Course Description

Hours: 12

Prolonged exposure (PE) is an evidence-based practice for the treatment of post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). PE shares some theoretical overlap with cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT). It is a structured, time limited intervention that has demonstrated efficacy in individuals who have experienced a range of traumas including, but not limited to, sexual assault, physical assault, accident, military and first responder related trauma.

This two-day Professional Development course will expose participants to theory and practices that underpin PE. Participants will learn essentials of PE such as:

  • How to discuss with a client the problematic role that avoidance plays in the development and maintenance of PTSD. 
  • Teaching a client to participate in breathing retraining. 
  • Developing a hierarchy of feared situations to address in the therapy.
  • How to introduce and conduct in-vivo exposures. 
  • How to introduce and conduct imaginal exposures. 
  • How to use Socratic and other questioning styles to help clients process traumatic experiences.


For more information contact the Faculty of Social Work Professional Development office:

Email: fswprofessionaldevelopment@wlu.ca
Phone: 548-889-5128

Cancellations and Transfers
Be sure to carefully review our cancellation and transfer information before registering.

Website: wlu.ca/fswpd

Applies Towards the Following Certificates


This course has already taken place for the current academic year (July 1, 2024 to June 30, 2025).

The 2025/2026 Faculty of Social Work Professional Development course dates will be posted on this website on July 3, 2025.

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