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Welcome to the ISTSS Learning Collaborative Page

Registration for the 2010 - 2011 Learning Collaboratives is now open.

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What is a Learning Collaborative?

Ever wonder what you should do with your patients AFTER the pre-meeting institute ends? Interested in using a treatment you learned but not sure how to tailor it to your patient? Do you sometimes feel alone responding to challenging treatment issues? This year, ISTSS will be offering three Learning Collaboratives linked to three PMIs. A Learning Collaborative provides follow-up consultation during group phone conferences as well as access via a course interface to the PMI faculty and colleagues on an ongoing “real-time” fashion.

Each Learning Collaborative involves a total of sixteen conference calls approximately twice per month from January through the end of October, 2011. You must register for the initial PMI in order to participate in the related Learning Collaborative. Note: Individuals who have received prior training from the PMI faculty in these treatment approaches are also eligible to enroll in the Learning Collaborative without enrolling in the initial PMI. Submission of documentation of the prior training will be necessary. Enrollment in a Learning Collaborative requires an additional fee (325) in addition to the PMI registration fee. See future registration forms for fee details.  

Questions? Contact Erika Moy at or 847-480-9080 x 290

Learning Collaborative Opportunities: (click on each title to register online)

Using Cognitive Processing Therapy in a Group Setting  (Kathleen Chard, PhD)  

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With the increased demand for services in many agencies, group modalities can provide a cost -efficient way to deliver evidenced-based treatment to many individuals at the same time. Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT) has been shown to be an effective treatment of PTSD for civilian and veteran males and females with various trauma histories. Although often used as an individual therapy, CPT has been found to be an effective group or combined group and individual therapy modality in two randomized clinical trials. This workshop will provide training in the use of Cognitive Processing Therapy in various group formats, including combinations with individual therapy. The presenter will conduct a brief review of the utility of group CPT, including data supporting its use in treating PTSD and related symptoms. A session by session overview of the 12 session CPT model will be reviewed including a discussion of all practice assignments and worksheets. Videotape will be used to demonstrate techniques and the audience will be asked to practice exercises over the course of the training. The presenter will make note of ways in which the group session structure differs from individual therapy. Issues regarding pre-treatment assessment, readiness for group, dealing with difficult patients, and after care will be discussed. Finally ways that CPT can be adapted to various settings will be offered including the benefits and drawbacks of the group format. The presenter is the author of the Cognitive Processing Therapy for Sexual Abuse manual and she is co-author of the Cognitive Processing Therapy Veteran/Military Basic and Group manuals. She has conducted numerous clinical trials on CPT including studies involving group and combined group and individual treatment protocols. 

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and the Treatment of Trauma: Regaining Self and Values  (Robyn Walser, PhD; Darrah Westrup, PhD) 

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Many individuals who have experienced a trauma or who have been diagnosed with PTSD are struggling with traumatic memories, painful feelings and unwanted thoughts; and avoidance or control of theses private internal experiences is a common goal. Often, however, the avoidance itself can lead to further struggle and difficulty returning to valued activities in life. One therapeutic alternative to emotional or experiential avoidance is acceptance. Acceptance can create a new context from which the trauma survivor may view the world and the self. If efforts to control private experience are relinquished as a means to mental health, then efforts to take healthy action, while still acknowledging emotion and thought without effort to control, can lead to valued and life enhancing behavioral changes. Acceptance and Commitment Therapy is one of the “third wave” behavioral therapies (Hayes, Follette, & Linehan, 2004) along with others such as dialectical behavior therapy (DBT; Linehan, 1993), and mindfulness based cognitive therapy for depression (MBCT; Segal, Williams, & Teasdale, 2001) that specifically focus on acceptance of internal experience as an alternative to avoidance and they use defusion and/or mindfulness processes to achieve this goal. In ACT, the function of the internal experience is changed rather than the experience itself. The therapeutic work done in ACT is specifically designed to foster acceptance in the service of valued and vital living. We will present the basic theory and application of ACT and explore its adaptation to individual and group, inpatient and outpatient settings, and state of the evidence.