(Episode 5)

Treating PTSD with Prolonged Exposure & Cognitive Processing with Dr. David Paul

Dr. David Paul and Dr. Tamara Soles explore using Prolonged Exposure (PE) and Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT) to treat Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). The instructors introduce the elements to each approach, challenges, complications, and therapists’ attitudes as they relate to treating PTSD. In addition to reviewing imaginal and in-vivo exposures for PE and the steps involved in CPT, the differences between approaches is discussed as well as how to identify which approach is better for a client.

Continuing Education

This Podcast Episode Provides 1 Hour of CE Credit

Course Description

Dr. David Paul and Dr. Tamara Soles explore treating PTSD using Prolonged Exposure and Cognitive Processing Therapy. The instructors introduce the elements to each approach, challenges, complications, and therapists' attitudes as they relate to treatment.

Instructor's bio

Dr. Paul completed a doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology at McGill University in 2009. He worked as Clinical Coordinator at the Veterans Affairs Canada Operational Stress Injury Clinic in Edmonton from 2009 to 2012, and as a Clinical Psychologist with the Department of National Defence between 2013 and 2018. Dr. Paul’s primary clinical focus is the treatment of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) using empirically validated cognitive-behavioural therapies. He is certified as a Prolonged Exposure (PE) Therapist, Supervisor, and Trainer by The Center for the Treatment and Study of Anxiety at the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Paul also has training and supervision in the use of Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT) to treat PTSD. Other areas of expertise include Exposure and Response Prevention (EX/RP) for Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, and behavioural and cognitive-behavioural treatment of panic, social anxiety, worry, phobias, insomnia, depression, and body-focused repetitive behaviours (e.g., trichotillomania, skin-picking).
Dr. Tamara Soles' Bio

Learning Objectives

  • Describe the two main components of Prolonged Exposure to treat Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
  • Identify two differences between Prolonged Exposure and Cognitive Processing Therapy to treat PTSD
  • Describe two key concepts from Cognitive Processing Therapy
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How to Take the Course

Once you choose a course that interests you, simply click the enroll button to register for the course. You will be prompted to create your login information and then be directed to the course curriculum where you will have access to the episode, the learning objectives, and the post-test. Once you successfully complete the post-test, your CE certificate will appear on screen and can be downloaded. You can listen to the course episode directly on the course website or on your favourite podcast app.

How to Get Your Certificate

After listening to the course episode, you will be prompted to take the multiple choice post-test. To receive your continuing education credit certificate, you need to achieve a score of 70% of more. You may retake the post-test up to three times. Once successfully completed, the certificate will appear in your course area where you can download it.

Commercial Support

No commercial support was provided. Dr. David Paul runs an online workshop for Prolonged Therapy to treat PTSD.


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Course Format

This course is presented in audio format via podcast interview. The course is designed for post-doctoral psychologists and is an introductory level.

Look what my podcast listeners have to say

Dr. Tamara Soles skillfully dives into meaningful conversations about a variety of topics that not only relate to therapy but also translate to many other aspects of life. This podcast is thought-provoking and keeps the listener completely engaged. The exchanges are lighthearted, humorous at times, and purposeful. A worthwhile listen, simply delightful!
I have enjoyed every single episode of this podcast. Dr. Soles and her guests have done an awesome job talking about meaningful topic and sending important message about mental health while still keeping the discussions entertaining and light. Love it!
This inspiring and thought provoking hour has 50 minutes that will elevate your practice and life.
Rachel R.
Dr. Soles is very down to earth and relatable, yet professional. She asks excellent questions and makes important points. She manages to make her guests feel comfortable and elicits a friendly vibe. As a therapist I find myself learning, as well as relating to the speakers. Thank you for this excellent podcast!

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Continuing Education Approvals

Dr. Tamara Soles is approved by the American Psychological Association and the Canadian Psychological Association to offer continuing education for psychologists. Dr. Tamara Soles maintains responsibility for the program.

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