Treatment of Military PTSD: Evidence-Based Exposure Therapy, Clinical Tools, and Emerging Methods

Presented by Peter W. Tuerk, PhD on 03-31-2017 at 9 a.m. Pacific (noon Eastern) to 11 a.m. Pacific (2 p.m. Eastern)

World events over the last few decades have had a profound impact on the mental health of our military service members and veterans. As a result, many clinicians are seeking more in-depth training opportunities to develop a better understanding of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and its treatment as it relates to veterans and people in the military.

In this two-hour continuing education web conference, Dr. Peter Tuerk will summarize the theoretical and empirical support underlying evidence-based exposure therapy for PTSD in military and veteran-related populations. He will present an in-depth working understanding of the drivers of PTSD pathology to aid clinicians in distinguishing PTSD from a variety of other mental health difficulties and to assist in appropriate treatment selection.

Drawing on clinical training experiences in Veterans Affairs and the Department of Defense, Dr. Tuerk will provide attendees with a summary of the Prolonged Exposure therapy protocol, including its strengths and weaknesses in standard care clinical settings. He will also present a range of therapeutic techniques that can support treatment engagement and treatment effectiveness. Lastly, this web conference will consider cutting-edge methods and technologies geared to augmenting and individualizing evidence-based PTSD protocols.

This intermediate web conference is designed to help clinicians:

  1. Develop a working knowledge of the latest clinical science outcomes regarding PTSD care for military service members and veterans.
  2. Demonstrate skills in the differential diagnosis of PTSD and related problems.
  3. Discuss Prolonged Exposure (PE) therapy protocol, including its strengths and weaknesses in standard care settings.
  4. Apply PTSD theory and directive therapeutic techniques to guide treatment progression. 
  5. Describe methods to facilitate effective treatment engagement.
  6. Develop an understanding of next-generation methods to improve and individualize evidence-based PTSD treatment.

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How the Web Conference Works

Before the scheduled event, all registered attendees will be sent a reminder email from GoodTherapy.org with specific instructions on how to log in to the web conference center, as well as links to optional handout materials if applicable. 

To attend the event, registered attendees will log in to the web conference center using a computer or device (smartphone or tablet with internet access) and calling in to the teleconference line on a phone. Attendees will be able to ask live audio questions via phone and/or submit text chat questions via their computer or device. Attendees who are logged in to the event center will be able to see live streaming video and/or document sharing. Alternatively, attendees may dial in to the teleconference line only, though attendees dialing in by phone only will be unable to ask questions. 

At the conclusion of this event, participants will receive an email with information about how to request a CE certificate in the GoodTherapy.org Member's Area. To confirm attendance, participants must enter the start and end codes announced at the beginning and end of the live presentation. Participants will also be prompted to complete an online survey evaluating the event. Participants will need to complete this online survey within six days after the event. Once completed, participants will be able to download a copy of their CE certificate instantly. 

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Continuing Education (CE) Information

Two CE contact hours will be provided by GoodTherapy.org for attending this web conference in its entirety. 

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Registration Information

This web conference is available at no cost to GoodTherapy.org members.

This event has already taken place. An audio recording for this event may be available in the Member's Area.

Meet the Presenter

Peter W. Tuerk, PhD

Peter W. Tuerk, PhD

Peter W. Tuerk, PhD is a clinical psychologist who specializes in evidence-based PTSD treatment, research, and the integration of technology into clinical care. He earned his doctorate at the University of Virginia, is an Associate Professor of Psychiatry at the Medical University of South Carolina, and serves as Director of the PTSD Clinical and Telehealth programs at the Charleston VA Medical Center.

Dr. Tuerk has extensive experience as a clinical trainer in Prolonged Exposure therapy and mental health technology for Veterans Affairs (VA) and Department of Defense (DoD) as well as for community health settings. He conducts research related to augmenting evidence-based treatments for PTSD and currently serves as Principal Investigator on VA, DoD, and National Institute of Health (NIH) research awards. Dr. Tuerk chaired the National Strategy Taskforce for Evidence Based PTSD Telehealth and is editor of Springer International’s Behavioral Telehealth Series.

Dr. Tuerk has served as a mental health consultant internationally on Japanese NIMH and Australian Government DoD/VA funded projects. He was recently named a Top 100 producer in the U.S. Purpose Economy for scientific and clinical contributions. Dr. Tuerk is also the recipient of VA’s highest commendation, the Olin E. Teague Award for outstanding career achievement in the rehabilitation of war-injured veterans.

Dr. Tuerk recently presented Return from Chaos: Treating PTSD at TEDxCharleston and he is the co-author of Clinical Videoconferencing in Telehealth: Program Development and Practice.

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    GoodTherapy.org is Approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. GoodTherapy.org maintains responsibility for this program and its content. GoodTherapy.org received APA approval in May 2011. Events after 2011 may meet APA requirements for Continuing Education credits.
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    This course has been approved by GoodTherapy.org, as a NAADAC Approved Education Provider, for educational credits. NAADAC Provider #135463. GoodTherapy.org is responsible for all aspects of their programming.
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    GoodTherapy.org, provider #1352, is approved as a provider for social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) www.aswb.org through the Approved Continuing Education (ACE) Program. GoodTherapy.org maintains responsibility for the program. ASWB Approval Period: 03/30/2016 – 03/30/2019. Social workers should contact their regulatory board to determine course approval for continuing education credits. Social workers participating in this course will receive 2 clinical continuing education clock hours.
  • GoodTherapy.org, LLC is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #SW-0395.
  • GoodTherapy.org, LLC is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed marriage and family therapists #MFT-0022 and for licensed mental health counselors #MHC-0031.