Trauma Training Pathway: Proven ACT, DBT, and PE Techniques

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

What will I learn?

This training pathway is designed to empower you with the most effective strategies for trauma treatment.
Expand your therapeutic toolbox through a three-dimensional approach by applying three key modalities: Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), and Prolonged Exposure (PE).

Each of these rigorously tested methodologies has a strong evidence base supporting their clinical efficacy. The three modalities are widely recognized in the field of trauma therapy.
Moreover, we’re including a bonus course on Trauma-Informed Stabilization Treatment (TIST) from the renowned expert Janina Fisher, Ph.D., where she explains the therapy framework through a clinical case.

We know that to truly master something, practical application is key. That’s why our course focuses heavily on the practical aspects of these techniques.
We help you turn theory into practice, equipping you with the tools needed to navigate real-world trauma treatment scenarios.

Why evidence-based therapies for trauma?

  • Define your practice as an evidence-based trauma specialist.
  • Apply proven strategies that lead to significant improvements for your clients.
  • Satisfy insurance policies by employing validated methodologies, reinforcing the stability of your practice.

Trauma Pathway Content

ACT Component​

1 course and 2 clinical cases

Dr. Sonja Batten guides you on how to apply ACT exercises to trauma clients. She also addresses therapist obstacles and self-care, which is of great importance when treating clients with trauma issues.

Dr. Matthew Tull explores the fusion of ACT principles with trauma techniques, rebuilding resilience and purpose within clients with PTSD.

Dr. Sonja Batten conceptualizes a case and structures treatment based on the hexaflex model. This includes behavioral tracking, acceptance metaphors, values clarification, and differing levels of exposure.

DBT Component​

1 course and 1 clinical case

Dr. Kirby Reutter guides you on implementing trauma-focused dialectical behavior therapy (TF-DBT) for PTSD and trauma-related conditions.

In addition, you will have access to multiple mock sessions in which you can observe Dr. Kirby Reutter applying DBT skills.

Dr. Kirby Reutter presents the case of Maria, a 19-year-old woman from Nicaragua with a chronic history of trauma. He shares his case conceptualization and interventions from the trauma-focused dialectical behavioral therapy (TF-DBT) perspective.

Prolonged Exposure Component

1 course and 1 clinical case

Dr. Barbara 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 clients. This program offers not just “interesting information”, but practical education and wisdom from a practitioner with decades of real-world experience.

Dr. Barbara Rothbaum explores how prolonged exposure therapy (PE) can help individuals confront traumatic memories and regain control over their lives. Learn about the challenges of PE as Dr. Rothbaum works with Sarah, a survivor of war, to heal and find hope amid the shadows of the past.

Bonus Course: TIST

1 clinical case

Dr. Janina Fisher introduces TIST through the clinical case of “D”, a 58-year-old, globally recognized professional woman battling emotional overwhelm and distress due to a history of chronic trauma. Learn about the structural dissociation theory and the TIST framework and techniques for addressing trauma and bringing stability.

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The Trauma Pack has a value of $1397. Promotional value $375

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Your Trauma Therapy Toolbox: A Worksheets and Handouts Library

Gain access to a diverse collection of handouts and worksheets.


Client Resources:

Exercises, metaphors, and activities to assign as therapeutic homework, reinforcing learning between sessions.

Clinician’s Toolkit:

Guides, checklists, and planners to streamline your preparation and deliver impactful interventions with confidence.

Sample Video: “Understanding DSM-5 Criteria for PTSD: A Disorder of Extinction

From our course, Learning Prolonged Exposure for PTSD: A Comprehensive Guide for Clinicians

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

Meet Your Instructors

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.

Dr. Matthew Tull is a professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Toledo, in Ohio. He received his doctoral degree in clinical psychology from the University of Massachusetts Boston, following completion of an internship at the Boston Veteran’s Affairs (VA) Healthcare System.

His research is focused on understanding the role of emotion regulation in the development and maintenance of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), as well as a variety of maladaptive behaviors commonly observed among individuals with PTSD such as substance use, risk-taking behaviors, suicidal behavior, and nonsuicidal self-injury.

Dr. Tull has published over 200 peer-reviewed articles, and his research has been funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse, the National Institute of Mental Health, and the Canadian Institute of Health Research. His program of research has been recognized through awards from the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies and the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies.

Kirby Reutter, Ph.D., DBTC, LMHC, MAC, is a bilingual clinical psychologist who contracts with the United States Department of Homeland Security to provide treatment services for asylum seekers. Dr. Reutter is a TED speaker and the author of The Dialectical Behavior Therapy Skills Workbook for PTSD: Practical Exercises for Overcoming Trauma and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.

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.

Janina Fisher, Ph.D., is a licensed clinical psychologist and a former instructor at Harvard Medical School. An international expert on the treatment of trauma, she sits on the advisory board of the Trauma Research Foundation. She is best known for her work on integrating mindfulness-based and somatic interventions into trauma treatment.

Dr. Fisher is the author of Healing the Fragmented Selves of Trauma Survivors: Overcoming Self-Alienation (2017), Transforming the Living Legacy of Trauma: A Workbook for Survivors and Therapists (2021), and The Living Legacy Instructional Flip Chart (2022).  More information can be found on her website at

Accreditation Information

Psychologists (APA) Credit Designation: This program 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.

Some professional boards, including those for Counselors, Marriage and Family Therapists, and Addiction Professionals, may accept APA CE credits.

Please contact your professional licensing board for further information. State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit.

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: 4/7/2024 – 4/7/2027. Social workers completing this course receive continuing education credits.

Please contact your professional licensing board for further information. State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit.

States and provinces that accept ACE

Physicians (ACCME) Credit Designation: 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.

AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ are accepted by the boards responsible for regulating Nurse Practitioners and Physician Assistants.

Please contact your professional licensing board for further information. State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit.

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Course Interaction & System Requirements

This  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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