Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

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CPD1h of CPD
First Published
Updated15 April 2021
Expires 15 April 2022
Recorded InMelbourne, Australia

Course Overview

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 to 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. Other people may experience threats to life or safety through intentional violence, acts of terrorism and physical/sexual assaults, which also contribute to the experience of significant emotional disturbance and threats to the person’s emotional wellbeing. Trauma is felt not only by the person directly but also affects members of their family, often across multiple generations.

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 harmful consequences.


To provide current knowledge about post-traumatic stress disorder and its treatment, and how the experience impacts the emotional wellbeing of the person and their family.

Learning Outcomes
  • 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 post-traumatic stress disorder on family members in order to provide holistic care for all people affected.
  • Use common treatment options available in order to assist people to manage symptoms of emotional distress associated with post-traumatic stress disorder.
Target Audience

Healthcare professionals who are caring for individuals and families who show signs and symptoms of emotional distress associated with trauma.


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CPD1h of CPD
First Published
Updated15 April 2021
15 April 2022
Recorded InMelbourne, Australia
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