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Couples-Based PTSD Treatment: An Overview of Cognitive Behavioral Conjoint Therapy for PTSD

Couples-Based PTSD Treatment: An Overview of Cognitive Behavioral Conjoint Therapy for PTSD


Location: The 2100 Building
2100 24th Avenue South
Seattle, WA 98144

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From: December 5, 2018 at 9:00am to: 4:00pm

Trainer(s): Catherine Caska Wallace, Ph.D.

Details: A wealth of research has documented the interpersonal effects of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), where Veterans with PTSD and their loved ones interact to have an effect on one another’s emotional and relationship health. Most prior evidence-based treatments for PTSD have been individual therapies, which may have less direct impact on the Veteran’s romantic relationship and home environment. Cognitive Behavioral Conjoint Therapy (CBCT) for PTSD is an evidence-based psychotherapy that addresses the interpersonal nature of PTSD. CBCT for PTSD uses cognitive-behavioral principles to reduce PTSD symptoms, improve relationship satisfaction, and reduce distress in partners. This training will provide an introduction to this innovative treatment, beginning with background on the rationale for couples-based PTSD treatment, providing an overview of the therapy, and discussing the considerations of utilizing this therapy with Veterans and their loved ones. Case examples and group exercises will be used to illustrate the use of this therapy. Participants will leave the training with a better understanding of the interpersonal effects of PTSD and the manner in which relationships can be strengthened and used to improve PTSD symptoms.

Objectives: 1. Participants will learn how to conceptualize PTSD from an interpersonal framework and how to assess for the interactive effects of PTSD and relationship functioning 2. Participants will be able to describe the primary components of CBCT for PTSD 3. Participants will demonstrate an understanding of how CBCT for PTSD can be used with Veteran populations.

Cost: None

Parking: Ample on-street parking is available at or near the 2100 Building

Lunch Options:

  • Fare Start @ 2100 Café – near the entrance to the 2100 Building
  • Borracchini’s Bakery – 2307 Rainier Ave South, Seattle 98144
  • Burger King – 2021 Rainier Ave South, Seattle 98144
  • McDonald’s – 2336 25th Ave South, Seattle 98144
  • Wendy’s – 2543 Rainier Ave South, Seattle 98144
  • QFC – 2711 Rainier Ave South, Seattle 98144
  • Toshio’s Teriyaki – 1706 Rainier Ave S., Seattle 98144

Free CEs & Clock Hours: Workshop certificate documents hours of instruction toward Continuing Education. Clock-hour forms are available free upon completion of the workshop.
The Veterans Training Support Center is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. VTSC maintains responsibility for this program and its content.