of clinical experience as a psychiatrist and a therapist, this book illustrates the importance of developing a therapeutic bond – or healing presence – between helping professionals and their clients. The author provides useful vignettes, case studies, and perso...
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Reading the Room

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 "Reading the Room: Group Dynamics for Coaches and Leaders" (2012 | 425 pages). This course aims to enrich psychologists, consultants, coaches, therapists, leaders, and all professionals’ understanding of communication within their teams through the use of structural dynamics theory. The course will offer a background in structural dynam...
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Autism: The New Spectrum of Diagnostics, Treatment & Nutrition

The purpose of this course is to trace the history of the diagnostic concept of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), culminating in the revised criteria of the 2013 version of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, the DSM-5, with specific focus on the shift from five subtypes to a single spectrum diagnosis. It also aims to provide epidemiological prevalence estimates, identify factors that may play a role in causing ASD, and outline assessment and diagnostic processes – along...
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Handbook of Clinical Psychopharmacology for Therapists, 7th Ed

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 "Handbook of Clinical Psychopharmacology for Therapists, 7th Ed." (2013, 369 pages), a highly readable text that has become the go-to resource for thousands of mental health clinicians seeking a reliable and easy-to-reference resource detailing the indications, contraindications, and side effects of psychopharmaceuticals. Organized by diso...
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Adolescent-Adult Discrepancies on the Eating Disorder Examination: A Function of Developmental Stage or Severity of Illness?: Volume 44, Issue 6

This article exams, across studies, the observation that adolescents score lower on measures of eating disorder pathology than adults. It has been unclear whether such findings reflect discrepancies inherent to site/study or true developmental differences. The aim of this study was to determine whether age predicts subscale and diagnostic scores of the Eating Disorder Examination (EDE) in adolescents and adults with anorexia nervosa (AN) admitted to a single research center within the same per...
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Adolescent Sleep Needs and Patterns: Research and Resource Guide

This course is recommended for health care professionals, especially psychologists, counselors, social workers, and nurses who provide services to or seek knowledge regarding adolescent sleep patterns, needs, and risks. Whether unfamiliar or familiar with some of the concepts involved in this material, you can benefit from information in this course. This report presents risks associated with problem sleepiness, and discusses specific sleep-related concerns for teens. The resource guide offers...
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Addressing the Needs of Young Children in Child Welfare: Part C: Early Intervention Services

This course is based upon a bulletin for professionals that provides examples of lessons learned by child welfare administrators and practitioners in accessing early intervention services for children and families identified by the child welfare system. While policies and practices vary from state to state, this bulletin explains the overall importance to child welfare of the Part C Early Intervention Program and offers potential strategies to address barriers. Contact information for state an...
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Addressing the Needs of Women in Mental Illness/Substance Use Disorder Jail Diversion Programs

In the past 15 years, the number of women in the criminal justice system has increased 273 percent. Many of these women have multiple problems, including high rates of mental health and substance abuse problems, child rearing and parenting difficulties, health problems, and histories of violence, sexual abuse and resultant trauma. This publication highlights the Phoenix Project in Wicomico County, Maryland—a jail diversion program that focuses on the specific needs of women with severe menta...
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Addressing Student Problem Behaviors: An IEP Team's Introduction

The material for this course was written by professional IEP Team members in order to introduce and describe the concepts of functional behavioral assessment and behavior intervention plans. A combination of techniques is presented that will assist those involved in IEP work and functional assessment/intervention plans.
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Addressing Socio-Emotional Development and Infant Mental Health in Early Childhood Systems: Executive Summary

The course focuses on the social and emotional health and well-being of young children age 0-3. Policy recommendations and strategies for implementation, definitions of “infant mental health”, and frameworks for infant mental health services development are issues reviewed.
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Addressing Histories of Trauma and Victimization Through Treatment

Women in jail have often been the victims of physical or sexual abuse in childhood and/or adulthood. Consistent with the finding that most women with co-occurring mental and substance use disorders have histories of abuse, trauma histories can be considered the norm among women with co-occurring disorders in jail. This publication focuses on addressing histories of trauma and victimization through treatment.
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The Addictive Personality: Understanding the Addictive Process and Compulsive Behavior

This course is recommended for health care professionals, especially psychologists, counselors, social workers, and nurses who provide services to or seek knowledge about the addictive personality and the process of addiction. Whether unfamiliar or familiar with some of the concepts involved in this material, you can benefit from information in this course. The Addictive Personality has helped people understand the process of addiction. It brings new depth and dimension to our understanding of...
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Action Planning for Prevention and Recovery: A Self-Help Guide

This course contains information, ideas, and strategies that people from all over the country have found to be helpful in relieving and preventing troubling feelings and symptoms.
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Action Planning for Prevention and Recovery: A Self-Help Guide

This course contains information, ideas, and strategies that people from all over the country have found to be helpful in relieving and preventing troubling feelings and symptoms.
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Act on Life Not on Anger: The New Acceptance & Commitment Therapy Guide to Problem Anger

This course adapts acceptance and commitment therapy principles to dealing with anger. It teaches readers how to change their relationship to anger by accepting rather than resisting angry feelings and learning to make values-based responses to provocation. It teaches how to accept angry feelings as they occur, without struggling to alter or impede them in any way. Then, using techniques based in mindfulness practice, one learns how to watch their anger without identifying with it. Value-ident...
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Act on Life Not on Anger: The New Acceptance & Commitment Therapy Guide to Problem Anger

This course adapts acceptance and commitment therapy principles to dealing with anger. It teaches readers how to change their relationship to anger by accepting rather than resisting angry feelings and learning to make values-based responses to provocation. It teaches how to accept angry feelings as they occur, without struggling to alter or impede them in any way. Then, using techniques based in mindfulness practice, one learns how to watch their anger without identifying with it. Value-ident...
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A - Non Ethics Template (not for publish.)

This course highlights promising race-neutral strategies and sets out information for educational institutions that are considering what best suits their circumstances based on their goals. Diversity, cultural awareness, civil rights, and educational policies are all topics covered in this course.
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ACT 101: The ACT Point of View, Theory of Language, and Basic Interventions.

This course is based on a series of web recordings covering the basics of Acceptance and Commitment Training and Therapy (ACT). Learners can watch individual chapters about the ACT point of view, theory of language and cognition, and then basic interventions based on the theory of language. The interventions presented are appropriate for a wide variety of contexts such as work, school and the clinic. The purpose of the course is to give learners grounding in the “back stage” topics of the ...
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Achieving Diversity: Race-Neutral Alternatives in American Education

This course highlights promising race-neutral strategies and sets out information for educational institutions that are considering what best suits their circumstances based on their goals. Diversity, cultural awareness, civil rights, and educational policies are all topics covered in this course.
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Accountability for Change: Solution-Focused Treatment with Domestic Violence Offenders

In this article, the authors discuss and evaluate a solution-focused treatment program for domestic violence offenders. Building on a strengths perspective, a solution-focused approach holds a person accountable for solutions instead of focusing on problems. The outcome study was a 1-group pre- and posttest design with a 6-month follow-up to evaluate the effectiveness of a solution-focused group treatment program for 90 domestic violence offenders who were ordered by the court to receive treat...
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Acceptance & Commitment Therapy for Anxiety Disorders

This much-anticipated book is the first how-to guide to offer a detailed and practical application of acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) to the treatment of persons suffering from any of the broad class of anxiety disorders. In a lucid and readable style, the book brings to life the ACT approach to alleviating human suffering. The book provides clear and flexible, session-by-session guidelines for applying and integrating acceptance, mindfulness, and value-guided behavior change methods i...
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Acamprosate in the Treatment Of Binge Eating Disorder: A placebo-controlled trial: International Journal of Eating Disorders; Volume 44, Issue 1

Objective: To assess preliminarily the effectiveness of acamprosate in binge eating disorder (BED). Method: In this 10-week, randomized, placebo-controlled, flexible dose trial, 40 outpatients with BED received acamprosate (N = 20) or placebo (N=20). The primary outcome measure was binge eating episode frequency. Results: While acamprosate was not associated with a significantly greater rate of reduction in binge eating episode frequency or any other measure in the primary longitudinal ana...
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ACA Code of Ethics: American Counseling Association

The ACA Code of Ethics provides information for counselors regarding all facets of the counseling profession and the ethical practice thereof. The ACA Code of Ethics serves as a point of reference and professional benchmarking when facing ethical dilemmas and daily practice scenarios. This course educates the counselor on ethics and tests the counselor’s proficiency in the ethics of the counseling profession.
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The Abusive Personality: Violence and control in intimate relationships

This book demonstrates that intimate partner abuse by men is more than just a learned pattern of behavior—it is the outgrowth of a particular personality configuration. Findings from the author’s research with more thana 400 batterers are integrated with the literature on object relations, attachment, and psychological trauma to trace the development of the abusive personality from early childhood to adulthood. The volume concludes with a discussion of clinical outcomes, and a detailed pra...
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7 Sessions of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Adolescent Cannabis Users (Section IV): From The Motivational Enhancement Therapy and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Supplement

This course is based on Sessions (Section IV) of Cannabis Youth Treatment Series, Volume 2 which is a supplement to Motivational Enhancement Therapy and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Adolescent Cannabis Users: 5 Sessions. It presents a seven-session cognitive behavioral treatment (CBT7) approach designed especially for adolescent cannabis users. Sessions (Section IV) covers instructions for Sessions 6 through 12. Sessions 6 through 8 deal with problem solving, anger awareness, and anger ...
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The 60-Second Shrink: 101 Strategies for Staying Sane in a Crazy World

This course is recommended for health care professionals, especially psychologists, counselors, social workers, and nurses who provide services to or seek knowledge on brief interventions to manage key life issues. Whether unfamiliar or familiar with some of the concepts involved in this material, you can benefit from information in this course.The 60—Second Shrink: 101 Strategies For Staying Sane In A Crazy World offers over mental health “morsels”, each designed to help readers handle ...
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A 4-Year Prospective Study of Eating Disorder NOS

To examine the course of Eating Disorder NOS (EDNOS) compared with anorexia nervosa (AN), bulimia nervosa (BN) and binge eating disorder (BED). Method: Prospective study of 385 participants meeting DSM-IV criteria for AN, BN, BED and EDNOS at 3 sites. Recruitment was from the community and specialty clinics. Participants were followed at 6-month intervals over a 4-year period using the Eating Disorder Examination as the primary assessment. Results: EDNOS remitted significantly more quickly tha...
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Diet and Physical Activity in Women Recovered from Anorexia Nervosa A Pilot Study: Volume 44, Issue 4

After recovery, women with anorexia nervosa (AN) tend to maintain lower body mass indices (BMI) than women in the general population. Reasons for this are unknown as little is known about diet, food choices, physical activity levels (PAL), and reasons for exercise in women recovered from AN.
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Comparison of DSM-IV vs. Proposed DSM-5 Diagnostic Criteria for Eating Disorders: Reduction of EDNOS and Validity: Volume 44, Issue 6

Revised eating disorder (ED) diagnostic criteria have been proposed for the DSM-5 to reduce the preponderance of EDNOS and increase the validity of diagnostic groups. The current paper compares DSM-IV and proposed DSM-5 diagnostic criteria on number of EDNOS cases and validity.
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Psychologists Use of E-mail with Clients: Some Ethical Considerations

Each type of electronic communication has potential strengths and limitations and the risks of each need to be managed. This course provides a brief overview of the development of guidelines and standards for the use of technology in clinical practice, and, assists in identifying specific issues that pertain to using email correspondence with patients. Although the course language focuses on psychologists, the issues and principles addressed are applicable to many behavioral health clinicians.
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21 Ethical Fallacies: Cognitive Strategies To Justify Unethical Behavior and Ethics, Critical Thinking, and Language

Common cognitive strategies can fool us by making what we know or suspect is unethical seem perfectly ethical. The most common ethical fallacies rely on twisted judgment, appealing fallacies, and juggled language. They can spin the most questionable behaviors into ethical ideals. The overwhelming majority of psychologists are conscientious, caring individuals, committed to ethical behavior. However, no therapist is infallible and perhaps most therapists, at one time or another, have been vu...
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Nine Ethical Values of Master Therapists

This study employed the Consensual Qualitative Research method (Hill, Thompson, & Williams, 1997) to reanalyze interview data from a previous qualitative study of the personal characteristics of master therapists (Jennings & Skovholt, 1999). Previous research has demonstrated that therapists utilize a variety of resources when making ethical decisions, including professional codes of conduct and their own values. The current study’s analysis of 10 master therapists’ interviews resulted in ...
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101 Favorite Play Therapy Techniques

This course is recommended for health care professionals, especially psychologists, counselors, social workers, and nurses who seek knowledge about play therapy techniques. Whether unfamiliar or familiar with some of the concepts involved in this material, you can benefit from information in this course. Arranged for easy reference, each bearing a succinct description and targeted application, the interventions illustrated–including Fantasy, Storytelling, Expressive Arts, Game Play, Puppet ...
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Pharmacological Strategies for Trauma-Related Mental Health Complaints

Accumulation of findings implicating neurobiological dysregulations as well as overlapping features and frequent comorbidity with disorders that respond to pharmacotherapy have spurred interest in medication treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). While two medications from the selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor class have U.S. Food & Drug Administration approval for PTSD, there remains controversy regarding their overall efficacy and population specificity. Other classes of m...
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