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The Atlas is offering training on Prolonged Exposure (PE) Therapy for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) to licensed/registered Canadian service providers (and their trainees) working in mental health who care for Veterans or Veteran Families. The cost for this training is being covered by the atlas and will be offered at no cost to eligible participants selected for the training (see details in Training Fees).

Space is limited! There are 30 spots available for this PE Therapy for PTSD training program. This includes access to both the virtual workshop followed by group consultations to support the fidelity of PE Therapy for PTSD.

If you are interested in this training, please submit an application using the online form. Applications closed at 8pm (ET) on Thursday, January 20th, 2022.

For more information on the PE Therapy for PTSD workshop and group consultations, please read the information below.

Monday, March 21, 2022 - Thursday, March 24, 2022
No cost
Clinical Providers Only

Applications closed at 8pm (ET) on Thursday, January 20th, 2022

All applicants will be notified of acceptance by no later than Friday, January 28th, 2022. Please do not make scheduling or other arrangements until your application has been accepted.

About 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). For information about PE Therapy, please visit the CTSA website. The atlas has also prepared a resource for Veterans and Veteran Families wanting to learn more about options for therapy, including PE Therapy, and what they can expect during treatment.

Atlas has also prepared a resource for Veterans and Veteran Families wanting to learn more about options for therapy, including CPT, and what they can expect during treatment.

Training Fees

The CoE-PTSD is covering the cost of the PE Therapy for PTSD workshop and post-workshop group consultations for selected applicants. There will be no cost to participants (subject to eligibility). Please note that this workshop is regularly offered through The Royal Ottawa Mental Health Centre at a rate of $800 (virtual) or $1000 (in person).

There are limited spaces available. We ask that you please submit an online application (the link to access the application and instructions are detailed below).

While we are covering the cost of the training, you will need to purchase a copy of the PE Therapist Guide. (available for purchase on Amazon and other retailers)

Prolonged Exposure Therapy for PTSD: Emotional Processing of Traumatic Experiences
Second Edition
By Edna B. Foa, Elizabeth A. Hembree, Barbara Olasov Rothbaum, and Sheila A.M. Rauch
ISBN 978-0-19-092693-9


This workshop is endorsed by the Centre for the Treatment and Study of Anxiety at the University of Pennsylvania. This is the official 4-day training that can lead to certification as a PE provider.

If you are selected to participate, you can expect to attend 4 days of training for 8 hours each day.

Dates: Monday, March 21st to Thursday, March 24th, 2022
Time: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (ET)
Delivery: Virtual workshop (4 days)
Language: English

If participating in the workshop you will be asked to agree to the following terms and conditions:

  1. Your video camera is to remain on during the entire workshop
  2. No more than 2hrs can be missed of the 4-day workshop
  3. You are expected to appear for training/workshop as if you were at work (e.g. ensure caregiving arrangements are in place)
  4. Be present for the breakouts at the times indicated on the agenda
  5. You will receive your certificate on completion of the workshop evaluation

Note that the CoE-PTSD is currently looking into training opportunities available in French.

In this workshop, you can expect to:

  • Gain knowledge of the empirical support for PE
  • Understand the Emotional Processing Therapy underlying PE
  • Learn the standard PE protocol
  • Learn how to manage common issues that arise during PE (avoidance, overengagement, underengagement)
  • Participate in experiential exercises to increase confidence in the delivery of PE

This workshop will be delivered over the secure Zoom for healthcare, video conferencing platform. You will be sent an invitation with instructions prior to the workshop.

The workshop will have a maximum capacity of 30 participants.

For this workshop, you will receive a certificate of completion. Your certificate will become available to you after you have completed the workshop evaluation.

This is the official 4-day Intensive Workshop in Prolonged Exposure Therapy conducted by a CTSA certified trainer that leads to certification as a PE provider. If you choose to become a certified PE provider, you must complete two full PE cases with a certified PE consultant. For more information on becoming a certified PE provider, please visit the CTSA website.

Please note that the times provided below are in Eastern Time (ET).

[Day 1 – March 21st, 2022]

9am – 12:30pm Prolonged Exposure Therapy for PTSD
  • Diagnosis of PTSD
  • Emotional processing theory
  • Break (around 10:00-10:15AM)
  • Empirical Evidence for the Efficacy of PE
12:30pm – 11:15pm Lunch
1:15pm – 2:30pm Overview of PE Therapy
  • Preparation for PE Therapy
  • Assessment of trauma-related symptoms prior to and during treatment
  • Description of PE/Overview of Sessions 1-10
2:30pm – 2:45pm Afternoon Health Break
2:45pm – 4pm Prolonged Exposure Therapy Program
  • Session 1: How to present the PE program to clients
  • Establishing therapeutic alliance
4pm – 5pm Break into pairs to practice delivery of treatment overview/rationale

[Day 2 – March 22nd, 2022]

9am – 10am Session 1: Trauma Interview and Breathing Retraining.
Session 2: Psychoeducation
10am – 10:45am Session 2: In Vivo Exposure
  • Rationale for in vivo exposure
  • Use of Subjective Units of Distress (SUDs) scale
  • Construction of in vivo hierarchy
  • Safety guidelines for in vivo exposure
  • Assignment of in vivo homework
10:45am – 11am Break
11am – 12:30pm Break into pairs to practice rationale and procedure for in vivo exposure and hierarchy construction
12:30pm – 1:15pm Lunch
1:15pm – 2:45pm Session 3: Imaginal Exposure
  • Rationale for imaginal exposure
  • Procedure for imaginal exposure
  • Imaginal Exposure Processing
2:45pm – 3pm Break
3pm – 4pm Video’s & Discussion
4pm – 5pm Break into pairs to practice rationale and procedure for imaginal exposure

[Day 3 – March 23rd, 2022]

9am – 10:45am Anger, Guilt, Shame and Grief
10:45am – 11am Break
11am – 12pm Sessions 4 and 5 Therapist Self Care
12pm – 12:45pm Lunch
12:45pm – 2:15pm Session 6-9: Hot Spots procedure for imaginal exposure
  • Reassessing SUDs, relapse prevention, post-treatment planning
2:15pm – 2:30pm Break
2:30pm – 5pm Break into pairs to practice delivery of Hot Spots procedure/Session 10 Final Session/Videos

[Day 4 – March 24th, 2022]

9am – 10:30am Factors that impair effective emotional engagement in exposure: Avoidance
  • Reluctance to do exposure, avoidance of homework, missing therapy sessions
 10:30am – 10:45am Break
10:45am – 12:30pm Factors that impair effective emotional engagement in exposure: Under-engagement
12:30pm – 1:15pm Lunch
1:15pm – 3pm Factors that impair effective emotional engagement in exposure: Over-engagement
3pm – 5pm Special Issues: Maintaining focus on PTSD, Homework compliance, review of treatment/forms/ wrap up

Post-Workshop Group Consultations

Full details on the dates and format are to come.

After completing the workshop,  accepted applicants will have the opportunity to join a group for regular consultation. 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. While we encourage all participants to attend both, group consultation is not required.

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.

Consultation groups will have a maximum number of participants per group.

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

PhD, CPsych
Clinical Psychologist
Operational Stress Injury Clinic, The Royal Ottawa Mental Health Centre

Dr. Michele Todd is a psychologist in the Operational Stress Injury Clinic, the Professional Practice Lead for the Psychology Discipline at the Royal, and a CTSA Certified Therapist, Consultant, and Trainer in Prolonged Exposure (PE) for PTSD. Dr. Todd is active in the dissemination of evidence based treatments, providing workshops and professional consultation for certification as a PE therapist to clinicians across Canada, as well as training and supervision to Psychology Residents and practicum students. Her clinical work within the OSI program focuses on the assessment and treatment of trauma-related mental health conditions among military veterans and current and former RCMP officers.

Clinical Psychologist
The Royal Ottawa Hospital OSI Clinic

Dr. Gordana Eljdupovic, C. Psych. is a registered clinical and forensic psychologist who works full time at the Operational Stress Injury Clinic and part time in private practice, Ottawa. She is Certified Trainer, Supervisor and Therapist in Prolonged Exposure for PTSD (CTSA) and trained in DBT, with special interest in trauma, severe emotion and behavior dysregulations.

Target Audience

This training is intended for licensed/registered Canadian service providers working in mental health who care for Veterans or Veteran Families. Trainees working under a licensed/registered Canadian service provider are also eligible to apply. Because of the advanced nature of this workshop and the limited enrollment, participants should have prior experience treating trauma survivors.

To be eligible for the free PE Therapy for PTSD workshop and group consultations, you must:

  1. Be a licensed/registered service provider or a trainee under a licensed/registered service provider working in mental health. For example, a counsellor, marriage & family therapist, nurse practitioner, occupational therapist, physician, psychiatrist, psychologist, psychotherapist, registered nurse, registered psychiatric nurse, or social worker. If you do not see yourself in this list, please contact us to see if you’re eligible.
  2. Be currently living and providing care in Canada.
  3. Provide care to Veterans or Veteran Families (Veterans from the Canadian Armed Forces and former RCMP members).
  4. Be able to participate in the workshop in English.

We actively encourage applications from members of groups with historical and/or current barriers to equity. To support upholding these values, the CoE-PTSD is attentive to the diversity of our network, and invites you to self-identify if you wish. Responses from applicants who self-identify during the application process will only be shared with training organizers at the CoE-PTSD. 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 is committed to supporting an accessible environment for participants attending trainings offered through the CoE-PTSD. Part of this commitment includes making supports, such as American Sign Language 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.