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STRONG STAR Training Initiative


The STRONG STAR Training Initiative conducts Learning Communities with mental health providers through intensive training in evidence based treatments for PTSD, including Cognitive Processing Therapy and Prolonged Exposure

Each Learning Community will consist of:

1.     Pre-Workshop Reading and Webinars

2.     2-Day In-Person Workshop in Cognitive Processing Therapy or Prolonged Exposure

3.     6 Months of weekly phone case consultation

4.     Monthly Webinar on advanced practice topics

5.     Organizational Consultation

Providers who complete the Learning Community will receive 30 Continuing Education Credits including 3 Hours of Ethics and 3 Hours of Diversity Credits.

Providers who complete the Learning Community and submit 2 completed cases for review will be eligible to be recognized as STRONG STAR Network Partners.

Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT) is a cognitive behavioral treatment for PTSD ranging between 8-15 sessions, and can be conducted in individual or group treatment formats. CPT has been chosen by the state of Texas as a first-line treatment for PTSD given the substantial evidence for its effectiveness in treating PTSD. CPT has been shown to be effective with multiple types of trauma, including combat trauma and sexual trauma and in a variety of treatment settings, including VA and community clinics (Monson, Schnurr, Resick, Friedman, Young-Xu, & Stevens, 2006; Resick & Schnicke, 1993; Resick et al., 2016).

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Prolonged Exposure (PE) is a time-limited, individual, cognitive-behavioral therapy for PTSD. Treatment ranges in duration from 8-15 sessions and is conducted in individual sessions. Prolonged Exposure (PE) therapy has been proven to be one of the most effective treatments for PTSD, with the largest empirical data obtained over the past 20 years. Its efficacy has been demonstrated with multiple populations, including survivors of female sexual assault, physical assault, and childhood sexual abuse, and in various treatment settings such as academic institutions, community mental health centers, and VA clinics (Foa et al., 1999, 2005; Resick, Nishith, Weaver, Astin, & Feuer, 2002; Rothbaum, Astin, & Marsteller, 2005; Schnurr et al., 2007). 

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