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Disciplines: Occupational Therapy
Hours: 3 Contact Hours
Author(s): Kelly Cue Davis, PhD
Peer Reviewer(s): Diane L. Green, PhD, MSW
Item#: I6306
Contents: 1 Course Book (46 pages)
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Posttraumatic Stress Disorder: An Overview, Updated 1st Edition

Price $29.95
Item # I6306
When available, the Online Course format is included with the hard copy, eBook, or audio book formats!

Expiration Date: October 7, 2018

PTSD has received a great deal of clinical and research attention in the last 30 years. While most individuals who experience traumatic stressors do not develop posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), the high incidence of trauma exposure in the United States requires that health professionals routinely assess individuals for exposure to a single traumatic event, ongoing traumatic experiences, and symptoms of PTSD. Various events may be considered traumatic stressors, including combat experiences, sexual assault, serious injury, accidents, natural disasters, ongoing abuse, the unexpected death of a loved one, and exposure to violent crime.


Designed for professionals in a broad range of roles and settings, this basic-level course details the history of the PTSD diagnosis and provides current information on the disorder including DSM-5 diagnostic criteria, etiology, incidence, assessment approaches, and effective therapeutic treatment methods. Because not everyone who experiences traumatic stressors is affected by PTSD, the course also describes the role of risk and resiliency factors, such as comorbid mental illness and the type and severity of the exposure, on an individual’s development of PTSD.  The course includes an extensive resources list and case vignettes to heighten awareness among practitioners working with clients with PTSD. 

AOTA Content Focus - Domain of OT: areas of occupation, performance skills; Occupational therapy process: evaluation, intervention

Course Objectives

  • Discuss the history, etiology, incidence, and risk factors for PTSD.
  • Identify diagnostic criteria for PTSD.
  • Discuss assessment and differential diagnosis for PTSD.
  • Identify the major clinical signs and symptoms of PTSD.
  • Describe therapeutic approaches for treating PTSD.

Kelly Cue Davis, PhD, is an assistant professor in the School of Social Work at the University of Washington in Seattle. She obtained her master’s and doctoral degrees in clinical psychology from the University of Washington. Her current research focuses on the effects of alcohol consumption on sexuality, sexual aggression, sexual risk taking, and violence against women. Most recently, she has studied the effects of alcohol use on sexual violence and HIV/STI-related risk behaviors under grants from the National Institutes of Health and the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism. Dr. Davis serves as a consulting editor for Psychology of Addictive Behaviors, ad hoc reviewer for numerous psychology journals, and chair of the Task Force on Violence Against Women, Society for the Psychology of Women of the American Psychological Association.

Diane L. Green, PhD, MSW, is associate professor of social work, School of Social Work, Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton. For the past seven years, she has taught psychopathology, victimology, grief and loss, and research at the School of Social Work at Florida Atlantic University. Dr. Green has conducted many focus groups with victim assistance providers and leaders in the victim field to develop a manual for and provide training to clinical social workers in assessment and treatment of victims of crime. She was an integral part of Victims Services 2000 in Texas, a program to develop a comprehensive service delivery plan for victims of crime, integrating knowledge gained in interviews with law enforcement leaders (sheriff, chief of police, probation officers, parole officers), victim service providers, and others. Dr. Green has published more than 26 national and international articles and 10 chapters in books relating to victims of crime; she has presented her research at more than 20 conferences in the United States and abroad. Dr. Green’s research has focused on the stress and coping processes of victims of violent and nonviolent crime, the effectiveness of mental health interventions, and grief and loss issues.

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  • There are no prerequisites for this course.