Post-Traumatic Stress
and Related Disorders
Continuing Education Conference

March 25-26, 2022


McLean Hospital is dedicated to providing robust continuing education opportunities by offering this intensive, 2-day course on PTSD, bringing together some of the foremost authorities in the field. Our goal is to provide clinicians with cutting-edge research and treatments in order to enable them to serve their patients more effectively.

At successful completion of this virtual conference, participants will be able to:

  • Evaluate developments in psychopharmacology of PTSD and their impact on patient care
  • Develop strategies to care for patients suffering from PTSD and other trauma-related disorders, including their coexisting symptoms of depression, sleep difficulties, and substance misuse
  • Assess PTSD and trauma-related disorders in civilians, first responders, and veterans
  • Diagnose and treat PTSD and its coexisting symptoms.
  • Diagnose common problems in traumatized civilian and veteran populations
  • Describe patterns of trauma responses around the globe and different manifestations of trauma-related sequelae
  • Define the role of the mental health practitioner in violence prevention
  • Discuss the opportunities and challenges of integrating medical and psychiatric care in the face of trauma
  • Develop strategies to treat trauma patients from a multicultural perspective


Fairmont Copley Plaza
Boston, MA




  • Psychiatrists, Psychologists
  • Nurses, Nurse Practitioners
  • Social Workers
  • Licensed Mental Health Counselors

About PTSD

50-70% of adults in the United States have experienced at least one traumatic event in their lifetime. Up to 15% of them will go on to develop post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). In a 12-month period, about 3.6% of the US population has PTSD. Rates are higher in women and military veterans.

PTSD often goes unrecognized, with only about half of those struggling getting treatment for it, and even when they do get treatment, only 42% are getting minimally adequate treatment. Related disorders, including depression, anxiety, insomnia, and substance misuse, add to the confusion in recognizing this disorder and providing effective treatment.

The costs of untreated illness are high. People struggling with PTSD use medical and mental health services at much higher rates, even though their PTSD is often unrecognized, and the costs of decreased productivity, missed work, and disability add to the economic burden of this illness.

Physicians and Doctoral-Level Professionals


Other Professionals and Trainees


Sign Up Now for the Virtual Conference

August 28-29


All times listed are Eastern time zone

  • Friday


    August 28, 2020

  • Saturday


    August 29, 2020


Physicians and Doctoral-Level Professionals



Other Professionals and Trainees



Sign Up Now for the Virtual Conference

August 28-29


Prolonged Exposure Therapy for PTSD Workshop

Wednesday, March 25-Thursday, March 26
Sheila Rauch, PhD, ABPP, and Peter W. Tuerk, PhD

This pre-conference workshop aims to provide didactic training in how to provide prolonged exposure (PE) therapy to patients with PTSD from various trauma histories. Prolonged exposure is an evidence-based psychotherapy for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), supported as a first-line intervention across PTSD treatment guidelines. Our goal is to provide the didactic portion of training in prolonged exposure therapy for licensed independent providers of psychotherapy. Proper training will allow for effective implementation, ultimately improving patient outcomes.

This training focuses on the theoretical and empirical basis for PE, detailed instructions on delivering the specific protocol components, role playing, videos, vignettes, and in-depth Q&A.

Participants will also receive instruction in the integration of basic therapy skills with protocol therapies, and the integration of technology and clinical care. Training will include the basics of how to do PE as well as additional information on how to tailor treatment to individual patient presentations. Focusing on treatment of PTSD while maintaining manual fidelity will be emphasized. Special attention will be devoted to implementing PE for PTSD when it presents along with other serious mental illnesses.


The target audience includes mental health professionals who are licensed independent providers of psychotherapy, including physicians, psychiatrists, psychologists, counselors, and social workers.

Learning Objectives

At successful completion of the training, participants will be able to:

  • Conduct PE with fidelity
  • Appropriately screen candidates for the treatment
  • Conduct ongoing psychometrically valid evaluation to guide treatment
  • Titrate emotional engagement during imaginal exposures to therapeutic levels
  • Facilitate the construction of an effective in vivo exposure hierarchy
  • Effectively assign and review patient homework assignments
  • Assist patients to process trauma and decrease PTSD symptoms

Attendees who complete this training are encouraged to obtain case consultation as they implement PE in practice.


PTSD Workshop

Join us March 23-24, 2022

To accompany the Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Continuing Education Conference, we are pleased to offer an intensive 2-day workshop.

Check back soon to find out more about the topic of our 2022 workshop.

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Accreditations and Approvals


Harvard Medical School is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The Harvard Medical School designates this live activity for a maximum of 14 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.


McLean Hospital is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. McLean Hospital maintains responsibility for this program and its content. Participants meeting requirements will receive 14 CE credits.


This program meets the requirements of the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Nursing (244 CMR 5.00) for 14 contact hours of nursing continuing education credit.

Social Workers

This program has been approved for 14 social work continuing education hours for Massachusetts relicensure, in accordance with 258 CMR. Collaborative of NASW and the Boston College and Simmons College Schools of Social Work. Authorization number D81269-1.

NBCC-ACEP-clear-webLicensed Mental Health Counselors

McLean Hospital has been approved by the National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC) as an Approved Continuing Education Provider (ACEPTM No. 6085). Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. McLean Hospital is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs. This offering meets requirements for up to 14 NBCC hours.

International Clinicians

The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada recognizes conferences and workshops held outside of Canada that are developed by a university, academy, hospital, specialty society, or college as accredited group learning activities.

Through an agreement between the American Medical Association and the European Union of Medical Specialists, physicians may convert AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ to an equivalent number of European CME Credits® (ECMECs®). Information on the process of converting AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ to ECMECs® can be found on their website.

ABMS/ACGME Competencies

This course is designed to meet the following American Board of Medical Specialties/Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education competencies: patient care and procedural skills, medical knowledge, and interpersonal and communications skills.

IOM Competencies

This course is designed to meet the following Institute of Medicine (IOM) competencies: provide patient centered-care, work in interdisciplinary teams.

Disclosure Policy

Harvard Medical School adheres to all ACCME Accreditation Criteria and Policies. It is HMS’s policy that those who have influenced the content of a CME activity (e.g., planners, faculty, authors, reviewers, and others) disclose all relevant financial relationships with commercial entities so that HMS may identify and resolve any conflicts of interest prior to the activity. These disclosures will be provided in the activity materials along with disclosure of any commercial support received for the activity. Additionally, faculty members have been instructed to disclose any limitations of data and unlabeled or investigational uses of products during their presentations.

Tuition Payment, Confirmation, and Refund Policy

Conference and workshop fees include all lectures, printed materials, and continental breakfast. Plus a non-refundable processing fee of $10. All fees shown in USD.

Payment via credit card (Visa, Mastercard, or American Express) can be made online. If paying by check, please make it payable to Harvard Medical School. Learners who choose to pay by check will be prompted to download an online form to send in with payment. Telephone or fax registrations are not accepted. Registration with cash payment is not permitted.

Upon receipt of your paid registration, an email confirmation from the Harvard Medical School Department of Continuing Education office will be sent to you. Be sure to include an email address that you check frequently. Your email address is used for critical information, including registration confirmation, evaluation, and certificate.

Refunds, less an administrative fee of $75, will be issued for all cancellations received at least two weeks prior to the start of the course. Refund requests must be received by email. No refund will be issued should cancellation occur less than two weeks prior. No-shows are subject to the full course fee, and no refunds will be issued once the conference has started.

Questions? Call 617.384.8600, Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm, or email

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