520 N. Delaware Ave • Philadelphia, PA 19123 • 215-923-2116 • fax: 215-923-5169


This session runs from 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM.  Regiatration begins at 8:00 AM.

LOCATION:  BHTEN training is held on the 7th floor of 520 N. Delaware Ave, at the corner of Spring Garden and Delaware.  The entrance is on Spring Garden St.

Evidence Based Assessment of Trauma and PTSD for Adults

CE Type: 
# of CE's: 
0.6 IACET CE's

About This Course

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