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  • Physical Therapists
  • Physical Therapist Assistants
Hours: 3 Contact Hours
Author(s): Michelle Pardee, DNP, FNP-BC
Peer Reviewer(s): David C. Rozek, PhD
Item#: Q3562
Contents: 1 Course Book (50 pages)
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Understanding Posttraumatic Stress Disorder: An Overview for Physical Therapists, 2nd Edition

Price $29.95
Item # Q3562
When available, the Online Course format is included with the hard copy, eBook, or audio book formats!

Release Date: April 12, 2018

Expiration Date: April 12, 2021

This basic level course provides an overview of PTSD for physical therapists working in a variety of roles and settings. This course addresses basic information regarding PTSD, including DSM-5 diagnostic criteria, etiology, incidence, risk factors, interventions and treatment methods. Though detailed assessment and treatment of PTSD is outside of the physical therapist’s scope of practice, PTSD will impact the patient’s quality of life. In order to provide holistic care to the patient, physical therapists need to be able to screen and refer patients appropriately and understand the treatments that help them recover.

California PTs & PTAs - Approved by the Physical Therapy Board of California through Net Education Design, Inc., an agency recognized by the board to approved courses that meet Physical Therapy Regulations 1399.96.

Texas PTs & PTAs - This activity is provided by the Texas Board of Physical Therapy Examiners Accredited Provider #1911021TX and meets continuing competence requirements for PT & PTA license renewal in Texas.

Ohio PTs & PTAs - Approval #18S7476 (6/19/18 to 6/19/19)

Florida & Indiana PTs & PTAs – PT boards in your state accept this course based on pre-approval by the Ohio PT Association.

New Jersey PTs & PTAs - Approval #1808-119 ( 2/1/18 - 1/31/20)

Course Objectives

  • Discuss the history, incidence, etiology, and risk factors for posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
  • Identify diagnostic criteria across all age groups for PTSD.
  • Discuss screening and assessment for PTSD.
  • Identify the major clinical signs and symptoms of PTSD, including differential diagnosis related to PTSD.
  • Discuss special considerations for specific population groups when assessing and diagnosing PTSD.
  • Describe therapeutic approaches for treating and managing PTSD.

Michelle Pardee, DNP, FNP-BC, is a family nurse practitioner (FNP) and clinical assistant professor at the University of Michigan School of Nursing. Dr. Pardee is the program lead for the FNP program and coordinator of academic programs in the Department of Health Behavior & Biological Sciences. She received her doctor of nursing practice degree from Wayne State University, where her doctoral project was a policy analysis of Michigan’s maternal-infant health program. Dr. Pardee has more than 20 years of clinical experience as an FNP in adolescent health, providing care to underserved and at-risk youth, including runaway and homeless persons. In addition to her academic position, she currently pro­vides health care at a grant-funded, school-linked health center. Dr. Pardee is a member of the Complex ACEs, Complex Aid (CASCAID) Nursing Study Group at the University of Michigan School of Nursing. Her work includes conducting research on adverse childhood experiences, developing assess­ments and interventions for youth with a high level of adverse childhood experiences, and increasing trauma-informed education across nursing curriculums.

David C. Rozek, PhD, is a clinical psychologist and holds a primary appointment at the University of Utah in the Department of Psychiatry, with a secondary appointment at the National Center for Veterans Studies. Dr. Rozek received his PhD from the University of Notre Dame and completed his residency at the Orlando Veterans Affairs Medical Center. His research and clinical expertise are in understanding and treating stress-related disorders, including posttraumatic stress disorder, depression, and suicide. Dr. Rozek regularly provides training to clinicians and medical professionals on cognitive- and behavioral-based treatments for these disorders and is an active researcher focusing on how to best improve clinical care.

  • Courses must be completed on or before the expiration date noted in the course description above.
  • You must score 75% or higher on the final exam and complete the course evaluation to pass this course and receive a certificate of completion.
  • Through our review processes, Western Schools ensures that the course content is presented in a balanced, unbiased manner and is free from commercial influence. It is Western Schools’ policy not to accept commercial support.
  • All persons involved in the planning and development of this course have disclosed no relevant financial relationships or other conflicts of interest related to the course content.
  • There are no prerequisites for this course.