Becoming a PE Therapist

Barbara-Rothbaum

Associate Vice-Chair of Clinical Research, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Emory University School of Medicine
Director, Emory Healthcare Veterans Program
Director, Emory Trauma and Anxiety Recovery Program
Paul A. Janssen Chair in Neuropsychopharmacology

Key Points

  1. Proficiency in PE requires study, training, and consultation, though some practitioners adopt alternate learning methods.
  2. New therapists often experience a parallel learning process with their patients, facing similar anxieties.
  3. Understanding and leveraging the extensive research behind PE is crucial for therapists to effectively administer and advocate for the therapy.
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Requirements for Proficiency

  1. Study the PE Manual: Therapists should begin by reading the PE manual thoroughly.
  2. Attend Training Workshops: A two-day training workshop is recommended for practical skills and knowledge.
  3. Undergo Consultation: Therapists should receive consultation on at least two cases or for a six-month period. During this time, a consultant reviews every session recording and provides feedback to ensure treatment is delivered with fidelity and to assist with any challenges.

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