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Digital Seminar

2-Day Prolonged Exposure Therapy for PTSD: Move Clients from Fear to Freedom with Safe, Evidence-Based Trauma Treatment

Jessica Northrop, LCSW
11 Hours 46 Minutes
Feb 12, 2024
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No therapist wants to make it worse.

So, you look for treatments that don’t bring up the details of their traumas, because then clients won’t have to think about it right?

But that’s kind of the whole problem…they CAN’T stop thinking about it. And avoiding it only reinforces the idea that the trauma is too overwhelming to confront.

Bringing it up, letting them talk about it, helping them to gain mastery over their story…these tools are EXACTLY what a client needs to finally put the past “behind them.”

Prolonged Exposure gives you these tools.

It’s a well-structured and evidence-based therapy PROVEN to guide clients through a gradual process of confronting and processing their traumatic memories in a safe and controlled environment.

And with studies showing up to 95% of clients lost their PTSD diagnosis at the end of treatment, it’s a must have for any trauma therapists’ toolbox.

Now in this comprehensive training you’ll watch PE expert Jennifer Northup who will show you how to use PE in a way that feels safe, effective and completely within your grasp.

With detailed session-by-session instruction, clinical insights and printable worksheets so you know exactly what to do, Jessica will give you everything you need to:

  • Know exactly when and with who, you should use PE
  • Confidently handle situations where clients become triggered
  • Keep clients coming back…even when it can get worse before it gets better
  • Reintroduce clients to things they may be avoiding
  • Safely approach these stimuli WITHOUT the fear of decompensation
  • Heal clients with the tools they need to tell their trauma story and gain mastery over it
  • And much more!

You’ll end this training ready to put your fears of “making it worse” aside and confidently use a proven approach that’s helped so many “make it so much better.”

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Planning Committee Disclosure - No relevant relationships

All members of the PESI, Inc. planning committee have provided disclosures of financial relationships with ineligible organizations and any relevant non-financial relationships prior to planning content for this activity. None of the committee members had relevant financial relationships with ineligible companies or other potentially biasing relationships to disclose to learners.  For speaker disclosures, please see the faculty biography.


PESI Australia, in collaboration with PESI in the USA, offers quality online continuing professional development events from the leaders in the field at a standard recognized by professional associations including psychology, social work, occupational therapy, alcohol and drug professionals, counselling and psychotherapy. On completion of the training, a Professional Development Certificate is issued after the individual has answered and submitted a quiz and course evaluation. This program is worth 12 hours CPD for points calculation by your association.



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Jessica A. Northrop, LCSW, is a highly sought-after licensed psychotherapist and consultant who has worked extensively treating PTSD, mood disorders, personality disorders, and substance use disorders for almost 20 years. The owner and founder of The Northrop Connection, LLC, in Dallas, GA, she focuses her work on Prolonged Exposure and offers a multitude of services, including skills groups, individual sessions, business consulting, clinical supervision, and training. Her expertise lies in helping clients understand their own power. She will not treat her clients as if they are fragile. She will empower them to own their stories and to let go of beliefs and behaviors that do not serve them. In addition to providing individual therapy and group therapy, she focuses on the administration of her group practice and consulting with other mental health practitioners to expand their knowledge base.


Speaker Disclosures:
Financial: Jessica Northrop maintains a private practice. She receives a speaking honorarium and recording royalties from PESI, Inc. She has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.
Non-financial: Jessica Northrop has no relevant non-financial relationships.

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  1. Utilize assessment measures to diagnose PTSD.
  2. Identify the nature of avoidance in PTSD. 
  3. Evaluate the effectiveness of Prolonged Exposure in reducing avoidance symptoms and distorted beliefs about self.  
  4. Compare and contrast other evidenced-based interventions for PTSD.  
  5. Identify contraindications for the use of Prolonged Exposure (PE) therapy.  
  6. Utilize motivational interviewing techniques to promote treatment adherence.
  7. Evaluate in vivo exposure as a means of approaching previously feared/avoided situations.   
  8. Utilize a SUDS hierarchy to determine when to begin an in vivo exposure.  
  9. Identify the risks and benefits of using in vivo exposure.  
  10. Utilize imaginal exposure to reduce the intensity and frequency of PTSD symptoms in clients.  
  11. Determine when to use brief imaginal exposure and processing for PTSD.  
  12. Determine strategies for use of PE with co-occurring substance use disorders and PTSD.


Prolonged Exposure Treatment: Origin and Efficaciousness

  • How the Treatment Directly Corresponds to the Diagnosis
  • Comparing Other Evidenced-based Practices to PE
  • Clinical Indications FOR and AGAINST Use of this Treatment
  • Research, Risks and Limitations

PTSD Diagnosis and How to Get Started with PE Treatment (Sessions One and Two of Treatment)

  • Mastering Accurate Diagnosis Techniques
  • Recognizing the Adaptive Nature of Diagnosis (Supplementary Handout)
  • Effectively Communicating Diagnosis to Clients
  • Ongoing Utilization of Self-Report Measures to Titrate Treatment

In Vivo Exposures: Safely Guiding Clients from Avoidance to Gradual Desensitization (Session 3 of Treatment)

  • Exploring the SUDS Hierarchy (Handout Provided)
  • Risks and Benefits of In Vivo Exposures
  • Guiding Clients to Choose Safe (But Challenging) Exposures
  • Assigning In Vivo Exposures
  • Recording In Vivo Homework (Handout Provided)
  • Processing In Vivo Exposures with your Clients
  • Use of the PE App
  • Video of Demonstration

Imaginal Exposure Techniques: Empowering Clients to Confront and Process Distressing Experiences (Sessions 4-6 of Treatment)

  • The Significance of Imaginal Exposure
  • Navigating Imaginal Exposure Sessions
  • Coping with Personal Discomfort in Imaginal Exposure
  • Supporting the Client Through Imaginal Exposure Challenges
  • Facilitating Experience Processing without Over-Direction
  • Included: Demonstration Video for Clarity
  • Understanding and Addressing “Hot Spots” in Later Sessions (7+ in Therapy)

Other Key Clinical Considerations

  • What if my Client isn’t Appropriate for PE?
  • Addressing Crises of the Week (COWS) Effectively
  • Strategies to Reduce Treatment Discontinuation
  • Handling Clients with Present Suicidal Ideation
  • Managing Clients with Active Substance Use Disorders
  • Where to Seek Additional Support?

Target Audience

  • Counsellors
  • Social Workers
  • Psychologists
  • Art Therapists
  • Marriage and Family Therapists
  • Addiction Counsellors
  • Nurses
  • Other Mental Health Professionals

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