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Continuing Education

This section brings together free in-depth Continuing Education resources for the Professional community concerned with trauma.

Troubleshooting Lack of Improvement in PTSD Treatment

  • Date Created: 11/30/2022
  • Time to Complete: 1 hour
  • Credits: ANCC, APA, ASWB, ACCME, NBCC, Other Orgs
  • Skill Level: Intermediate
  • Course Series: PTSD 101, PTSD Consultation Lecture Series

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Troubleshooting Lack of Improvement in PTSD Treatment Author(s):

Abigail Angkaw PhD

Cynthia Yamokoski PhD


Trauma-focused psychotherapy is strongly supported for the treatment of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) within multiple clinical practice guidelines. Even though many patients in evidence-based therapy for PTSD see significant improvement in their symptoms in a few weeks, some patients do not seem to improve during treatment and providers are sometimes unsure how to address this clinically.

This course provides a framework for examining progress in PTSD treatment, hypothesizing potential indicators for lack of improvement, and troubleshooting such cases. Recommendations for how to proceed are offered. Research and literature associated with PTSD treatment planning and progress are reviewed to help clinicians with decision-making.

Goals and Objectives

  • Describe strategies to identify lack of improvement in PTSD treatment
  • Assess reasons and identify actions to address lack of improvement in PTSD treatment
  • Describe research and literature on how to adjust treatment plans to address lack of improvement in PTSD treatment

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Also see: VA Mental Health