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Understanding and Treating PTSD: New Research on Brain Changes and Effective Interventions - March 17


  • List the areas of the brain impacted by individuals with PTSD
  • Describe the key elements of exposure therapy to break the cycle of avoidance
  • Identify stuck points that interfere with recovery from PTSD
  • Distinguish when mindfulness techniques are helpful and when they serve to foster avoidance


Upcoming Dates For This Webinar


This webinar runs from 9am to 5pm Pacific Time.


Course Description

Sadly, our world today is filled with violence. Even those who specialize in working with trauma victims can be stunned by the stories they hear of childhood abuse, family violence, sexual assaults, and the atrocities of war. Such events can leave lasting scars for those who experience them, whether or not the residual effects lead to full‐blown clinical disorders like posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

Inevitably, no matter what kind of clinical work one does, all therapists will encounter clients with some history of trauma. Therefore, all competent clinicians should understand PTSD, and at least some level of working knowledge of the principles involved in the treatment of individuals with trauma histories.

Even experienced trauma clinicians using our best evidence-based practices for PTSD, such as Cognitive Processing Therapy and Prolonged Exposure, know that these interventions do not work for everyone. Hence, research is continually seeking tools to enhance current treatments, and to decrease residual symptoms, and it is important to keep abreast of these new developments.

Newer research with promising interventions like Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy teach clients to relate differently to their thoughts, emotions, and body sensation while helping to build a life worth living.

Through lecture, discussion, and case examples, join clinical psychologist Dr. Richard Sears for this 6-hour workshop as he clarifies recent research on PTSD, the principles of exposure, and an overview of the principles and tools of Cognitive Processing Therapy, mindfulness, and ACT to provide you with practical tools and techniques to help your clients recover from trauma.

Pricing: $199 (Early Registration), $219 (Regular Registration)
6.0 Credits


Richard Sears Psy.D., Ph.D., MBA, ABPP

is a board-certified clinical psychologist with a private therapy and consultation practice in Cincinnati, Ohio, USA. He is a professor at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine and Department of Psychology. He is also a psychologist contractor with the Cincinnati VA Medical Center, where he conducted research on MBCT for PTSD with Dr. Kate Chard. Dr. Sears has performed assessments and psychotherapy on a broad variety of individuals in a number of settings, including hospital inpatient units, community mental health centers, veteran’s hospitals, residential treatment centers, private practice, and forensic facilities. He regularly gives workshops on CBT, MBCT, ACT, and mindfulness across the United States and other countries. Dr. Sears is also a private pilot and light sport airplane mechanic, a 6th degree black belt, was given transmission as a Zen master, and once served briefly as a bodyguard for the Dalai Lama. He is author of over a dozen books, including Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy for PTSD and Mindfulness: Living through Challenges and Enriching Your Life in this Moment. His website is,


About This Webinar

The webinar is a live, interactive class. You will view the webinar in real time from your home or office on a computer, tablet (e.g., iPad) or phone. You will be able see the speaker and the slides, and you will have the opportunity to ask questions and respond to polls. You will have access to the handouts, which you can view on your computer or download and print.

You will need to show up on time to receive credit, just like at an in-person class, but you can wear whatever you’d like! The class will run from 9am to 5pm Pacific Time. There will be a morning and afternoon break and a break for lunch. At the end of the class you will need to take a post-test and receive a score of 75% or above to pass. You have up to three attempts to pass the post-test. Most people pass on their first attempt. After two attempts to pass the post-test you will need to contact our office and you will be provided with one more attempt to pass the post-test. The post-test will only be available at the end of the class. Once you pass the post-test, you will complete an evaluation online and then you will receive your Certificate of Attendance online, which you can view and print.

Registration Information

The course fee is determined by the date of payment in relation to the course date:

  • Early Registration: If payment is received 3 weeks prior to the webinar date.
  • Regular Registration: For payments received less than 3 weeks prior to the webinar date.

Cancellation Policy

There is a $35.00 processing fee, per seminar, for refunds requested by the Wednesday prior to the weekend of the webinar. After that time, there will be no refunds. If a course must be cancelled due to an unforeseen event (e.g., natural disaster, instructor illness), the webinar will be rescheduled. Participants will be credited to take the rescheduled course or another PPS webinar. No refunds will be given.

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