ACT for PTSD: The Case of Deborah, an Army Veteran
This activity is designed for: Psychologists, social workers, counselors, MFTs, physicians, and nurses.
Course: Intermediate to Advanced
Publication date: 05/24/2023
What Will You Learn in This Course?
In this clinical case, Sonja Batten, Ph.D., talks about a client presenting with heightened anxiety symptoms who meets the criteria for PTSD and panic disorder. She applies the acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) framework to conceptualize the case and provide a treatment structure based on the hexaflex model. This model includes behavioral tracking, acceptance metaphors, values clarification, and differing levels of exposure.
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Meet Your Instructor: Sonja V. Batten, Ph.D.
Sonja V. Batten, Ph.D., is Senior Psychological Health Advisor at Booz Allen and leads the firm’s Behavioral Health Community of Practice. Prior to joining Booz Allen, she worked in the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) in the role of Deputy Chief Consultant for Specialty Mental Health. Her responsibilities included supervising the development of mental health policy related to women’s mental health, military sexual trauma, PTSD, suicide prevention, and substance use disorders, including collaboration with the Department of Defense. She also led the VA’s innovative nationwide mental health public awareness campaign Make the Connection, which won more than 50 awards in 2 years, and spearheaded its complementary social media component.
Dr. Batten was the first Deputy Director of the Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury and the first Associate Director for Women’s Health Research at Yale University. While leading the outpatient and residential PTSD programs for the VA Maryland Health Care System, she established its first mental health outreach and clinical program for veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan.
She earned a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Georgia and a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Nevada, Reno. She is also a certified executive coach and Prosci change management practitioner.
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ACT for PTSD: The Case of Deborah, an Army Veteran
Date of Release: Jun 26, 2023
Date of Expiration: Mar 1, 2024
At the conclusion of this activity, participants will be able to:
1. Identify the symptoms of PTSD and panic disorder in the clinical case.
2. Describe how to use the ACT framework to structure treatment for PTSD with panic disorder.
3. Differentiate between traditional and ACT-based exposure for PTSD.
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2- Pass the post-test with a score of 75% or higher.
3- Complete the evaluation form.
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