Video | 01:13:26

Evidence-Based Treatment Planning for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

by Timothy Bruce, Arthur Jongsma, Jr.
Clients suffering from PTSD continue to feel the terror of traumatic events long after they’ve experienced them, and need skillful clinical support to manage the pervasive, everyday triggers they face. In this video, learn to diagnose and treat this unsettling disorder.

Part of the 12-video series: Evidence-Based Treatment Planning


Evidence-Based Treatment Planning for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
PTSD can result from a range of traumatic incidents including war, abuse, assault, and accidents, and effective therapists must not only offer clients empathy and support, but also help them manage fearful flashbacks, process distressing memories, and reduce daily anxiety. In this video, expert clinicians Drs. Timothy Bruce and Arthur Jongsma provide needed insight into the features of post-traumatic stress disorder and an overview of its empirically supported treatments. With thorough clinical definitions, case vignettes, and thoughtful commentary, Bruce and Jongsma give practitioners a solid game plan for successful treatment.

Beginning with a survey of the DSM criteria for PTSD, Bruce and Jongsma present comprehensive descriptions of the traumatic stressors, intrusive recollections, trigger avoidance, hyperarousal, and functional impairment that can characterize a client’s experience. The two clinicians anchor their formulations with a six-step treatment planning process for PTSD, geared toward building a plan consistent with its empirically supported treatments (ESTs). A brief history of the EST movement provides further context.

Bruce and Jongsma also offer informative, practical commentary, taking you through the various stages of evidence-based case formulation alongside related clinical demonstrations. In a series of case vignettes featuring a female client working through a traumatic, life-threatening event, you’ll watch her therapist demonstrate skillful interventions (including psychoeducation, cognitive restructuring, exposure therapy, and guided self-dialogue) based on the approaches of stress inoculation training, prolonged exposure, and cognitive processing therapy. Behavioral definitions, short-term objectives, and long-term goals are covered too, making for a well-rounded set of tools you can start using immediately to support clients while meeting increasingly stringent professional standards.

If you want to build clinical confidence with post-traumatic stress disorder or evidence-based treatment plans aligned with the latest empirically supported methods, add this video to your library today.

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Posttraumatic stress disorder brings intrusive memories, somatic reactivity, and acute experiences of fear, helplessness, and terror to traumatized clients; understanding these issues and knowing how to guide clients through them is essential to effective treatment. If you’ve been searching for clinical resources on PTSD or its empirically supported treatment approaches, you’ll be relieved to discover this content-rich video with Drs. Timothy Bruce and Arthur Jongsma. Here, the two experts tell you everything you need to know about building treatment plans that pass muster with funding sources and support your success with clients struggling with PTSD.

Bruce and Jongsma start by presenting an overview of the DSM criteria for PTSD, with comprehensive descriptions of the traumatic stressors, intrusive recollections, trigger avoidance, hyperarousal, and functional impairment that clients may experience. Moving on to a brief history of the empirically supported treatment (EST) movement, the hosts outline several ways to integrate ESTs into PTSD treatment. They distinguish between “trauma-focused” treatments that emphasize the processing of past memories and those geared toward stress reduction and skills for daily functioning, and then discuss the research around whether (and when) to combine them.

You’ll learn to compose a six-step treatment plan based on stress inoculation training, prolonged exposure, and cognitive processing therapy, and you’ll watch these approaches in action via live case vignettes of a female client stuck in the aftermath of a workplace robbery. Live commentary follows each segment, helping you integrate what you’ve just seen and contextualize it within an evidence-based framework.

If you’re looking to deepen your understanding of evidence-based treatment planning and the empirically supported treatments on which they’re based, you’ll be excited to get your hands on this information-packed video.

By watching this video, you will:
  • Understand the DSM criteria for posttraumatic stress disorder, its clinical features, and considerations for relapse prevention.
  • Know the history of empirically supported treatments (ESTs) and those designated for PTSD.
  • Learn to build a six-step treatment plan for PTSD informed by evidence-based practices.
Length of video: 01:13:26
English subtitles available on: Stream, DVD
Timothy BruceTimothy Bruce, PhD, is Professor and Associate Chair of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine. A summa cum laude graduate of the honors program curriculum at Indiana State University, Bruce received his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from The University at Albany-State University of New York under the mentorship of Dr. David Barlow. He completed his residency training at Wilford Hall USAF Medical Center under the direction of Dr. Robert Klepac.

Bruce is active in the clinical, educational, and scholarship missions of the department. He serves several administrative positions in the department including Associate Chair, Director of Medical Student Education, and Director of the Psychiatry Residency Scholarship Program. Bruce's contributions to the literature include over 30 books and training manuals, as well as numerous professional journal articles, book chapters, encyclopedia articles, and other works. His areas of interests include education and training, the evidence-based practice of clinical psychology, and cognitive behavioral therapies. In addition to maintaining his own clinical practice, Bruce supervises the psychotherapy training of residents. Recognized for his work in academic administration as well as classroom and clinical teaching, Bruce has received over three dozen awards for his efforts in these areas to date.

Most recently, Bruce has been contributing editor and co-author of Arthur Jongsma’s widely used PracticePlanners© Series, empirically informing it with results from the psychotherapy outcome literature.

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Arthur Jongsma, Jr.ARTHUR E. JONGSMA, Jr., PhD, is Series Editor for the bestselling PracticePlanners® . Since 1971, he has provided professional mental health services to both inpatient and outpatient clients. He managed a group private practice for twenty-five years and is now the Executive Director of Life Guidance Services in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

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Learning objectives:

  • Understand the DSM criteria for Post-traumatic Stress Disorder, its clinical features, and considerations for relapse prevention.
  • Know the history of empirically supported treatments (ESTs) and those designated for PTSD.
  • Learn to build a six-step treatment plan for PTSD informed by evidence-based practices.