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How Do I Get the Best PTSD Training?

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  • Written By: Laura M. Sands
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  • Last Modified Date: 23 November 2016
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Getting the best PTSD training begins with becoming familiar with the laws needed to become certified to work with patients suffering from post traumatic stress disorder in your area. Do your best to determine which accredited courses and training programs offer everything you need to specialize in working with clients suffering from this condition. Select the PTSD training program that will teach you the most about recognizing the signs of PTSD, as well as the courses that will prepare you for a career in helping people cope with and overcome the various symptoms associated with this unique form of anxiety.

In most areas, you must first be trained as a psychologist, psychiatrist or a social worker to counsel patients with post traumatic stress disorder. Before engaging in a PTSD program, be sure that you understand the requirements and governing laws that you need to abide by to actually work in this field of care. When researching specific PTSD training courses, be sure to verify a program's accreditation standing, as well as independently research the training program's reputation before making a decision to enroll in courses.

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As a PTSD therapist, you will need to be able to identify some of the telltale signs of PTSD, such as insomnia, facial ticks, depression and agitation. Recognizing symptoms like these after a stressful event has occurred in a person’s life is crucial to helping clients properly cope with the original trauma. It will, therefore, be important to find PTSD training that spends ample time exploring all of the related signs and symptoms of PTSD, as well as various treatment options.

Engaging in a PTSD training program that explores all of the medical options available for treating patients with post traumatic stress disorder may be necessary if you are already a licensed PTSD psychiatrist. You will likely need to learn about the pros and cons of different anti-anxiety medications and how post traumatic stress disorder affects the mind and the body. In order to specialize in PTSD treatment, you may even need to become certified. Reviewing the laws in your area will help you determine whether or not special courses for certification are required or whether you may select your own training route for learning about PTSD.

Selecting the best course may also require you to identify the client populations that you hope to work with as a PTSD therapist. Options include working with children, victims of war and other abuse victims. Asking other professionals who currently specialize in PTSD treatment may help you decide which client populations to work with and the PTSD training needed to do so.

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