Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) has become a household word in many places in the world. It has received increasing attention since the PTSD diagnosis was created in 1980 by the American Psychiatric Association.
While the effects of trauma are everywhere, what to do about it seems to as elusive as it ever was. From the veterans in the US complaining about prolonged exposure, to women complaining that they're in psychotherapy forever, many corners of society promise that their approach works.
Unfortunately, the nature of randomized, clinical controlled trials doesn't lend itself easily to using very many different treatments because it's too expensive and time-consuming. We haven't had a way to assess patient's most immediate intervention needs, which takes into account the childhood adverse experiences, adult traumas, genetics, medical conditions that limit their progress, attitudinal strengths and weaknesses, and emotional regulation-until now.
The entire curriculum here at PTSD Academy is centered around the STAPLE Approach to Trauma that takes into account all of these factors, in addition to the past 150 years of psychology philosophy and world view/moral injury research.
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