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Prolonged Exposure Therapy for PTSD

10th Anniversary Workshop Series on Trauma

This two-day workshop introduces participants to diagnosis and treatment for patients with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).  Next a theoretical approach to PTSD will be discussed, explaining how PTSD symptoms develop, natural recovery from trauma, and the failure to recover. The workshop will provide an overview of the efficacy and the effectiveness of Prolonged Exposure (PE) and the mechanisms underlying the success of the treatment.  It will include an overview of the treatment program and how to present the program to patients. The rationale for PE will be demonstrated via videotaped session excerpts. The workshop will also include discussion of the major components of PE and demonstration of these components via videotapes.


  • To familiarize the participants with the diagnostic criteria of the DSM-5 so that they will able to use these new criteria to diagnosed their PTSD patients correctly
  • Discuss emotional processing theory as it is related to PE so that participants will be able to understand fundamental goals of PE; this will allow flexibility in the use of PE
  • Summarize studies that demonstrate the efficacy of PE so that participants will gain confidence in using this treatment

There is limited number of spaces available for this workshop so we encourage you to register early and avoid being disappointed.

Edna B. Foa, Ph.D., is a Professor of Clinical Psychology in Psychiatry at the University of Pennsylvania and Director of the Center for the Treatment and Study of Anxiety.  Dr. Foa devoted her academic career to study the psychopathology and treatment of anxiety disorders, primarily obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Her research activities included the formulation of theoretical frameworks for understanding the mechanisms underlying these disorders, the development of targeted treatments for these disorders, and elucidating treatment mechanisms that can account for their efficacy.

The treatment program she has developed for PTSD sufferers has received the highest evidence for its efficacy and has been widely disseminated in the US and around the world. Dr. Foa has published 18 books and over 350 articles and book chapters. Her work has been recognized with numerous awards and honors, among them the Distinguished Scientific Contributions to Clinical Psychology Award from the American Psychological Association; Lifetime Achievement Award presented by the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies; Lifetime Achievement Award presented by the Association for Behavior and Cognitive Therapies; TIME 100 most influential people of the world; 2010 Lifetime Achievement in the Field of Trauma Psychology Award from the American Psychological Association; the Inaugural International Obsessive Compulsive Disorder Foundation Outstanding Career Achievement Award; and recipient of 2015 American Psychological Association (APA) Distinguished Scientific Contribution Award.

Date: Thursday September 15, 2016 from 9:00 am — 4:30 pm  & Friday September 16, 2016 from 9:00 am — 4:30 pm

Early Bird (until August 16, 2016) $559.35 ($495 + HST)  /   Regular Rate $621.50 ($550 +HST)

Prolonged Exposure Therapy – PTSD

Ajax Convention Centre
550 Beck Crescent
Ajax, Ontario L1Z 1C9

Cancellation Policy:
OPTI will provide refunds up to 14 days prior to this course upon receipt of email cancellation to All refunds are subject to a $100 administrative fee. We regret that a refund or credit cannot be offered if your cancellation request is after 14 days.


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