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A Comprehensive Guide to Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)


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About The Course

Learn how to identify and diagnose post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) accurately. Be equipped with knowledge on the features and symptoms of PTSD, the neurobiology of PTSD, and the management options available to patients. Know the differences in PTSD phenotypes and how these can impact patients’ lives. The course empowers learners to create effective, individualized treatment plans, deepening their understanding of the complexities and nuances of post-traumatic stress disorder.

What You'll Learn

  • Identify the clinical features and symptoms of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Explore the neurobiology of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Consider the differences in Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) phenotypes
  • Identify how to correctly diagnose patients with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Explore a range of management options for patients with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

Course Programme

7 Units | 18 Modules | 2.5 hours total length

  • What Is Psychological Trauma?
  • Cluster of Symptoms for Psychological Trauma
  • When Does Psychological Trauma Become Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)?
  • Stages of development of PTSD
  • Neuroendocrine features of PTSD
  • Neurochemical features of PTSD
  • Neuroanatomic features of PTSD
  • Differences in Post Traumatic Disorder (PTSD) Phenotypes
  • Integrated Model of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Symptoms of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Diagnostic Tool for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Risk Assessment for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Application Through a Case Study
  • Important concepts of PTSD treatment
  • Psychotherapy
  • Trauma-Focused Therapy
  • Non-Trauma-Focused Therapy
  • Pharmacotherapy
  • Australian Guidelines for the Prevention and Treatment of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Application Through a Case Study
  • Knowledge Check

Course Description

A Comprehensive Guide to Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

Psychological trauma typically arises from direct exposure to, or witnessing of, traumatic or life-threatening events, either personally or vicariously. This exposure often precipitates psychological responses, including intense fear, horror, and a sense of helplessness. Such experiences may lead to enduring or transient psychological sequelae, manifesting as a constellation of symptoms across physical, cognitive, emotional, and behavioral domains.

For most patients who have experienced a traumatic event, the trauma is acute and transient and results in minimal functional impairment. For some patients, however, the symptoms persist, and this is termed Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). A PTSD diagnosis was originally considered a normal response to an extreme situation; however, the presence of symptoms for an extended period of time beyond one month is indicative of an abnormal adaptation in the brain.

This in-depth course on Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is designed for psychiatrists, healthcare professionals, psychologists, and anyone interested in understanding this complex mental health condition. This course offers a multifaceted exploration of post-traumatic stress disorder, providing learners with the essential knowledge to support those affected by this challenging condition.

We begin by identifying the clinical features and symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder. Participants will gain an in-depth understanding of the neurobiology of PTSD, uncovering the intricate brain mechanisms and neurochemical pathways involved. You will also learn the differences between Post Traumatic Stress Disorder phenotypes and why this matters clinically. 

The course focuses extensively on the correct diagnostic methods, providing you with tools such as PTSD diagnostic criteria to help you identify and diagnose PTSD accurately in accordance with the PTSD guidelines set by the DSM-5 and ICD-11. 

Finally, we explore a range of management options for patients with post-traumatic stress disorder. From conventional therapy approaches to innovative treatments, we cover the breadth of PTSD treatment guidelines. This module empowers practitioners with diverse strategies to create personalized, effective PTSD treatment plans, ultimately improving patient outcomes.

A Comprehensive Guide to Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is not just a course on PTSD clinical guidelines; it’s a pathway to deeper understanding and more effective intervention in the lives of those affected by PTSD. Join us to expand your knowledge and skills in tackling this significant mental health challenge.



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Diagnose post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) accurately by knowing its features, symptoms, neurobiology, phenotypes, management, and treatment options.

Course Information

  • 2.5 hours
  • 2.5 CPD


  • 2 hrs of interactive course material
  • 0.5 hours of video
  • Reading material and case studies
  • Self-assessment
  • Certificate of Completion

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Sanil Rege Dr. Sanil Rege MBBS, MRCPsych, FRANZCP

Dr. Sanil Rege is an educator and consultant psychiatrist with dual psychiatry qualifications from the United Kingdom and Australia.

With extensive teaching experience through various psychiatry education initiatives, Dr. Rege is renowned as a motivational training facilitator who promotes interaction and discussion. As the Academic Lead of Psych Scene and Chief Editor of Psych Scene Hub, he aspires to make a difference in mental health by empowering healthcare professionals to advance their skills and career through specialized training.

Dr. Rege is also founder of Vita Healthcare, a private clinic in Mount Eliza specializing in mental health. He has over 10 years of private practice experience treating disorders across the spectrum, currently working in the community, in-patient, consultation-liaison and addiction psychiatry.

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