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Prolonged Exposure: An Evidence-Based Treatment for PTSD

4/25/2019
When: Thursday, April 25, 2019
6:30 - 8:00 PM
Where: Renewed Freedom Center
1849 Sawtelle Blvd, Suite 710
Los Angeles, California  90025
United States
Contact: Dr. Jenny Yip

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During March and April, SIG/Club/Networking meetings are open to ALL -

you do not have to be a member of LACPA to attend.  

 

April 25, 2019 from 6:30-8:00 p.m.

 

SIG Topic:  “Prolonged Exposure: An Evidence-Based Treatment for PTSD”

 

Prolonged Exposure (PE) is an evidenced-based, manualized therapy effective for the treatment of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).PE has demonstrated efficacy in diagnostically complex populations and survivors of single- and multiple-incident traumas and is endorsed by the American Psychiatric Association, the Department of Veterans Affairs, and Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).PE is based on Emotional Processing Theory, which posits that PTSD symptoms arise as a result of avoidance of trauma-related thoughts, reminders, activities, and situations, as well as trauma-related thoughts and beliefs. While avoidance serves a protective function, individuals often experience decreased quality of life and perpetuated symptoms of PTSD. The four primary components of PE include 1) psychoeducation about treatment and common reactions to trauma, 2) breathing retraining, 3) in-vivo exposures, and 4) imaginal exposures. Exposures are used to gradually and systematically confront distressing memories and situations to facilitate emotional processing and organization of the trauma memory, discriminate safe from unsafe situations, reduce excessive fear, and increase mastery and confidence. Exposures also serve to block avoidance and allow opportunities for new and corrective learning. In addition to treatment overview and clinical implications, special issues will be discussed, including PTSD versus trauma, avoidance, under-engagement, and over-engagement.

 

About Deniz Ahmadinia, Psy.D.

Dr. Deniz Ahmadinia is a clinical psychologist. She has recently worked as a staff psychologist at the esteemed West Los Angeles VA Medical Center following completion of a Post-Doctoral Fellowship in integrative health, including advanced training in mindfulness, Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, and anxiety disorders. During her time at the VA, she also implemented a Mindful Parenting program for Veterans, based on her clinical research. 

 

Dr. Deniz completed an APA accredited internship at the Sepulveda VA Ambulatory Care Center, where she received specialty training in PTSD, anxiety, women’s health, and substance abuse. She has had the opportunity to train in Prolonged Exposure, Cognitive Processing Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Mindfulness-Based Stress, Reduction, and Mindful Self-Compassion. Prior training includes the Long Beach VA, UCLA Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior, and the Pepperdine Community Counseling Center as a therapist and supervisor. She currently has a private practice in Beverly Hills where she offers individual, couples, and group therapy, as well as psychodiagnostic assessment and corporate training.

 

Location:  The meeting will be held at the Renewed Freedom Center, 1849 Sawtelle Blvd, Suite 710, Los Angeles, CA 90025.  There is plenty of street parking, meter parking, or you may park in the garage for a fee.


RSVP:  DrYip@RenewedFreedomCenter.com  

 

This promises to be an interesting and informative meeting!  We look forward to seeing you!

 

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