Learning Prolonged Exposure for PTSD: A Comprehensive Guide for Clinicians

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


Course: Intermediate to Advanced

Publication date: 09/01/2020

What Will You Learn in This Course?

This course is designed to help mental health clinicians learn and apply prolonged exposure therapy (PE) principles for patients with PTSD. PE for PTSD is a short-term therapy that has been proven effective for patients with PTSD following any kind of traumatic event. In about 9–12 sessions, a therapist can help war veterans, rape survivors, other kinds of victims, and survivors of catastrophes, among other events, regain their lives and feel “normal” again.

Earn up to 6.75 CE/CME credits.

Online Training You Can Immediately Apply to Your Practice

Learn the fundamentals of Prolonged Exposure for PTSD in this course led by Dr. Barbara Rothbaum. She is a renowned expert with more than 30 years of experience in treating PTSD patients.

Dr. Rothbaum will teach you the critical components of PE: How to apply breathing retraining, how to conduct imaginal exposure, and how to construct an in vivo hierarchy for in vivo exposure. She also provides you with specific guidance on homework assignments.

This course will give you practical and step-by-step guidance that will expand your skills to treat PTSD patients. This program offers not just “interesting information”, but practical education and wisdom from a practitioner with decades of real-world experience.

Are you a clinician with little time? If so, microlearning is your best friend.

The course is divided into modules, those modules are divided into learning nuggets designed to fit your busy life.  You can spend just 5–10 minutes and still learn something valuable.

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

After completing this online program, you can earn 6.75 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: Barbara Olasov Rothbaum, Ph.D.

Barbara Olasov Rothbaum, Ph.D., is Director of the Emory Healthcare Veterans Program. She is a professor and Associate Vice Chair of Clinical Research at Emory School of Medicine in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and Director of the Trauma and Anxiety Recovery Program. She holds the Paul A. Janssen Chair in Neuropsychopharmacology.

Dr. Rothbaum specializes in research on the treatment of anxiety disorders, particularly PTSD. She was a member of the Institute of Medicine (IOM) Study on Assessment of Ongoing Efforts in the Treatment of PTSD and briefed the Departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs and House and Senate Committees on Veterans Affairs and Armed Services on the IOM report results in 2014.

Dr. Rothbaum has been studying PTSD treatments since 1986 and has developed, tested, and disseminated some of the most innovative and effective treatments available for PTSD. She is an inventor of virtual reality exposure therapy and a pioneer in applying it in the treatment of PTSD in combat veterans. She has authored over 350 scientific papers and chapters, published 11 books on the treatment of PTSD, and edited 4 books on anxiety.

She received the Diplomate in Behavioral Psychology from the American Board of Professional Psychology and is a past-President of the International Society of Traumatic Stress Studies. She is on the Scientific Advisory Board for the Anxiety Disorders Association of America and National Center for PTSD and on the Executive Committee of the Warrior Care Network. She is a Fellow of the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology, the National Academy of Inventors, the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, and the American Psychological Association’s (APA) Division 56 (Division of Trauma Psychology).

Dr. Rothbaum received the Award for Outstanding Contributions to the Practice of Trauma Psychology in 2010 for APA Division 56 and received the Robert S. Laufer Award for Outstanding Scientific Achievement from the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies. Her outreach efforts include training community clinicians in evidence-based treatment for PTSD.

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 6.75 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 6.75 continuing education credits.

Learning Prolonged Exposure for PTSD: A Comprehensive Guide for Clinicians

Date of Release: Sep 1, 2020
Date of Review: Sep 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 prolonged exposure therapy (PE) for PTSD.
2. Present an overview of all sessions in PE and summarize their main components.
3. Describe how to conduct in vivo exposure and imaginal exposure as well as how to process during exposure therapy.

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 [email protected].

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: [email protected]

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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