Evidence Based Assessment of Trauma and PTSD for Adults


# of CE's: 6.0

0.6 IACET CE's

This workshop will provide intensive instruction in DSM-5 diagnostic criteria for PTSD, including introducing the Posttraumatic Stress Scale for DSM-5 (Interview version – PSSI-5) as well as PTSD Diagnostic Scale for DSM-5 (PDS-5), a self-report measure of PTSD symptoms. Administration of the PSSI-5 and PDS-5 will be covered in detail and participants will rate a sample PSSI-5 and discuss the scoring rationale for the sample administration. Participants will also be introduced to Prolonged Exposure Therapy for PTSD, an evidence-based treatment for PTSD that is effective, flexible, and a best practice recommendation.

Learning Objectives:

By the end of this presentation, participants will be able to:

  • Define trauma and review DSM-5 criteria for PTSD
  • Discuss other considerations in making diagnosis (cultural factors, differential diagnosis)
  • Review comorbidity, prevalence, course, and prognosis of PTSD
  • Discuss risk factors for development of PTSD
  • Define assessment reliability and validity and discuss recommendations for PTSD assessment method and structure
  • Discuss administration and scoring conventions of the PDS-5 and PSSI-5
  • Rate a sample PSSI-5
  • Review emotional processing theory and Prolonged Exposure Therapy for PTSD

Intended Audience:

This training is for Clinicians working with adults 18+ who have been exposed to trauma.

  • Psychologists, Social Workers, Counselors
  • Clinical Supervisors/Program Managers
  • ICM Adult Case managers
  • Evaluators (intake workers)

Instructional Level:


Completion Requirements:

Participants must attend entire presentation and complete a course evaluation in order to receive credits