Introduction to Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
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This course is recognized for the purposes of continuing education in psychotherapy by the L’Ordre de Psychologues du Quebec (OPQ).
Recognition No: RA00756-14 (7 hours)
Description of training
This training allows participants to gain fundamental knowledge about post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Participants – professionals or students – will learn how to recognize the 17 symptoms associated with PTSD and assess their frequency and intensity. This training also allows participants to familiarize themselves with essential concepts related to psychological trauma and develop the capacity to assess an individual's level of distress and peritraumatic dissociation.
By the end of training, professionals will be able to offer additional support to victims of traumatic experiences, with the capacity to assess:
- PTSD (in a clinical context and in a triage situation following a wide-scale traumatic event such as a terrorist attack),
- Peritraumatic stress,
- Peritraumatic dissociation.
Training related to psychological trauma uses the APA (American Psychiatric Association)'s DSM-IV-TR (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual) diagnostic criteria to define the symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder.
As a clinical psychologist and associate professor for McGill University’s Department of Psychiatry, Dr. Alain Brunet has been investigating the impact of trauma exposure for more than fifteen years, with a special focus on characterizing risk factors and developing effective treatments for PTSD, such as early intervention or reconsolidation blockade. The latter was highlighted by Québec Science magazine as one of the top 10 discoveries of the year in 2008 in Quebec.
In 2001, Alain Brunet developed the Peritraumatic Distress Inventory or PDI – the first instrument to assess the extent to which an individual experiences distress at the time of the traumatic event and in the minutes and hours that follow. Translated into 11 languages, the PDI is currently being utilized by more than 30 research teams around the world.
Alain Brunet is editor in chief of the International Journal of Victimology and the assistant editor of the Journal of Traumatic Stress. In 2008, he founded a website info-trauma.org aimed at disseminating knowledge and resources to victims and professionals in the field of post-traumatic stress disorders.
This course was developed jointly with Christophe Herbert, a clinical psychologist in France and coordinator of specialized research into trauma and the Internet and mental health at the Douglas Mental Health University Institute. Christophe Herbert is also the executive editor for the International Journal of Victimology (www.jidv.com) and the coordinator of the info-trauma.org website.
At the end of this course, you will be able to:
- Broadly define basic concepts related to trauma
- Recognize and assess symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder, peritraumatic distress and peritraumatic dissociation
- Assess for symptoms of psychological distress following a wide-scale traumatic event (eg.: terrorist attack) by having the capacity to effectively execute a psychological triage
- Advise a person who has experienced a traumatic event or those close to them (eg.: parents or spouses)
- Use the following scientifically-validated tests: Semi-structured clinical interview (Montreal Clinician Administered PTSD Scale; M-CAPS), the Impact of Event Scale-Revised (IES-R), the Peritraumatic Dissociative Experience Questionnaire (PDEQ) and the Peritraumatic Distress Inventory (PDI).
This training is available exclusively online and utilizes an autonomous format. Participants must demonstrate independence and be comfortable with the online training format. The Introduction to Post-traumatic Stress Disorder training is currently available in English and French.
Frequently Asked Questions
This training targets mostly health professionals such as clinical psychologists, psychiatrists, physicians, nurses, psychosocial intervention specialists, psychotherapists and other mental health professionals and students.
There are no prerequisites for this training.
It will take approximately seven hours to complete the training. However, the training is made up of activities that should take no more than 90 minutes each to complete, and each activity can be completed independently. Once you begin an activity, make sure you have enough time to complete it; otherwise, you may have to repeat the activity. The learning material is available at all times.
You have 30 days from the date of enrolment to complete the training.
Enrolment involves three steps:
- Checking to make sure your computer is compatible
Once you have completed the first three steps, you will receive via email the information you need to connect to the learning interface. Information on the enrolment process and connecting to the training site is detailed in the iTrauma Quick Start Guide.
Once you start the training by connecting to the learning system, the enrolment fees can no longer be reimbursed.
No. All documents related to this training are available online from the learning interface or at the www.info-trauma.org web site.
This training consists of two evaluation modules, an interactive interview with a virtual patient and a multiple choice exam. You have up to three attempts to complete each evaluation.
If 60% or more of your answers in the two evaluation modules are correct, you can download and print an attestation of completion from McGill University’s School of Continuing Studies.
Before you begin the enrolment process, make sure your computer is compatible by following the instructions for the compatibility test. This tool provides the instructions you need to install plug-ins like Flash and Adobe Reader.
As soon as you have completed the enrolment process, support for any technical or administrative questions you may have is available by telephone or email from 8:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. between Monday to Thursday and on Fridays until 5:00 p.m. (in Canada, Eastern Standard Time).
Unless a specific agreement has been reached between your organization and the School of Continuing Studies, the cost to enrol in this training is $149.00 (CAD) plus taxes, payable by credit card (Visa or Master Card). Click the button below to begin the enrolment process.