This online course allows participants to gain fundamental knowledge about post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) as described in DSM-IV-TR.
Participants – professionals or students in mental health – will learn how to recognize the symptoms associated with PTSD and assess their frequency and intensity.
This course also allows participants to familiarize themselves with the concepts of distress and peritraumatic dissociation.
This course uses the APA (American Psychiatric Association)'s DSM-IV-TR (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual) diagnostic criteria to define the symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder.
- Presentation of the Info-trauma website providing essential information about the post-traumatic stress disorder and resources for professionals:
- History of trauma
- Definition trauma
- Differences between tress and trauma
- The PTSD?
- The dissociation
- What is resilience?
- What is debriefing? Is it considered effective?
- Pharmacology and psychological trauma
- Readings and downloadable tools to assess immediate and post-immediate reactions after a disaster:
- Case Studies
- Downloadable Rapid Triage Kit
- Downloadable Rapid Diagnostic Kit
- Printable Guide for Victims
- Interactive online training modules with three video vignettes featuring all post-traumatic symptoms through an interview between an expert in mental health and a person suffering from PTSD.
- Advice and tips on life skills for victims are provided throughout the Info-trauma website and the interactive online training modules.
- A test of 60 multiple-choice questions on trauma, assessment of post-traumatic stress disorder as well as on how to behave with victims.
At the end of this course, you will be able to:
- Broadly define basic concepts related to trauma.
- Recognize and assess symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder according to DSM-IV-TR, peritraumatic distress as well as peritraumatic dissociation.
- Assess for symptoms of psychological distress following a wide-scale traumatic event (eg.: terrorist attack) by having the capacity to effectively execute a psychological triage.
- Use the following scientifically-validated diagnostic tests: Semi-structured clinical interview (Montreal Clinician-Administered PTSD Scale; M-CAPS), the Impact of Event Scale-Revised (IES-R), the Peritraumatic Distress Inventory (PDI) and the Peritraumatic Dissociative Experience Questionnaire (PDEQ).