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Winter 2023 PE Learning Community

Winter 2023 Prolonged Exposure Learning Community

Dates: Thursday, January 26 and Friday, January 27, 2023
Times: 9:00am CST to 5:00pm CST
Location: Zoom
Trainers: Brooke Fina, LCSW, BCD
Eligibility: Community-Based Veteran Serving Mental Health Clinicians

Prolonged Exposure Therapy (PE) for PTSD is one of the most effective treatments for PTSD, with the largest empirical data over the past few decades. There are four main treatment components in PE: 1) Repeated in vivo exposure to situations the client is avoiding because of trauma-related fear; 2) Prolonged (repeated) revisiting of the trauma memories followed by processing where the therapist and client discuss the traumatic experience and consider and related unhelpful, erroneous thoughts; 3) Education about common reactions to trauma; and 4) Breathing retraining, i.e., teaching the client how to breath in a calm way.

Learning Community Components

  1. Clinician Application
  2. Pre-Workshop Learning Assignments
  3. Live Workshop on Foundational Elements of PE via Zoom
  4. 6 Months of weekly Post-Workshop Group Clinical Consultation via Zoom
  5. 1 year access to Provider Portal which hosts Advanced Training Webinars, therapy demonstration videos, and implementation resources.
  6. Organizational Consultation and Support
  7. Continuing Education Credits
  8. Quality Improvement and Outcome Monitoring
Thanks to the generosity of our sponsors, eligible providers will have a reduced cost of $350 per clinician.

Cancellation, Substitutions, and Refunds

Registration fees, minus a $50 service charge, will be refunded to participants who send a written cancellation via email to postmarked no less than 15 days before the training. No refunds will be made thereafter. A colleague may be substituted for no extra charge if STRONG STAR Training Initiative is notified at least two business days before the training. Alternative, you may choose to reschedule to a future Learning Community with no additional cost.

Continuing Education

The STRONG STAR Training Initiative offers attendees 13 Continuing Education (CE) Credits for participating in the 2-day training. Participants who attend are eligible to receive 13 CE Credits. To obtain CE Credits, attendees must sign in at the start of the course and sign out after its conclusion. Inquiries regarding CE may be directed via email to

Our continuing education credits have historically been recognized by most professional state licensing boards. However, this is not guaranteed. Please check with your licensing board for verification.

This program is Approved by the National Association of Social Workers (Approval # 886886336-3982) for 13 continuing education contact hours.

The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio is approved by the American Psychological Association (APA) to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

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Prior to applying for this Learning Community, you must complete the webinar on PTSD Clinical Assessment and Ethical Engagement. You will be asked to upload your CE Certificate as a part of the application.

You may complete this webinar on-demand or attend a live webinar.

Visit our Webinar Page here to find the on-demand recording and live webinar schedule.

PE Manual

Purchase of the PE manual is a necessary supplement to the training. The PE manual is available online via, Oxford University Press, or other book stores: Prolonged Exposure Therapy for PTSD: Emotional Processing of Traumatic Experiences – Therapist Guide (Treatments That Work) 2nd Edition

Authors: Edna Foa, Elizabeth Hembree, Barbara Rothbaum, and Sheila Rauch

ISBN-13: 978-0190926939

ISBN-10: 0190926937

Pre-Workshop Assignments

After you are accepted to the Learning Community, you will be asked to complete the following assignments before the workshop:

  1. Read Chapters 1-7
  2. Webinar on PE Research on the Provider Portal
  3. Complete Training on Military Culture
     Psycharmor has excellent trainings in various aspects of military culture. We encourage you to take several courses to increase your competency. Most trainings are between 10-60 minutes. 

Prolonged Exposure for PTSD 2-Day Workshop


Please note Agenda time is based on Central Standard Time Zone

Day 1
9:00 am – 9:45 am

Prolonged Exposure Therapy for PTSD

  • Theoretical Account of PTSD: Emotional Processing Theory
9:45 am – 10:30 am

Preparation for PE

  • Assessment of PTSD and trauma-related symptoms prior and during treatment
  • Safety, Acceptability, Comorbidity
10:30 10:45 am Break

10:45 – 11:15 am


11:15 am – 12:00 pm

  • Enhancing Motivation
  • Overview of PE Session Structure

Session 1: Overall Rationale

  • Video Example
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm Lunch
1:00 pm – 1:30 pm Breakout session: Role Plays of the Overall Rational
1:30 pm – 1:45 pm Session 1: Trauma Interview and Breathing Retraining
1:45 pm – 3:00 pm

Session 2: Common Reactions/In Vivo Exposure

  • Video Example
3:00 pm – 3:15 pm Break
3:15 pm – 4:00 pm Breakout session: Role Plays of In Vivo Rational & Building In VivoHierarchy
4:00 pm – 5:00 pm Session 3: Imaginal Exposure Rationale and Implementation

Please note Agenda time is based on Central Standard Time Zone

Day 2
9:00 am – 10:00 am Session 3: Video Example
10:00 am – 10:45 am Processing
10:45 am – 11:00 am Break

11:00 am – 11:45 am

11:45 am – 12:00 pm

Breakout Session: Session 3 Role Plays of Imaginal Exposure

Sessions: 4 – 5

12:00 pm – 12:30 pm

Sessions: 6 – 9: Hot Spots/

  • Video Example
12:30 pm – 1:30 pm Lunch
1:30 am – 2:00 pm

Session 10: Final Session

  • Video Example
2:00 pm – 3:00 pm


  • Video Example
3:00 pm – 3:15 pm Break

3:15 pm – 3:45 pm



3:45 pm – 4:15 pm

Under engagement in PE

  • Video Example

Over engagement in PE

  • Video Example
4:15 pm – 4:30 pm Therapist Self Care
4:30 pm – 4:45 pm Maintaining Focus on PTSD, Homework Compliance
4:45 pm – 5:00 pm Q&A, complete evaluations
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