PE for PTSD Intermediate Sessions: Processing Imaginal and In Vivo Exposure

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. We introduce hot spots in session 5 or 6.
  2. The structure of the intermediate sessions includes: homework review, imaginal exposure with hot spots, processing, and homework assignment.
  3. The patient should have disclosed all of the details of the traumatic event by this point.
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PE for PTSD Intermediate Sessions: Processing Imaginal and In Vivo Exposure

Welcome to Module 5: the Intermediate Sessions and Hotspots. Welcome to Video 1: Intermediate Sessions, the Overview.

PE for PTSD Intermediate Sessions: Processing Imaginal and In Vivo Exposure

The session overview for the intermediate sessions includes reviewing homework (that should take about 10 minutes), presenting the agenda for the session (that should probably take no longer than 3 minutes), conducting the imaginal exposure (about 40 minutes, 45 or so), and we’re going to be focusing on hot spots, …

Foa, E., Hembree, E. A., Rothbaum, B. O., & Rauch, S. (2019). Prolonged exposure therapy for PTSD: Emotional processing of traumatic experiences - Therapist guide (2nd ed.). Oxford University Press.

PE for PTSD Intermediate Sessions: Processing Imaginal and In Vivo Exposure

… processing the imaginal exposure (that will take anywhere from 15 to 20 minutes), discussing the in vivo exposure (about 10 to 15 minutes), and assigning homework for about five minutes.

Foa, E., Hembree, E. A., Rothbaum, B. O., & Rauch, S. (2019). Prolonged exposure therapy for PTSD: Emotional processing of traumatic experiences - Therapist guide (2nd ed.). Oxford University Press.

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