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CPD1h of CPD
Total Rating(s)206
First Published
Updated25 April 2018
Expires 25 April 2021
Recorded InMelbourne, Australia

Course Overview

This Course will increase the awareness and recognition of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) whilst also promoting the resilience that individuals and families demonstrate to cope with a range of significant life challenges

  • What are normal and abnormal responses to trauma?
  • Diagnostic classification of PTSD
  • How does PTSD affect families and children?
  • Cognitive, pharmacological, and alternative treatment options for PTSD

Although traumatic and potentially life-threatening events such as natural disasters, conflict and severe accidents can be part of the human experience, for approximately 5—10% of the Australian population, responses to these traumatic events consist of significant emotional distress and subsequent impairment in a person’s ability to live a satisfying life.

An awareness and ability to recognise the difference between normal and abnormal responses to traumatic events is imperative to facilitate early assessment and appropriate intervention to minimise long-term and often harmful consequences.

Healthcare professionals are in powerful positions to influence high-quality care, which ultimately leads to better treatment outcomes for people affected by PTSD.


The purpose of this Course is to provide learners with current knowledge about post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), its treatment, and how the experience of PTSD impacts upon the emotional wellbeing of the person and their family.

Learning Outcomes
  • Identify the signs and symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder to initiate early interventions in order to prevent adverse consequences of this condition occurring for the individual
  • Link possible long-term behavioural and emotional consequences of PTSD on family members with the diagnosis of post-traumatic stress disorder in order to provide holistic care for all people affected by this disorder
  • Use common treatment options available in order to assist people to manage symptoms of emotional distress associated with post-traumatic stress disorder
Target Audience

This Course is relevant to registered nurses, midwives and other health professionals who are caring for individuals and families who show signs and symptoms of emotional distress associated with trauma.


No conflict of interest exists for anyone in the position to control content for this activity. Wherever possible, generic or non-proprietary names of medications or products have been used.


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Karen-Ann Clarke

Dr Karen-Ann Clarke is a registered nurse and a specialised mental health nurse with 30 years’ experience of working with individuals and families impacted by the experience of mental illness. Using a feminist narrative methodology, her PhD research explored the way that women diagnosed with depression made decisions and meanings about receiving electroconvulsive therapy. As a lecturer in nursing at USC, Karen-Ann is responsible for the coordination of mental health curricula across multiple undergraduate and postgraduate programs. Teaching in excess of 900 undergraduate students each year, she is passionate about the value that immersive mental health simulation can bring to student’s learning and clinical skills and the way that it can safely bring to life theoretical concepts related to mental healthcare. Karen-Ann currently supervises a number of honours, masters and PhD students and is part of numerous research projects, involving visualisation and simulation, mental illness, suicide prevention and the inclusion of people with lived experience of mental illness into the teaching and learning space. See Educator Profile

CPD1h of CPD
Total Rating(s)206
First Published
Updated25 April 2018
Expires 25 April 2021
Recorded InMelbourne, Australia
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Learner Reviews

206 Total Rating(s)
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Neil Neil
19 Nov 2019

Very well presented case study - clear, visual, and empowering.

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Rick Newman
18 Nov 2019

Outstanding activity, especially for those of us in the First Responder field. Not only for the benefit of our patients, but for our own personal well-being and that of our colleagues, so that we may be more vigilante to watch for deterioration.

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Nicole Louise Williams
13 Nov 2019

This was very well presented. I found this course to be very informative.

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Dellceea Maxwell
06 Nov 2019

Good presentation, engaging and informative.

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Caitlin Baile
05 Nov 2019

Easy to follow and quite engaging.

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Kristie Denholm
28 Oct 2019

Very insightful and well presented.

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Tania Ellerton
22 Oct 2019

Very useful

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Anna Carkeet
20 Oct 2019

good resource

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Christine Hardy
17 Oct 2019

This resource makes a sometimes difficult and overused subject very clear regarding what is ptsd, how it is classified, how it affects the patient as well as those people close to the patient, and what treatment options are effective as well as what are unhelpful therapies.

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Cathie Barrington
16 Oct 2019

very well presented, interesting and thought provoking both at work and home.