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PTSD & Substance Abuse: Dual Diagnosis Overview & Treatment

Robyn D. Walser, PhD

CE Credit: 1 Hour

Target Audience: Psychology CE | Counseling CE | Social Work CE | Marriage & Family Therapy CE

Learning Level: Intermediate

Course Type: Online

Course Abstract

PTSD & Substance Abuse: Dual Diagnosis Overview & Treatment is a 1-hour online continuing education course that examines substance abuse problems commonly experienced by those who have experienced trauma. This course discusses the complex relationship between trauma/PTSD and substance use disorders and provides a background for understanding comorbid PTSD and substance abuse. Topics covered include assessment, practice guidelines, common issues and their implications for treatment, and empirically-based treatment considerations in traumatized/PTSD individuals. 

TBD Closeout Course #10-25 | 2007 | 12 pages | 12 posttest questions

Learning Objectives

1. Relate the complexity of the interaction and rates of PTSD and its comorbidity with substance abuse
2. Implement current practice guidelines and assessment issues related to PTSD and substance use
3. Examine treatment goals and problems when working with this dually diagnosed population

Professional Development Resources is approved by the American Psychological Association (APA) to sponsor continuing education for psychologists; by the National Board of Certified Counselors (NBCC) to offer home study continuing education for NCCs (#5590); the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB #1046, ACE Program); the Florida Boards of Clinical Social Work, Marriage & Family Therapy, and Mental Health Counseling (#BAP346) and Psychology & School Psychology (#50-1635); the Ohio Counselor, Social Worker & MFT Board (#RCST100501); the South Carolina Board of Professional Counselors & MFTs (#193); and the Texas Board of Examiners of Marriage & Family Therapists (#114) and State Board of Social Worker Examiners (#5678).


This online course provides instant access to the course materials (PDF download) and CE test. After enrolling, click on My Account and scroll down to My Active Courses. From here you’ll see links to download/print the course materials and take the CE test (you can print the test to mark your answers on it while reading the course document).

Successful completion of the online CE test (80% required to pass, 3 chances to take) and course evaluation are required to earn a certificate of completion. Click here to learn more.

About the Author(s)

Robyn D. Walser, PhD, is a psychologist for the National Center for PTSD at the Veterans Affairs Palo Alto Health Care System, California. Dr. Walser received her degree in Clinical Psychology from the University of Nevada-Reno. During her graduate studies she developed expertise in, traumatic stress, substance abuse and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). She is currently developing innovative ways to translate science-into-practice and is responsible for the dissemination of state-of-the-art knowledge and treatment, related to Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, to health care professionals and trainees across all VA facilities nationally. She is working on a number of web-based and educational PTSD products for both practitioners and veterans. In addition, she is responsible for several research projects investigating use of mindfulness and ACT in PTSD populations, plus PTSD in the geriatric population.

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