PTSD workshop with Professor Edna Foa in Prolonged exposure in Oslo, Norway

This workshop is very rare and the opportunity to meet Dr. Foa in Norway. This is a unique chance to learn how to treat complex PTSD among victims of violence, rape, child sexual abuse og veterans of war. This treatment is evidence based and is highly successful even for very unexperienced therapists. This is for different groups of therapists who works with PTSD or are interested in learning this method. This workshop gives the therapist confidence to work with clients and be effective and helps client to get much better. Prolonged exposure is a necessary workshop for therapist who work with trauma and clients with PTSD.

Here is the opportunity to learn how to treat diffucult PTSD in 10-15 sessions. Professor Edna Foas has worked with PTSD for 30 years. Her work is the best researched treatment for PTSD in the world, and through the workshop, you will be able to deal with PTSD in your context and treat your patients PTSD.

Prolonged exposure is an evidensbased treatment and have good research and results with: PTSD and alcohol dependence, PTSD and borderline, sexual traumas from childhood, rape, PTSD from war, accidents and with adulescents.

edna-foaEdna Foa is a international leading autority in the field of trauma treatment. She has work with trauma for 30 years. She has created prolonged exposure, which is the most
empirial treatment for PTSD in the world.

Prolonged exposure has over 30 random control trials, and up to 85 % of patients get significant reduction in PTSD symptoms. Her treatment is the first of choice of treatment for PTSD in the American, Candian and Israel army. She has lot of empirical research with borderline with PTSD, rape, child abuse, accidents, and her method works in general with all the traumas, if they have the diagnosis of PTSD. Her treatment is implemented in the American, Canadian and Israelian Army for soldiers with PTSD. Many crisis centers worldwide use the methode to help women overcome PTSD from abusive partners. Her methode is first choice if the clients has a borderline personality disorders and PTSD.

She is coming to Stockholm, Sweden for a four day workshop, where the participants will learn in a unique way to do prolonged exposure.

Edna Foa is Professor in clinical psychology at the University in Pennsylvania og leader of Center for the Treatment and Study of Anxiety. She is worldfamous for her theoretical and clinical contribution to research and development of treatments for anxiety, PTSD and traumas. She has developed “Prolonged Exposure therapy”, a very effective treatment for PTSD. The treatment has much empirical evidens.

Professor Edna Foa has a lifelong research in traumas and trauma treatment. She has written several books e.g. “Effective treatments for PTSD”, “Prolonged Exposure Therapy for Adulescents with PTSD Emotional Processing of Traumatic Experiences” og “Treating the Trauma of Rape: Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy for PTSD”. She also works with OCD and has got the lifetime award for the American Association for OCD in 2011.
6-9 september 2016.

This unique workshop will give the participants the fantastic opportunity to learn PTSD treatment of professor Edna Foa. On these four days the participants will learn the treatment components in “Prolonged Exposure Therapy”, psychoeducation about common reactions to traumas, in-vivo eksposure to low risk situations and imagined eksposure to trauma memories.

The participants will learn how to make the client emotionally engage in the traumatic memory in order to reduce trauma related symptoms and difficulties.

There will be many DVD demonstrations.

Participants will learn to deal with the participants emotionel stress during the treatment. There will be roleplays and training in constructing in-vivo exposure hierarkies and imaginatory exposure.

Foa earned her B.A. in Psychology and Literature from Bar Ilan University in 1962, and her M.A. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Illinois in 1970. In that same year she completed her PhD in Clinical Psychology and Personality at the University of Missouri.

Her research, aimed at determining causes and treatments of anxiety disorders, has been highly influential. Foa is an expert in post-traumatic stress disorders (PTSD) and obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). The program she has developed for rape victims is considered to be one of the most effective therapies for PTSD. She has published several books and over 200 articles and book chapters, has lectured extensively around the world, and was the chair of the PTSD work group of the DSM-IV.

Foa’s research interests are development and evaluation of cognitive-behavioral treatment for obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and social anxiety disorder (SAD); experimental psychopathology of anxiety disorders, especially post-traumatic stress disorder, social phobia, and obsessive-compulsive disorder; and dissemination of evidence-based treatment to mental health professionals.

Foa’s methodology has been highly success in both the US and Israel, and she divides her time between the two countries.

Awards and honors

Dr. Foa is the recipient of numerous awards and honors, including:

  • TIME Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People in the World for 2010 Thinkers: Edna Foa
  • The Distinguished Scientist Award from the Scientific section of the American Psychological Association
  • The First Annual Outstanding Research Contribution Award from the Association for the Advancement of Behavior Therapy (ABCT)
  • The Distinguished Scientific Contributions to Clinical Psychology Award from the American Psychological Association
  • Lifetime Achievement Award from the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies
  • Exemplary Contribution to the Field of Psychology and Humanity Philadelphia Society of Clinical Psychologists
  • Exemplary Substance Abuse Prevention Program Award from SAMHSA/CSAP, CADCA, and NASADAD
  • Annual Signature Service Award from Women Organized Against Rape
  • Honorary Doctorate Degree of Philosophy by University of Basel
  • Lifetime Award for research and work with OCD.

Workshop program:

Day 1:  Opening lecture about research and PTSDPresentation and demonstration of the rationale of PE
Day 2: Presentation and demonstration of exposure hierarkiDemonstrations and roleplaysDVD’s of clients
Day 3: Presentation and demonstration of imaginary exposureTraining and dialoguesDVD’s of clients
Day 4: Presentation and demonstration of imaginary exposure in
“Hot spots” and emotional overengagement and underengagement
and other problems in the therapy