This four-day workshop will provide intensive, interactive instruction in the use of Prolonged Exposure Therapy (PE) for survivors of trauma, covering the basics of all components of PE and how to modify PE procedures in order to tailor the treatment to the client’s response to exposure. Maintaining focus on treatment of PTSD while maintaining flexibility in following the manual will be emphasized. Lecture, discussion, videotaped therapy sessions, and participant role plays with feedback from Certified PE Trainer and Consultant, Brad DeLong, LPCC, LADC, are used to accomplish the goals of the workshop.

This training is appropriate for the following professionals: 

  • Licensed mental health professionals in direct practice
  • Pre-licensed mental health practitioners under supervision towards licensure
  • All participants should have prior experience treating survivors of trauma given the advanced nature of this workshop and limited enrollment. 

Additional Workshop Requirements: 

  • You must have utilities, internet service, phone service, and an appropriately private location at your home or office in order to ensure HIPAA compliance.
  • The private location should be free of noise and distractions. (If you are the parent of young children, appropriate child care arrangements must be in place.)
  • You must agree to attend each hour of the video conference and agree to use video of yourself during the video conference in order to track attendance.
  • You must purchase the paperback version of the PE Therapist Guide and Patient Workbook (available in many places):

Prolonged Exposure Therapy for PTSD: Emotional Processing of Traumatic Experiences - Therapist Guide (Treatments That Work) 2nd Edition, 2019

Reclaiming Your Life from a Traumatic Experience: A Prolonged Exposure Treatment Program - Workbook (Treatments That Work) 2nd Edition, 2019

  • You must agree not to copy or distribute workshop materials provided to you in the course of the workshop.
  • Since authentic patient videos are utilized during the training, you must agree to abide by all applicable rules of confidentiality and HIPAA compliance, including but not limited to no audio or video-recording of the workshop in any form.
  • You will be asked to affirm the previous conditions and your agreement to them prior to the commencement of the workshop.


At the end of this workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Describe the diagnosis and psychopathology of PTSD
  • Discuss emotional processing theory as it relates to Prolonged Exposure Therapy for PTSD
  • Discuss empirically-supported, psychotherapeutic treatments for chronic PTSD and the comparative efficacy of these treatment approaches
  • Explain how clients can be helped to emotionally engage in and process traumatic memories, with the aim of reducing trauma-related symptoms and difficulties
  • Implement psychoeducational treatment components of Prolonged Exposure Therapy for PTSD
  • Construct an in-vivo exposure hierarchy that includes a range of situations that safely and effectively promote learning while expanding the client’s world
  • Implement in-vivo exposure to safe but avoided trauma reminders with patients
  • Help patients choose an appropriate index trauma to focus on in Prolonged Exposure Therapy for PTSD
  • Conduct imaginal exposure to memories of traumatic events
  • Choose hot spots with patients and implement hot spots procedures
  • Identify and address avoidance in PE sessions
  • Identify and address over- and under-engagement in imaginal exposure

Key Benefits

Center for Practice Transformation – University of Minnesota has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 7404. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. Center for Practice Transformation – University of Minnesota is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.

This workshop is certified by the Center for the Study and Treatment of Anxiety (CTSA) at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. Those who fully complete this workshop will receive a certificate of completion from CTSA, be registered there as PE trained, and become eligible to complete Certification in Prolonged Exposure.

This workshop is pre-approved by the Minnesota Board of Social Work (CEP #204).

For participants needing clinical clock hours (CCH), this workshop meets the following requirements, as defined by the Board of Social Work: 

  • Differential diagnoses and biopsychosocial assessment, including normative development and psychopathology: 2 CCH
  • Clinical intervention methods informed by research and current standards of practice: 22 CCH

Completion of this workshop is a prerequisite for Certification in Prolonged Exposure.

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Intensive Workshop In Prolonged Exposure Therapy For Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
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8:30AM to 4:30PM
Jun 04, 2024 to Jun 07, 2024
Online (US Central Time)
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Registration for this offering will close May 30, 2024 at 11:59PM. 

Please contact the Center for Practice Transformation at transform@umn.edu for information about this workshop or with questions about registration.

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