Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder in Elderly Populations: Techniques to Assess and Treat Older Adults Exposed to Earlier-Life Trauma

Price: $155.00
Friday, March 7, 2014
9:00am – 4:00pm, 6 CE Hrs

Alliant International University
10455 Pomerado Road
San Diego, CA 92131

            Aged populations are expected to grow at a faster than average rate, yet healthcare workers have not yet received the specialized knowledge and technical skills needed to meet the expanding mental health needs of the elderly, especially in the area of clinical assessment and treatment of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). The consequences of trauma-related disorders include: diminished relationship satisfaction, poor quality of life, increased prevalence of physical illnesses and co-morbid depression and substance use disorders, greater use of sick days and loss of productivity, and a huge burden on healthcare resources. Symptoms of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) may persist for decades if left untreated and even worsen with late-life specific stressors such as grief, retirement, and physical limitations.


            This presentation aims to educate professionals on the etiologies of PTSD in older adults, estimated prevalence rates, course of symptoms, and currently available treatment approaches.  The information presented in the lecture will enhance clinical professionals’ competencies with PTSD screening tools and diagnostic assessments for use with the elderly. The attendees will learn about a variety of empirically-supported therapeutic interventions for trauma-related disorders in the elderly. A special emphasis will explore the topic of post-traumatic growth in older adults and utilizing trauma and other life stressors to enhance meaning-making and value-based behaviors. The presentation will draw from the available body of scientific literature reviews, case studies, and randomized-controlled trials. Instructional methods will utilize Powerpoint presentations, vignettes and case studies, and question-and-answer format. The lecture will also discuss future directions and clinically relevant considerations for providing treatment of trauma in older adults. The dissemination of knowledge and training from this lecture will serve as a step in ameliorating the impact of trauma in the elderly.

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1)     Attendees will learn how to recognize symptoms of posttraumatic stress disorder in the elderly.

2)     Attendees will learn about common co-morbidities and risk factors for developing PTSD in old age.

3)     Attendees will learn about current treatment approaches for posttraumatic stress disorder in the elderly.

4)     Attendees will learn about resiliency and post-traumatic growth in the elderly

5)     Attendees will learn about future directions in the treatment of posttraumatic stress disorder in older adults.  

Sage Schuitevoerder, Ph.D. has more than ten years of clinical and research expertise in the assessment and treatment of trauma-related disorders in elderly populations. He has specialized training in the administration of PTSD screening instruments and clinical assessments. He is certified in several empirically-supported treatments for PTSD, such as Prolonged Exposure Therapy and Cognitive Processing Therapy. He has worked in in-patient and out-patient clinical settings with both military and community-dwelling populations. Dr. Schuitevoerder has published in scholarly peer-reviewed journals on the topic older adults with PTSD. Dr. Schuitevoerder also regularly presents at national and international conferences, didactic seminars, and professional consultation meetings. He is currently employed as a lead study psychologist at the San Diego Department of Veterans Affairs. Dr. Schuitevoerder also maintains a private practice in the Central San Diego - Mission Valley area