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Assessment and Treatment of PTSD

This event is not sponsored by the Alumni Association and does not fall under the benefits of Founding Membership status.

When: April 5, 2019 / 8:30am – 5:00pm

Where: Richmont Graduate University- Atlanta Campus, 1900 The Exchange SE, Bldg. 100

Continuing Education: 7 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


  • Students= $90.00
  • Professionals= $130.00

Presenter: Dr. Amanda Blackburn

Dr. Amanda Blackburn is the Dean of Students and Associate Professor of Counseling at Richmont Graduate University. She is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor and Licensed Psychologist. Dr. Blackburn received her Psy.D. from Wheaton College. Dr. Blackburn’s areas of specialty include adolescent and adult women’s development, interpersonal relationships, marriage, infertility and adoption, grief, spiritual issues, depression and anxiety.

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.


8.00 am Registration 
8.30 am 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

10.30 am Break 
10.45 am


The Impact of Trauma on the Individual, Family and Community 

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

11.00 am


Plenary Discussion 

·                  Traumatic events which you have experienced directly or indirectly

11.30 am


Orientation to DSM and ICD nomenclature for classifying trauma-related mental disorders 
Noon Lunch  
1.00 pm 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

2.30pm 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

3.30 pm Break
3.45 pm 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 

4.00 pm 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 April 1, 2019.

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