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Prolonged Exposure Therapy
Course # - CPSY x208
Loyola Hall Room 160
Credit Hours: 6
· Describe how avoidance maintains PTSD symptoms
· Describe how maladaptive beliefs maintain PTSD symptoms
· Enumerate the three techniques employed in the PE protocol
· Describe two features of the therapeutic stance used in PE
This class is an introduction to Prolonged Exposure, an evidence-based treatment for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. The class will cover the research on the treatment, rationale of the treatment and its components, the structure of the treatment, and the content of the various sessions, and the techniques employed in the protocol. Time will be devoted to the describing the therapeutic stance used in PE and the challenges it places on the therapist. The course will include experiential exercises, breakout groups, and role plays.
Dr. Gia Maramba is a Clinical Psychologist currently practicing at the VA Palo Alto Health Care Systems. She is involved in national training initiatives of staff in treatments for Depression and Post Traumatic Stress Discorder (PTSD), and is responsible for enhancing evidence-based treatment options for veterans. Her other interests are in process and outcome psychotherapy research, and in the intersection of culture and the psychotherapy. She received her Bachelor's degree in Pscyhology from the University of the Phyllisippines, Master's degree in Psychology from Kent State University, and Doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology from Pennsylvania State University. She completed her internship and postdoctoral work at the VA Palo Alto Health Care System.