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Treating Complex Trauma Survivors

Treating Complex Trauma Survivors

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Premiere Date: October 20, 2014
Expiration Date: October 20, 2015

This activity offers CE credits for:

1. Physicians (CME)
2. Other


This article reviews the many sequelae of complex trauma and offers several treatment strategies.


At the end of this CE activity, participants should be able to:

1. Distinguish among PTSD, complex trauma, and the dissociative subtype of PTSD (DPTSD).

2. Explain the distinctive neurobiological subtype of DPTSD.

3. Describe the many manifestations of DPTSD and complex trauma.

4. Understand and use phasic trauma treatment in caring for patients.


This continuing medical education activity is intended for psychiatrists, psychologists, primary care physicians, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, and other health care professionals who seek to improve their care for patients with mental health disorders.


CME Credit (Physicians): This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Essential Areas and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education through the joint sponsorship of CME Outfitters, LLC, and Psychiatric Times. CME Outfitters, LLC, is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

CME Outfitters designates this enduring material for a maximum of 1.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Note to Nurse Practitioners and Physician Assistants: AANPCP and AAPA accept certificates of participation for educational activities certified for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™.


It is the policy of CME Outfitters, LLC, to ensure independence, balance, objectivity, and scientific rigor and integrity in all of their CME/CE activities. Faculty must disclose to the participants any relationships with commercial companies whose products or devices may be mentioned in faculty presentations, or with the commercial supporter of this CME/CE activity. CME Outfitters, LLC, has evaluated, identified, and attempted to resolve any potential conflicts of interest through a rigorous content validation procedure, use of evidence-based data/research, and a multidisciplinary peer-review process.

The following information is for participant information only. It is not assumed that these relationships will have a negative impact on the presentations.

Richard Loewenstein, MD, is a Limited Benefit Employee of Sheppard Pratt Health System as Medical Director of the Trauma Disorders Program.

Bethany Brand, PhD, Lauren Gilbert, Christen Dressel, Joshua Camins, and Zachary Pyne have no disclosures to report.

Judith Herman, MD (peer/content reviewer), has no disclosures to report.

Applicable Psychiatric Times staff have no disclosures to report.


Faculty of this CME/CE activity may include discussion of products or devices that are not currently labeled for use by the FDA. The faculty have been informed of their responsibility to disclose to the audience if they will be discussing off-label or investigational uses (any uses not approved by the FDA) of products or devices. CME Outfitters, LLC, and the faculty do not endorse the use of any product outside of the FDA-labeled indications. Medical professionals should not utilize the procedures, products, or diagnosis techniques discussed during this activity without evaluation of their patient for contraindications or dangers of use.

Questions about this activity? Call us at 877.CME.PROS (877.263.7767).


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