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Continuing Education

The Neurobiology of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

Date: 9:00am - 4:00pm PDT September 15, 2017 Location: South Chapel, Lewis & Clark Graduate School

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South Chapel, Lewis & Clark Graduate School

This interdisciplinary workshop will provide scientific information in clear and understandable terms that can be utilized to support clients in both mental health and legal professional arenas. 

Participants will examine the biological underpinnings of posttraumatic 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 pharmacological interventions.

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

Case examples will be taken from both clinical and forensic settings. A separate resource list will be provided to attorneys with readings and recommendations specific to the legal profession.    

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 educate 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 (Graduate & Law School) save 20%. Application for 6 CLE credit hours is pending 

Student rate registration is currently full. Please email to be placed on a waiting list, and we will contact you if additional space is added.

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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 in both clinical and forensic settings. She is the coauthor of Courage After Fire, a self-help book for veterans and their families and recently authored a chapter in the OCDLA e-book, Still at War