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Vermont Center on Behavior and Health
Integrated, Exposure-Based Treatment of Co-Occurring PTSD and Substance Use Disorders
Sudie Back, PhD is a professor and director of the NIH-sponsored Drug Abuse Research Training (DART) programs at the Medical University of South Carolina. Dr. Back will provide attendees knowledge regarding the common co-occurrence of PTSD and substance use disorders (SUD) and methods for treating this comorbidity. Integrated treatment is designed to address both PTSD and SUD concurrently in the same treatment episode. Concurrent Treatment of PTSD and Substance Use Disorders Using Prolonged Exposure (“COPE”) is a 12-session, evidence-based, integrated psychosocial treatment that combines imaginal and in vivo exposure for PTSD with relapse prevention for SUD. Research demonstrates that COPE leads to significant reductions in PTSD severity and substance use among civilians and military veterans. This presentation will provide information regarding the research to date in this area as well as future directions.

Participants in this lecture should be able to 1) describe the prevalence and correlates of PTSD and substance use disorders (SUD); 2) Compare sequential and integrated psychosocial treatment approaches for PTSD/SUD; 3) Understand the primary treatment components of the COPE integrated intervention; 4) Understand how to utilize prolonged exposure among individuals with co-occurring SUD; and 5) Summarize the research to date on integrated treatment for PTSD/SUD.

Apr 21, 2021 12:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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