ACT for Trauma: PTSD and Beyond

This activity is designed for: Psychologists, social workers, counselors, MFTs, physicians, and nurses.


Course: Intermediate to Advanced

Publication date: 07/01/2021

What Will You Learn in This Course?

This course is designed for clinicians so that they can broaden their acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) tools to treat clients with posttraumatic problems in living and PTSD. Throughout the course, Sonja Batten, Ph.D., explains ACT concepts and exercises as applied to posttraumatic problems and PTSD, and guides clinicians on their clinical application. Dr. Batten also includes therapist obstacles and self-care, which is of great importance when treating clients with trauma issues.

Online Training You Can Immediately Apply to Your Practice

Do you have clients with trauma-related issues?

Would you like to offer them an option for treatment that does not necessarily involve exposure?

If so, you’ve come to the right place. Acceptance and Commitment Therapy is just what you need to know about that would suit these wary-of-exposure clients.

We are very happy to offer our new course: “ACT for Trauma: PTSD and Beyond”.

This course is 8:15 solid hours of an ACT expert explaining, in an easy-to-learn format, the essentials of how to care for clients with trauma-related issues and PTSD.

And not only that, since working with trauma clients is so emotionally demanding, we also offer a section that addresses therapist self-care.

This course offers multiple ways to learn ACT for PTSD:  You can watch the course videos, read the transcripts, or listen to the audio recordings.

Don’t worry, we use microlearning principles so all this information is easily digestible for clinicians with little time.

This course offers up to 8.25 CE credits.

Course Content

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Sample Video:

All our sections are concise and clinically relevant; none of them lasts more than 12 minutes. That's our rule.

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.

Accreditation Information


This course is co-sponsored by Medical Academy, LLC, and Psychotherapy Academy. Medical Academy, LLC, is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Medical Academy, LLC, maintains responsibility for this program and its content.


This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education through the joint providership of Medical Academy, LLC, and the Psychotherapy Academy. Medical Academy, LLC, is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
Medical Academy, LLC, designates this enduring activity for a maximum of 8 AMA PRA Category 1 credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
Psychotherapy Academy, #1851, is approved as an ACE provider to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Regulatory boards are the final authority on courses accepted for continuing education credit.  ACE provider approval period: 4/7/2023–4/7/2024.   Social workers completing this course receive 8 continuing education credits.

ACT for Trauma: PTSD and Beyond

Date of Release: Jul 1, 2021
Date of Review: Jul 1, 2022
Date of Expiration: Mar 1, 2024

Location: Online

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

1. Identify the key concepts of acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) as applied to posttraumatic problems in living and PTSD.
2. Recognize ACT treatment strategies that can be used with clients with trauma problems and PTSD.
3. Discuss how the sequence of ACT interventions is related to case conceptualization, so as to provide adequate treatment.

Acknowledgment of Financial Commercial Support:
No financial commercial support was received for this educational activity.

Acknowledgment of In-Kind Commercial Support:
No in-kind commercial support was received for this educational activity.

Satisfactory Completion:
Participants must complete the activity online during the valid credit period that is noted above. Follow these steps to earn your CE credits.
1- Watch each video self-directed and participate in the entire activity, as partial credit is unavailable.
2- Pass the post-test with a score of 75% or higher.
3- Complete the evaluation form.
4- Download the certificate.
If you are seeking continuing education credit for a specialty not listed above, it is your responsibility to contact your licensing/certification board to determine course eligibility for your licensing/certification requirement.

Relevant Financial Disclosures:
None of the faculty, planners, and reviewers for this educational activity have relevant financial relationships to disclose during the last 24 months with ineligible companies whose primary business is producing, marketing, selling, re-selling, or distributing healthcare products used by or on patients.

Contact Information:
If you have questions regarding this enduring material activity, please contact us at

These activities have been planned and implemented by Medical Academy, LLC, and Psychotherapy Academy.

Download All Materials in 3 Different Formats for Offline Use

Audio Course

Learn practical tips while doing other things, like commuting, doing chores, or running errands. All sections are available as an audio course.

Video downloads

You can download all course videos for offline access. You don't have to rely on having a stable internet connection.

PDF transcripts

This course offers transcripts and audio files of all modules. These PDF transcripts allow you to absorb course materials more quickly.

Course Interaction & System Requirements

This video based online course is self-paced/noninteractive. Course questions can be directed to Psychotherapy Academy by email:

System Requirements

• Operating Systems: Windows XP or higher, MacOS 10.11 or higher, Android 4.0 or higher
• Internet browser: Google Chrome 49.0 or higher, Firefox 40.0 or higher, Safari 10.1 or higher, Edge 14.0 or higher
• Broadband internet connection: Any medium that is internet accessible
• Media viewing requirements: None

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Practical Info
Earn 8 CE Credits
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