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Prolonged Exposure Therapy (PE)

The University Counseling Center Core Competency (UC4) was a full two-day advanced training for Evidence Based Psychotherapy (EBP) treatment of Prolonged Exposure Therapy (PTSD) within a university or college counseling center. In collaboration with UTSA Counseling Services, this training was a follow-up to The Center for Deployment (CDP’s) University Counseling Center Core Competency (UC4) “Service Members and Veterans on Campus” program held by university and college campus counseling centers across the nation. Training in Prolonged Exposure Therapy (PE) is an evidence-based psychotherapy treatment for PTSD.

This program covered the theoretical underpinnings and research behind PE, and reviewed the main clinical techniques used in this structural protocol. Step-by-step instructions for conducting PE therapy sessions were shared, including in-vivo and imaginal exposure, along with strategies for working with over-and-under-engaged patients and other difficult cases. Attendees participated in role-plays and practiced PE techniques.