CBT Prolonged Exposure (PE) Therapy for Working With Trauma Memories

Date:  to
Event type: 
Region:  Brisbane
Organiser:  AASW Qld Branch
Pricing:  Early bird pricing available


Address:  C&K, Training Rooms (1 & 2) - 257 Gympie Road
Suburb:  Kedron
State:  Queensland
Postcode:  4031


Name:  AASW Qld Admin Officer 
Phone Number:  07 3090 3718
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CBT Prolonged Exposure Therapy (PE) is a strongly-evidenced framework for assisting trauma survivors, particularly those with PTSD, to resolve intrusive, distressing memories of trauma events, which for many clients is the most distressing part of PTSD.

General Information

Post Traumatic Stress can be seen as a problem of memory; trauma memories do not behave like other memories and they constantly intrude, as if the event is happening again, and this leads to other issues such as avoidance, hyperarousal and hypervigilance. Much trauma work is supportive therapy, assisting people to manage their high levels of arousal, to regulate and to be able to function in daily life; this is very important but does not actually address the trauma memory network, which is usually the most distressing and debilitating aspect of living with PTSD.

In this training program, participants will be provided the theoretical framework and evidence base for PE, as well as being trained in how to implement this approach with clients. At the end of the training, participants should feel comfortable in applying PE to their client work, and suggestions for ongoing support and supervision will be provided.

The training is directly relevant to the CPD requirements under the Medicare Focussed Psychological Strategies requirements for Mental Health Social Workers. Social Workers working with veterans, survivors of torture and trauma and survivors of family and sexual violence will find it relevant. All of the training content is evidence-based and references for evidence and further reading and training will be provided.

Participants will also be provided with suggestions and practical directions for further support, particularly more advanced training and professional supervision while initially implementing PE.

Who should attend?

Mental Health Social Workers, Social worker and psychologists who work directly with people with PTSD and with trauma memories and Supervisors of 1 & 2, above.

Learning Outcomes

  • Understand the principles and framework on Prolonged Exposure Therapy
  • Be able to implement Prolonged Exposure Therapy with relevant clients
  • Be informed of ongoing support and supervision availability after the training

Meet the Presenters

Kent Smith is an accredited Mental Health Social Worker in private practice. He works with people who have experienced trauma and live with anxiety & depression. He believes that these conditions don’t have to be a “life sentence” and gains energy from seeing people thrive and grow.

Peter Brennan is an accredited Mental Health Social Worker in private practice. Many of his clients have experienced trauma and anxiety and he has a particular interest in the interaction of these states within family relationships.


C&K, Training Rooms 1 & 2) 257 Gympie Road, Kedron Q 4031
Note: There is no parking onsite, however plenty of street parking on Emerald and Sadlier Streets or Leckie Rd.

Thursday 25 and Friday 26 July 2019 – 9.00am – 5.00pm

Registration from 8.45am

Fruit platters for morning and afternoon tea, with a fully catered lunch.

CPD: 14 Hours

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