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Assessment and Treatment of PTSD

When: March 27, 2020 / 9:00am – 5:00pm

Where: Live webinar (Zoom) – link will be provided after registration

Continuing Education: 6 CE Credits Awarded. Partial attendance is not awarded.

Target Audience:  Clinical Mental Health Counselors, Marriage and Family Therapists, Psychologists, Students, Emergency Responders, Humanitarian Aid Workers, Pastors and Short/Long Term Missionaries Working with Traumatized Populations.

Instruction Level: Intermediate


  • Graduating Students= FREE
  • Students= $90.00
  • Professionals= $130.00

Presenter: Vanessa Snyder, Ph.D.

Dr. Vanessa Snyder is a Licensed Professional Counselor, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Certified Sex Therapist, Certified Traumatologist, and AAMFT Approved Supervisor. She is a 2008 graduate as well as the VP of the Institute of Trauma and Recovery at Richmont Graduate University. She received her PhD in Counselor Education and Supervision from Regent University in VA. Her areas of research interests include: trauma in families, sexual abuse and trauma, trauma treatment with play/art therapy, assessment in treatment of adults who experience trauma/complex trauma, secondary traumatic stress, complex trauma model protocol used for human trafficking and dissociative disorders.

Topic: In this intermediate course, students will learn about ways of thinking about the trauma induction and reduction process; how to consider the most appropriate assessment and diagnostic instruments; how resiliency and stress reactions are determined in part by the history and current social resources traumatized personality; how to classify the presenting symptoms of the traumatized and determine the best intervention approach from an array of approaches, and the pitfalls to burnout and secondary trauma (compassion fatigue).

Learning Objectives: As a result of attending this workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Describe the continuum of post-traumatic stress responses and disorders from the perspective of trauma theory.
  • Identify the major symptoms of acute and chronic post-traumatic stress disorders, including possible implications for personality development.
  • Discuss how symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorders may be misdiagnosed.
  • Identify at least five (5) instruments used to assess disorders associated with traumatic stress and discuss the potential merits and deficits of each.
  • Describe the context of military-related stress and coping.
  • Discuss the utility of phase-oriented treatment with trauma survivors.
  • Implement at least three trauma treatment approaches.
  • Establish inter- and intrapersonal safety including self-soothing and symptom containment skills.
  • Compare and contrast six (6) treatments of PTSD.
  • Apply how the therapist may effectively employ the “self” as a tool for healing.


Welcome & Introduction

Trauma Theory and Associated Traumatic Stress Responses 

·                  Key definitions

·                  The different facets of trauma

·                  The type of trauma work involved for varying scales of crisis

The Impact of Trauma on the Individual, Family and Community 

·                  How individuals, families and communities respond in the short and long-term

Plenary Discussion 

·                  Traumatic events which you have experienced directly or indirectly

Orientation to DSM and ICD nomenclature for classifying trauma-related mental disorders 
Orientation to Assessment and Diagnostic Instruments 

·                  Ego Resiliency Scale

·                  Traumagram Scale

·                  Impact of Events Scale- Revised

·                  PTSD Scale

·                  Purdue Social Support Scale

·                  General Health Questionnaire

Orientation to Treatment Planning and Phase-Oriented Intervention:

Helping clients to

·                  Establish inter- and intra- personal safety;

·                  Select and use self-soothing and symptom containment skills;

·                  Select and participate in a treatment approach

Effectiveness in comparing and contrasting six (6) treatment approaches of PTSD:

·                  Cognitive-Behavioral Approaches

·                  Client-Centered Exposure Approach;

·                  Eye-movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Approaches

·                  Visual-Kinesthetic Desensitization procedure

·                  Emotional Freedom Technique

·                  Virtual Reality Approaches 

Orientation to Self-Care

Registration: Click HERE

For questions about the course, please contact Dr. Vanessa Snyder at

For questions concerning registration or Continuing Education, please contact Martha Busby at

Refunds: In order to receive a full refund, requests must be made prior to February 21, 2020.

There is no known commercial support for this program.

Richmont Graduate University has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 4534. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. Richmont Graduate University is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs. 

Richmont Graduate University is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Richmont Graduate University maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

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Assessment and Treatment of PTSD