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Continuing Education

The Neurobiology of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

Date: 9:00am - 4:00pm PDT September 15 Location: South Chapel, Lewis & Clark Graduate School

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South Chapel, Lewis & Clark Graduate School

This workshop will examine the biological underpinnings of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) from neuroanatomy to neurocircuitry. The impact of PTSD on basic functions such as memory, autonomic reactivity, and sleep will be discussed along with recent trends in pharmalogical interventions.

Participants will learn how to translate complex science into meaningful psychoeducation to assist traumatized clients in developing effective coping strategies.     

Learning Objectives
  • Understand the neurobiology of PTSD including the impact on brain regions and HPA Axis functioning
  • Identify and understand the biological mechanisms of pharmacological treatments for PTSD symptoms
  • Learn to provide psychoeducation to clients regarding the biological basis and physiological impact of PTSD
  • Understand how to communicate with medical providers concerning treatment options and medication management to improve coordination of services

Past participants have said:
“This workshop offered clearly presented material that was easy to understand. Practical ways to use it in our practice, and useful ways to educated clients about what they are experiencing”

Course Details & Registration

Date and Time: Friday, September 15, 2017, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

Instructor: Suzanne Best, PhD

Cost: $125 by 8/24, $150 after, includes 6 CEUs. $50 student rate. Lewis & Clark alumni save 20%.

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About the Instructor

Suzanne Best is a Clinical Psychologist specializing in PTSD and trauma-related conditions. After a decade with the UCSF/San Francisco VA PTSD Research Program, Dr. Best relocated to Portland, OR where she has continued to research, write, and teach on the impact of trauma and to evaluate and treat adult trauma survivors. She is the coauthor of Courage After Fire, a self-help book for veterans and their families.