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Published: 2017-04-14

Trauma-focused cognitive-behavioral therapy for posttraumatic stress disorder

Psychiatric Clinic, Psychiatric Services of Thurgovia (Academic Teaching Hospital), Münsterlingen (Switzerland)
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Julia Müller

Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a widespread condition, that affects near 20% of individuals exposed to traumatic event. Moreover, recent studies suggest, that it has a tendency for chronic course and is associated with increased risk of cardiovascular events. According to clinical guidelines as first line therapy for PTSD trauma-focused cognitive-behavioral therapy or eye movement desensitization and reprocessing therapy must be used. In this educational course are presented highlights of 2-day trauma-focused cognitive therapy training, including PTSD symptoms, overall CBT methods overview, theoretical and practical implications.

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Abstract

Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is a widespread condition, that affects near 20% of individuals, exposed to traumatic event. Moreover, recent studies suggest, that it has a tendency for chronic course and is associated with increased risk of cardiovascular events. According to clinical guidelines as first line therapy for PTSD trauma-focused cognitive-behavioral therapy or eye movement desensitization and reprocessing therapy must be used. In this educational course are presented highlights of 2-day trauma-focused cognitive therapy training, including PTSD symptoms, overall CBT methods overview, theoretical and practical implications.

Introduction. PTSD diagnosis

Introduction. Diagnostic criteria and PTSD prevalence. Traumatic events types and risk of PTSD. Association between traumatic events number, intensity and PTSD risk development. Differences between ICD-10, DSM-IV and DSM-5 diagnostic criteria. Clinical case example. PTSD spontaneously vs. therapy remission rates. Types of psychological interventions depending on the time elapse since the traumatic events. Is there a need in Debriefing (video 1)?