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Prolonged Exposure Therapy for PTSD:
4-Day Intensive Provider Training

Live In-Person Training in Washington, DC

Meets Training Requirement for PE Certification

Workshop Information

A Live In-Person 4-day/25-hour CE (Continuing Education) intensive course in Prolonged Exposure Therapy (PE), an evidence-based treatment for PTSD. Help clients with emotional processing of traumatic experiences.
Presenter is a Certified PE Trainer- course satisfies training requirement for certification.

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Are you interested in learning how to effectively treat your most challenging trauma cases? Chronic PTSD can be a particularly difficult condition for even the most seasoned clinician to treat and without the proper tools or roadmap can leave the therapist feeling helpless and ineffective while the client continues suffering from this debilitating condition. 

While some people can recover from experiencing a traumatic event without lingering symptoms, some individuals develop a series of complicated symptoms that interfere with their daily life and may be indicative of a PTSD diagnosis. These symptoms may include things like intrusive memories or flashbacks, distressing dreams, avoidance of specific people, places or things that remind one of the trauma, irritability, or angry outbursts, being easily startled or frightened, trouble concentrating or sleeping and more. 

Experiencing trauma is not rare. Many people will experience a traumatic event at some point in their lifetime. It is estimated that about 60% of men and 50% of women will experience a traumatic event at least one time in their life (PTSD, These numbers demonstrate the need for therapists to be well prepared to treat PTSD quickly and effectively. 

Prolonged Exposure Therapy (PE) is a highly effective evidenced based treatment that was developed to treat individuals suffering with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder quickly (8 to 15 sessions) and effectively. PE was developed by Edna Foa, Director of the Center for the Treatment and Study of Anxiety (CTSA) at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and continues to be regarded as one of the most effective treatments for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). 

This intensive 4-day program lead by Certified Prolonged Exposure Trainer Stephanie Hamski will provide advanced training in Prolonged Exposure (PE) Therapy. Over the course of these 4 days, the basic components of PE will be covered as well as, the theoretical and empirical support for PE. Attendees will receive session by session instruction on how to conduct PE Therapy while utilizing the PE manual. Attendees will also receive instruction in how to modify PE procedures to tailor the treatment to the individual client’s experience. Learning will take place using a variety of formats including: lecture, discussion, videotaped therapy sessions, participant role plays with feedback from instructor. 

Attendees will leave this workshop with the knowledge and tools needed to effectively implement PE therapy in their clinical practice. Completion of this course is the first step to become a Certified PE Therapist. This course has been approved by the Center for Treatment and Study of Anxiety (CTSA) at UPenn. 

Course Level: Advanced

Target Audience: Social Workers, Licensed Professional Counselors, Psychologists, Addictions Counselors, other mental health professionals
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Date: Mon-Thurs, July 31-August 3, 2023

/Coffee and Light Refreshments:
8:30am ET Each Day


Workshop Timing:
9:00am-5:00pm ET Mon-Weds July 31-Aug 2
9:00am-4:00pm ET Thurs, Aug 3 (last day of training)

The DC Bar Association Headquarters
901 4th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20001
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Cost (includes 25.0 CE Credits and Morning Coffee/Light Refreshments)
Valid for PE Certification Status see below

$1299* ADVANCED Early Through May 31, 2023

$1449 after May 31, 2023

*Payment plan for Advanced early rate available  -
Learn more and submit your pay plan request HERE

Registration: Registration closes 2 weeks prior to the training. Participants may register online (click Register Now below)

Presenter: Stephanie Hamski, MA, LPC, Certified PE Trainer

CE Credits: 25.0 Live In-Person CE Credits
Valid for: 

  • ASWB ACE Approved Provider Credits

  • Maryland Social Work Category I CE Credits 

  • DC Social Work CE Credits 


See below for credit details and state acceptance


About Prolonged Exposure Therapy and Certification

What is Prolonged Exposure Therapy?
Prolonged Exposure Therapy is a short term (8 to 15 sessions) specific type of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy designed to help clients struggling with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Prolonged Exposure Therapy teaches a client to gradually approach trauma related feelings, memories or situations that they have been avoiding since experiencing the trauma to reduce PTSD symptoms and improve their quality of life.  Prolonged Exposure Therapy has been well researched and found to be one of the most effective treatments for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder PTSD). 

Prolonged Exposure Therapy At-A-Glance

  • PE is a highly effective treatment for chronic PTSD and has been empirically validated with more than 20 years of research. 

  •  PE is based on cognitive-behavioral principals. 

  • PE is a structured therapy with a comprehensive manual to assist the therapist in clinical application of each session. However, PE is also a flexible therapy that can be modified to fit the needs of individual clients

  • A treatment that produces clinically significant improvement in a short amount of time (8-15 sessions). 

Additional Information on Prolonged Exposure Therapy:

US Department of Veterans Affairs Prolonged Exposure Therapy

UPenn Center for Treatment and Study of Anxiety (CTSA)

Prolonged Exposure Therapy (PE) Certification Requirements:

  • Completion of the 4-day Intensive Workshop in Prolonged Exposure Therapy conducted by a CTSA certified PE trainer (*This training satisfies this requirement)

  • Completion of PE Consultation (at least two full PE cases under a certified PE consultant). For more information on PE Consultation please visit:

  • Recommendation of the certified PE consultant to certify the therapist. 

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Stephanie Hamski, MA, LPC

Certified PE Trainer through the Center for the Treatment and Study of Anxiety (CTSA)

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Stephanie Hamski (she/her/hers) is a Licensed Professional Counselor who received her MA in Clinical Counseling at the Citadel Gradate College. Upon completing her internship in the PTSD specialty clinic at Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center, she was hired as a protocol therapist in the research department where she continues to work full time in addition to opening a private practice part time. Stephanie has received rigorous training by world renowned Dr. Edna Foa, the developer of PE, and her team at the Center for the Treatment and Study of Anxiety to become a PE certified therapist, consultant and trainer.

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After attending this course, participants will be able to…

  1. Describe the diagnosis and psychopathology of PTSD

  2. Describe emotional processing theory as it relates to Prolonged Exposure Therapy for PTSD

  3. Describe empirically-supported, psychotherapeutic treatments for chronic PTSD and the comparative efficacy of these treatment approaches

  4. Explain how clients can be helped to emotionally engage in and process traumatic memories, with the aim of reducing trauma-related symptoms and difficulties

  5. Apply psychoeducational treatment components of Prolonged Exposure Therapy for PTSD

  6. Construct an in-vivo exposure hierarchy that includes a range of situations that safely and effectively promote learning while expanding the client’s world.

  7. Develop in-vivo exposure to safe but avoided trauma reminders with patients

  8. Identify an appropriate index trauma to focus on in Prolonged Exposure Therapy for PTSD

  9. Use imaginal exposure to memories of traumatic events

  10. Choose hot spots with patients and implement hot spots procedures

  11. Identify and address avoidance in PE sessions

  12. Identify and address over- and under-engagement in imaginal exposure

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Maryland CEU Institute, #1816, is approved to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Organizations, not individual courses, are approved as ACE providers. State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit. Maryland CEU Institute maintains responsibility for this course. ACE provider approval period: 05/04/2022 – 05/04/2023. Social workers completing this course receive 25.0 continuing education credits.


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  • New Jersey accepts only individual approved courses/conferences (see more information under Maryland Social Work Accreditation)

  • New York does not accept ASWB ACE provider or course/conference approval.

  • *West Virginia accepts ACE providers and courses for programs offered outside the state or through distance learning.


25.0 Category I Maryland Social Work CE Credits

Maryland CEU Institute/Optimal Life Solutions, LLC is an approved sponsor of the Maryland Board of Social Work Examiners (under the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene) for continuing education credits.

MD Social Work Credits are also accepted for: 
Maryland Licensed Professional Counselors
Maryland Licensed Psychologists
Maryland Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists
Maryland Addictions Counselors

Maryland CEU Institute are also approved for credit through the DC Board of Social Work.

*New Jersey regulations state that credits are accepted for attendance at programs or courses approved by boards that license social work practice in other states: one credit for each hour of attendance. Additional information can be found here. Chapter 13:44G-6.4 C11


PLEASE NOTE: Even when a social work board accepts courses offering ASWB ACE credit, licensees are responsible for determining whether courses meet the CE requirements in their jurisdictions. States and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether any individual course may be accepted for credit. We strongly suggest that licensees contact their individual licensing boards to review continuing education requirements for licensure renewal.

We do our best keep our information current, but state laws sometimes change without notice. Please remember it is your responsibility for interpreting your state’s laws, licensure requirements, course relevancy and all requirements for your state.

If you are aware of a change in your requirements that is not shown here, please send us an email at or complete our Contact Us form. 



If all of the above criteria are met attendees will receive a paper certificate at the conclusion of the course after submission of required course evaluation. See Terms of Service for full details.

  • Materials copyright and confidentiality:

    • You must agree not to copy or distribute workshop materials provided to you in the course of the workshop.

    • Since authentic patient videos are utilized during the training, you must agree to abide by all applicable rules of confidentiality and HIPAA compliance, including but not limited to no audio or video-recording of the workshop in any form.

Refund and Cancellations:

Attendees may receive a partial refund for this course minus a $100 administrative fee up until one month prior to the training. After June 30 no refunds may be provided but those who can no longer attend may request a full credit towards a future training up until 2 weeks prior to the training (July 17 at 11:59pm ET). After this date NO credits or refunds can be provided for cancellations. To request a refund or cancellation please submit the required information through our Contact page. Please visit our Terms of Service for full refund and cancellation policies.

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Complaints or Grievances: 
All complaints or concerns must be submitted in writing by:

Submitting a Contact Form

Emailing concerns to

An email will be sent to acknowledge receipt and complaints will be responded to within 30 days. For full MD CEU Institute Grievance policy information visit our Terms of Service page.

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