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303 | What am I Missing?: Conducting PTSD Assessment Following Man-made and Natural Disasters

Friday 9/15 8:45 – 10:00 AM, Grief and Loss, Crisis Response, Pandemic and Disaster Recovery, Workshop Tracks


Michele Louviere, M.Div.



Approved For CE

Licensed Professional Counselors, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists, Licensed Clinical Social Workers

Approved For CME/CEU

Medical Doctors, Osteopathic Doctors, Physicians Assistants, Midwives, Nurses and Nurse Practitioners




Unfortunately, man-made and natural disasters are becoming more common, and licensed mental health professionals and medical professionals face the challenge of treating those impacted by these traumatic events. Before creating treatment goals, the initial challenge is to assess post-traumatic stress and post-traumatic stress disorder. Once an assessment is completed, an appropriate treatment plan can be determined. Many clinicians are untrained in assessing for post-traumatic stress and PTSD, as training often focuses on treatment practices. An accurate assessment is critical for effective PTSD treatment; hence, it is critically important to focus on current and effective assessments that help determine a diagnosis. This workshop will review the practical application of PTSD assessments within the therapy process and specifically focus on analyzing and presenting such considerations in clinical settings.

Learning Objectives

1. Identify the diagnostic criteria for disaster-induced post-traumatic stress and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
2. Describe current assessments that effectively assess post-traumatic stress and PTSD and provide essential information for determining treatment goals
3. Utilize a case study to practically apply assessments to treatment planning for a client with disaster-related PTSD
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