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The Efficacy and Effectiveness of Treatment for PTSD with Prolonged Exposure Therapy (PE)

Presented by Edna Foa, PhD

Presenter Bio

Edna B. Foa, Ph.D is a Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Pennsylvania and Founding Director of the Center for the Treatment and Study of Anxiety. Dr. Foa devoted her academic career to study the psychopathology and treatment of anxiety disorders, primarily to post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). Her research activities included the formulation of theoretical frameworks for understanding the mechanisms underlying these disorders, the development of targeted treatments for these disorders, and elucidating treatment mechanisms that can account for their efficacy. The treatment program she has developed for PTSD sufferers has received the highest evidence for its efficacy and has been widely disseminated in the US and around the world.

Dr. Foa has published 18 books and over 400 articles and book chapters. Her work has been recognized with numerous awards and honors, among them the Distinguished Scientific Contributions to Clinical Psychology Award from the American Psychological Association; Lifetime Achievement Award presented by the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies; Lifetime Achievement Award presented by the Association for Behavior and Cognitive Therapies; TIME 100 most influential people of the world; 2010 Lifetime Achievement in the Field of Trauma Psychology Award from the American Psychological Association; the Inaugural International Obsessive Compulsive Disorder Foundation Outstanding Career Achievement Award; recipient of 2015 American Psychological Association (APA) Distinguished Scientific Contribution Award; recipient of the 2020 Founders Award presented by Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA) and 2021 Lifetime Achievement Award from the Academy of Cognitive and Behavioral Therapies (A-CBT).

This 2-hour workshop introduces participants to diagnosis and treatment for patients with posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Next a theoretical approach to PTSD will be discussed, explaining how PTSD symptoms develop, natural recovery from trauma, and the failure to recover. The workshop will provide an overview of the efficacy and the effectiveness of Prolonged Exposure (PE). It will include a presentation of the PE components, in vivo exposure, imaginal exposure. If time allows the workshop will demonstrate imaginal exposure through videotaped sessions excepts

Course Objectives

At the conclusion of this course, participants will be able to:

  1. Explain the diagnostic criteria of the DSM-5
  2. Discuss emotional processing theory as it is related to prolonged exposure. so that participants will be able to understand fundamental goals of prolonged exposure. This will allow flexibility in the use of PE
  3. Summarize studies that demonstrate the efficacy of prolonged exposure so that participants will gain confidence in using this treatment

Instructional Level


Licensed mental health professionals employed through Kaiser Permanente and psychological assistants performing under supervision of a licensed psychologist.

This CE program is free to Kaiser Permanente employees.

Instructional Methodology

On-line Presentation

Continuing Education Information

Kaiser Permanente Northern California Mental Health Training Program is approved by the California Psychological Association to provide continuing professional education for psychologists. The Kaiser Permanente Northern California Mental Health Training Program maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

Refund and Attendance Policy

All programs offered on KP Learn for CE credit through the KP Northern California Mental Health Training website are free of charge to Kaiser Permanente Staff and trainees. Once a course is selected in the KP NCAL MH Training Website, the registration process begins, and it will appear in the individuals KP Learn profile for completion within 90 days.

IMPORTANT NOTICE: Those who attend the program in full and complete the appropriate evaluation form will receive CE credits. Please note that credit will only be granted to those who attend the entire program. An attestation of attendance will be given once the individual has completed viewing the program, which will then initiate the final steps of completing the evaluation forms to receive a certificate of completion.

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