Overview

The Atlas Institute is offering a two-part training on Prolonged Exposure Therapy (PE) for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) to licensed/registered Canadian service providers working in mental health who care for Veterans or Veteran Families. The cost for this training is covered by the Atlas Institute for eligible service providers who register and are approved (see details in Training Fees).

This two-part training includes:

  • Part 1 – the four-day workshop in PE for PTSD
  • Part 2 – regular group consultation with an expert in PE for 12 weeks

To learn more about group consultation (part 2), read below, including how to register!

For more information about the workshop (part 1), visit the event page.

Starts week of 6 March 2023
1.5 hours/week for 12 weeks
Virtual
French
No cost
Clinical Providers Only

Registration will open on Monday, 23 January 2023.

About Prolonged Exposure Therapy (PE)

PE is an evidence-based therapy that is recommended as a first-line treatment for PTSD in international treatment guidelines, such as the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) Guideline (2018) and the American Psychological Association (APA) Clinical Practice Guidelines for the Treatment of PTSD (2017).

Evidence supports the addition of consultation as a part of training. Training has been shown to be more effective at improving competence and use of therapies when consultation is included as part of the training program.

For information about PE, please visit the CTSA website. You can also check out our webpage that was developed for Veterans and their Families wanting to learn more about PE Therapy and what they can expect during treatment

Training fees

The Atlas Institute is covering the cost of the PE for PTSD workshop and post-workshop group consultations for approved registrants. There will be no cost to participants (subject to eligibility).

Registration

To register for group consultations with an expert in PE (Part 2), please complete the online form.

Registration will open on Monday, 23 January 2023.

This opportunity is being offered on a first-come-first-serve basis. Participants who attended the workshop offered by the Atlas Institute in January 2023 (Part 1 of the PE training) will be given priority. After you submit your registration form, you will be notified within 10 business days of your admission. Please do not make scheduling or other arrangements until your registration has been accepted.

Our registration form will close at 8:00 p.m. (ET) on Friday, 3 March 2023.

Post-workshop group consultation details

Group consultations will take place weekly via the Zoom for Healthcare platform and each consultation session is led by a PE Trainer. PE Trainers are licensed mental health clinicians, certified as PE therapy trainers, and have extensive experience in supervising and training PE.

Group PE Consultation Structure:

  • Number of Sessions Offered: 12
  • Session Duration: 90 minutes
  • Frequency of sessions: Weekly
  • Delivery Method: Online via Zoom for Healthcare platform
  • Language: French

Group 1*

  • Day: Mondays
  • Time: 2:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. (ET)
  • Start: 6 March 2023

Group 2*

  • Day: Wednesdays
  • Time: 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. (ET)
  • Start: 8 March 2023

*Please note that the days and times for groups are subject to change.

You must first complete the four-day workshop in PE for PTSD to participate in group consultations.

It is strongly encouraged that you have active cases or anticipate having active cases during the group consultation period. “Active cases” refers to having clients with PTSD that you are currently caring for.

Consultation groups will be hosted on the Zoom for Healthcare video conferencing platform. Participants will be sent an invitation with instructions specific to your group prior to the first session.

There is space available for 20 participants.

There will be two groups offered. Each group will have a maximum of 10 participants.

If you participated in the workshop offered by the Atlas Institute in January 2023 (Part 1 of the PE training), you will receive priority, however, your spot is not guaranteed as space is limited.

By joining a consultation group, selected participants will have the opportunity to present PTSD cases and receive expert feedback, consultation and support from a PE expert. You will also have the opportunity to discuss the appropriateness for PE for your PTSD cases.

These group consultations do not count towards the PE provider certification process by CTSA.

About the trainers

Anne is a clinical social worker who provides psychotherapy to individuals diagnosed with a service-related operational stress injury (OSI), such as PTSD, depression, anxiety or a substance use disorder. She is in private practice and previously worked at the Royal Ottawa OSI Clinic for 13 years, specializing in the treatment of trauma related to military and policing. She has certification as a therapist, supervisor and trainer of Prolonged Exposure Therapy for PTSD.

Previously Anne worked for nine years in palliative care and hospice care, providing grief therapy to families dealing with a life threatening illness, as well as to those in bereavement.

She graduated with her Master of Social Work from McGill University in 2000.

Specializing in the assessment and treatment of mood and anxiety disorders, Dr. Jacques has developed expertise in post-traumatic stress disorder over the last few years. She has nearly 25 years of clinical experience in cognitive behavioural therapy, including over 15 years in military trauma and comorbid disorders associated with that problem. She holds three certificates from the prestigious Center for the Treatment and Study of Anxiety at the University of Pennsylvania – Dr. Edna Foa’s team – and is a clinician, supervisor and instructor for prolonged exposure treatment. She was also involved in writing the book Stratégies thérapeutiques des traumas and held a consulting position at the SAAQ. More recently, she co-authored a textbook, Santé mentale et psychopathologie, 3rd edition.

Target audience

This training is intended for licensed/registered Canadian service providers working in mental health who care for Veterans or Veteran Families. Because of the advanced nature of group consultations and the limited enrollment, participants should have prior experience treating trauma survivors. It is not intended for those with a general interest.

To be eligible, you must:

  1. Have previously completed the four-day workshop in PE for PTSD led by CTSA certified PE trainers.
  2. Be a licensed/registered service provider working in mental health. Your license needs to include psychotherapy in your scope of practice. For example: a counsellor, marriage and family therapist, nurse practitioner, occupational therapist, physician, psychiatrist, psychologist, psychotherapist, registered nurse, registered psychiatric nurse, or social worker. Please note that regulatory bodies differ in each province and territory and the scope of practice for each profession may vary as a result. If you do not see yourself in this list, please contact us to see if you’re eligible.
  3. Be currently living and providing care in Canada.
  4. Provide care to Veterans or Veteran Families (Veterans from the Canadian Armed Forces and former RCMP members).
  5. Be able to participate in group consultations in French.

It is strongly encouraged that you have active cases or anticipate having active cases during the group consultation period. “Active cases” refers to having clients with PTSD that you are currently caring for.

We encourage applications from members of groups with historical and/or current barriers to equity. The Atlas Institute is attentive to the diversity of our network and invites you to self-identify if you wish during registration. Responses from applicants who self-identify during the registration process will only be shared with training organizers at the Atlas Institute. Groups include:

  • First Nations, Métis and Inuit Peoples, and all other Indigenous Peoples
  • Persons with visible and/or invisible (physical and/or mental) disabilities
  • Member of a group(s) that commonly experience discrimination due to race, ancestry, colour, religion and/or spiritual beliefs, or place of origin
  • Persons who identify as women
  • Persons of marginalized sexual orientations, gender identities, and gender expressions

The Atlas Institute is committed to supporting an accessible environment for participants attending trainings offered through the Atlas Institute. Part of this commitment includes making supports, such as American Sign Language (ASL) or Langue des Signes Quebecoise (LSQ) interpreters or captionists, available during the training. Prior to the training, we will be asking all participants if any support would help them fully participate in this training.