Mastering CBT for PTSD: A Clinician’s Guide

Dr. Deborah Schwartzman, Psychologist

All the tools for effectively treating PTSD


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  • 3h of continuing education
  • 24 lessons that last from 5 to 15 minutes each
  • 1 certificate of achievement
  • 1 PowerPoint
  • 1 bibliography
  • 1 course evaluation
  • 4 months unlimited access
  • 7-day money back guarantee
  • 85% of participants who completed the satisfaction survey declare they would recommend this course to a colleague


Considering the high lifetime prevalence of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and its profound impact on psychological well-being, as well as its implications for health, social, economic and overall quality of life, it is important for mental health professionals to have a comprehensive understanding of how to assess and treat trauma. Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy (CBT) is an evidence-based treatment approach with the potential to transform a chronic condition, often associated with poor long-term psychosocial outcomes, into a condition that can significantly improve within a few months.

This hands-on workshop is designed to equip participants with the skills to assess, conceptualize and plan an individualized treatment for clients presenting with PTSD. A number of CBT interventions will be presented to assist clients in addressing safety and stabilization concerns, managing distressing emotions and physical sensations, identifying and modifying unhelpful beliefs, processing traumatic memories, and reducing avoidance of trauma-related stimuli. Additionally, we will discuss how to assess and clinically approach co-morbid conditions such as substance use, depression, and suicidal ideation. This workshop will go over how to deliver each treatment component, from the initial assessment to the implementation of strategies for termination and relapse prevention. By the end of this training, you will have the necessary tools to reduce the impact that trauma has on the lives of your clients.

About the expert

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Dr. Deborah Schwartzman is an experienced psychologist who provides clinical services to a wide variety of clients and patients. She however specializes in providing support and treatment for individuals struggling with post-traumatic stress disorder, anxiety disorders, and mood disorders.

She has extensive research and clinical experience in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), a well-established and evidence-based approach. In addition to her clinical work, Dr. Schwartzman provides clinical training and supervision to graduate students and interns as well as mental health professionals.

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Learning objectives

  1. Conduct a thorough assessment for PTSD and co-morbid conditions
  2. Formulate a CBT case conceptualization for PTSD and develop an individualized treatment plan
  3. Implement each advanced CBT treatment component for PTSD

Learning material

A theoretical course illustrated with clinical examples. This course is composed of videos of 5 to 15 minutes each. The PowerPoint of the course to download.


  • PowerPoint
  • Introduction to trauma & PTSD

  • 1. Introduction
  • 2. What is Trauma
  • 3. Vulnerability factors
  • Why CBT treatment ?

  • 4. Why CBT
  • 5. Session structure
  • 6. Assessment
  • 7. CBT Case conceptualization
  • 8. Psychoeducation
  • 9. Common concerns
  • 10. Safety and stabilization
  • Anxiety-management strategies

  • 11. Standard anxiety management strategies
  • 12. Two levels of cognition
  • 13. Identify cognitive distortions
  • 14. Cognitive interventions
  • 15. Identify schemas
  • 16. Exposure interventions
  • 17. Create an exposure hierarchy
  • 18. In-vivo intervention exposure
  • 19. Imaginal exposure part 1
  • 20. Imaginal exposure part 2
  • 21. Virtual reality and interoceptive exposure
  • Relapse prevention

  • 22. Special consideration traumatic bereavement
  • 23. Terminating treatment
  • 24. Conclusion
  • Bibliography

CE Credits

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This training is intended for mental health professionals.


  • 3h of continuing education
  • 24 lessons that last from 5 to 15 minutes each
  • 1 certificate of achievement
  • 1 PowerPoint
  • 1 bibliography
  • 1 course evaluation
  • 4 months unlimited access
  • 7-day money back guarantee

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