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Written Exposure Therapy (WET) for PTSD: A Brief Evidence-Based Treatment for Reduced Dropouts and Improved Outcomes in Fewer Sessions

5 sessions or less. That might be all you have to make a difference in the lives of many clients.

Between the anguish of verbalizing the details of their traumas, and lengthy treatments that can take months or years to conclude, nearly a third drop out of therapy prematurely. You need a more rapid and tolerable treatment option!

Written Exposure Therapy (WET) is an evidence-based brief PTSD treatment approach that produces clinically significant reductions in PTSD symptoms in as few as five treatment sessions by having clients write about the trauma. It’s efficient, effective, associated with low treatment dropout rates, and has been found to be equally effective as more time intensive therapies – all without requiring clients to verbalize the details of their traumas again and again.

This one-day seminar is led by Dr. Denise Sloan and Dr. Brian Marx, developers of the Written Exposure Therapy protocol and authors of Written Exposure Therapy for PTSD: A Brief Treatment Approach for Mental Health Professionals published by the American Psychological Association.

Watch them as in just one day, they provide you with the training and tools you need to start using WET in your practice immediately! Purchase now and get:

  • Detailed clinical guidance for conducting each session
  • User friendly scripts you can follow to ensure proper implementation
  • How to deliver the treatment via telehealth
  • Strategies for dealing with psychiatric co-morbidity
  • Examples of trauma narratives and how to provide feedback
  • Solutions for clients who don’t follow directions and other treatment challenges

Don’t miss this chance to put your PTSD treatment on the fast track!

Program Information


  1. Investigate the clinical implications of barriers to employing first-line PTSD treatment approaches.
  2. Assess clients to identify traumatic events and current PTSD symptom severity.
  3. Assess clients for the appropriateness of using written exposure therapy for PTSD treatment.
  4. Evaluate the research, efficacy data and research limitations for written exposure therapy.
  5. Analyze how WET compares to other evidence-based practices for PTSD treatment.
  6. Determine when modifications to the scripted approach of WET are needed.


Written Exposure Therapy:
Development and Empirical Support

  • Necessary and sufficient components for PTSD treatment
  • How WET was developed
  • Examination of the treatment dose needed for successful PTSD treatment outcome
  • Research - efficacy and effectiveness data supporting WET
  • Research limitations
  • Who are good candidates for WET and who are not
PTSD Assessment
  • Review of PTSD diagnostic criteria, including definition of trauma event
  • Description of prevalence of PTSD
  • Deciding on measures to assess for PTSD
  • Monitor symptom severity during course of treatment
The Delivery of WET:
Session-by-Session Instructions and Scripts

Session 1
  • Psychoeducation
  • Treatment rationale
  • Instructions on how to conduct the first writing exercise
  • Check-in and concluding the session
Sessions 2-5
  • Feedback on previous sessions writings
  • Instructions for current session
  • Check-in
  • Conclusion
  • When modifications are needed
The Trauma Narrative:
Examples and How to Provide Client Feedback on Narratives
  • How to provide feedback when clients do not include emotions in their narrative
  • What to do when clients avoid writing about the most distressing part of the event
  • How to provide positive and constructive feedback to move the client forward
How to Deliver WET via Telehealth
  • The use of videoconferencing
  • Getting materials to and from clients when using telehealth
  • Solutions to common issues that arise
How to Handle Common Challenges:
Clinical Insights, Tips and Role Play Exercises to Help You Implement WET
  • How to manage when clients do not follow writing instructions
  • What to do when clients have an increase in PTSD symptoms
  • Managing situations in which clients stop writing or refuse to start writing
  • Managing comorbid issues, such as substance abuse and suicidal ideation
  • Assessing whether additional treatment is needed

Target Audience

  • Counselors
  • Social Workers
  • Psychologists
  • Marriage and Family Therapists
  • Physicians
  • Addiction Counselors
  • Psychiatrists
  • Nurses
  • Other Mental Health Professionals

Copyright : 05/21/2021

Trauma-Related Dissociation and Dissociative Disorders: Assessment and Treatment Strategies for Some of the Most Misunderstood Disorders in the DSM

You work with trauma to make a difference.

But developmental trauma and disorganized attachment have profoundly negative effects on those who experience them -- and the signs and symptoms of dissociation can be difficult to recognize, even for clinicians.

And many people with trauma-related dissociation and dissociative disorders actively work to hide their struggles; stigma and shame driving their secrecy and barring them from sharing the full extent of their distress with you. Frightened and confused, many become “revolving door” patients, in and out of the mental health system when the root of their problems can’t be identified.

They are in desperate need of your help.

This recording will prepare you to effectively meet the clinical challenges involved in identifying and treating individuals across the dissociative spectrum.

Key Benefits:

  • Specialized methods for assessing clients with severe trauma who may be dissociating.
  • Maximize attunement with dissociated clients while maintaining therapeutic boundaries.
  • Step-by-step processes that effectively create and sustain an atmosphere of trust and safety.
  • Detailed guidance on therapeutic interventions to calm and ground dissociative clients.
  • Skills to help you prevent and manage suicidal crises.
  • Treatment techniques from Trauma Focused CBT, EMDR and somatic approaches.

Don’t miss out on this chance to add valuable skills and tools to your trauma practice and ensure those seeking your help don’t become “revolving door” patients.

Program Information


  1. Demonstrate how the relationship between developmental trauma and dissociation can inform clinical assessment and diagnosis of dissociative disorders.
  2. Articulate how the clinician can reduce the possibility of countertransference by regulating their reactions in-session.
  3. Design treatment plans that ground dissociative clients with relaxation techniques and mindfulness.
  4. Analyze the clinical implications of suicidal alters and connect this information to techniques that can help prevent and manage suicidal crises in severely dissociated clients.
  5. Develop strategies for integrating support systems into the lives of clients with Dissociative Identity Disorder, and communicate how this approach can improve treatment outcomes.
  6. Formulate treatment plans for trauma that are individualized to clients with dissociative disorders


Developmental Trauma, Symptomology and Risk Factors

  • The role of early traumatic stress and insecure attachment
  • Types of Dissociative Disorders and symptomology
  • Dissociative Amnesia, Depersonalization Disorder,
  • Dissociative Identity Disorder
  • Populations at risk for dissociative issues
  • The controversy – misconceptions and false memories

Clinical Assessment Tools for Trauma and Dissociative Disorders

  • Adult Attachment Interview
  • Adverse Childhood Experiences Questionnaire
  • Dissociative Experiences Scale
  • Identifying co-occurring disorders
  • Avoiding false negatives and false positives in diagnosing DID

Problems and Solutions in the Treatment of People with Dissociative Disorders

  • Maximize attunement with clients who are dissociating
  • Getting client buy in
  • How to establish trust and cooperation
  • Manage issues that can interfere in therapy
  • Compassion fatigue
  • Modulating your own reactions
  • The dangers of vicarious trauma
  • Identify and address implicit biases
  • Maintain therapeutic limits and boundaries
  • Engagement of alternate identities in DID

Therapeutic Techniques that Develop Stability and Safety for Dissociating Clients

  • Calming practices to ground the dissociative client
  • Conscious breathing
  • Relaxation techniques
  • Mindfulness
  • Working with clients facing continued abuse
  • Techniques to manage suicidal crises – account for the suicidal alter
  • Don’t let “crises of the week” keep you from reaching treatment goals
  • Build support systems with WRAP plans (Wellness Recovery Action Plan)

Specific Trauma Work for Dissociative Disorder Treatment Plans

  • Differences in working with DID clients
  • The role of resourcing in trauma
  • Calm clients and create personal safety with TF-CBT
  • Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)
  • Somatic approaches – connect memory to the body

Limitations of the Research and Potential Treatment Risks

  • Feasibility of randomized prospective double-blind placebo-controlled studies
  • Ethical, financial, and logistical constraints
  • Trauma, disorganized attachment and research data
  • Potential risks in treating trauma and Dissociative disorders

Target Audience

  • Counselors
  • Social Workers
  • Psychologists
  • Case Managers
  • Therapists
  • Marriage & Family Therapists
  • Addiction Counselors
  • Mental Health Professionals
  • Crisis Intervention Specialists
  • Nurses

Copyright : 09/25/2018