As part of a series focused on identifying the key concepts that characterize best practices in psychotherapy and related clinical interventions, this course explores exposure therapy (ET), while other courses in the series focus on cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), trauma-informed care (TIC), and therapeutic crisis intervention (TCI). The content addresses indications, contraindications, assessment, and clinical interventions, as well as case documentation that reflects use of ET. To complete the course, participants read online content that incorporates case vignettes, complete an interactive exercise based on a case vignette, and view three short video clips. The online posttest must be passed with a score of 80% or better to print a certificate of completion.
This information is relevant to psychotherapists at all levels of experience who seek a deeper understanding of the strategies and techniques of exposure therapy (ET) and how to demonstrate its use in clinical documentation.
Upon completion of this course, readers will be able to do the following:
- Distinguish the method of exposure therapy (ET) from simply exposing a client to things that make them anxious.
- Explain how to develop a Subjective Units of Distress Scale (SUDS) and anxiety hierarchy.
- Identify intervention principles of ET.
- Write clinical documentation that demonstrates proper use of ET.