This Course will increase the awareness and recognition of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) whilst also promoting the resilience that individuals and families demonstrate to cope with a range of significant life challenges
- What are normal and abnormal responses to trauma?
- Diagnostic classification of PTSD
- How does PTSD affect families and children?
- Cognitive, pharmacological, and alternative treatment options for PTSD
Although traumatic and potentially life-threatening events such as natural disasters, conflict and severe accidents can be part of the human experience, for approximately 5—10% of the Australian population, responses to these traumatic events consist of significant emotional distress and subsequent impairment in a person’s ability to live a satisfying life.
An awareness and ability to recognise the difference between normal and abnormal responses to traumatic events is imperative to facilitate early assessment and appropriate intervention to minimise long-term and often harmful consequences.
Healthcare professionals are in powerful positions to influence high-quality care, which ultimately leads to better treatment outcomes for people affected by PTSD.
The purpose of this Course is to provide learners with current knowledge about post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), its treatment, and how the experience of PTSD impacts upon the emotional wellbeing of the person and their family.
- Identify the signs and symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder to initiate early interventions in order to prevent adverse consequences of this condition occurring for the individual
- Link possible long-term behavioural and emotional consequences of PTSD on family members with the diagnosis of post-traumatic stress disorder in order to provide holistic care for all people affected by this disorder
- Use common treatment options available in order to assist people to manage symptoms of emotional distress associated with post-traumatic stress disorder
This Course is relevant to registered nurses, midwives and other health professionals who are caring for individuals and families who show signs and symptoms of emotional distress associated with trauma.
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