Conference Schedule

8:30       Registration

9:00       Definitions of Key Terms

10:00    Break

10:15    Disparities in Trauma Epidemiology and Assessment

12:00     Lunch (ON YOUR OWN)

1:00       Disparities in Service Utilization and Adapted Treatments

2:30       Break     

2:45       Case Presentation with Q & A

4:30       Program ends

Course Description

The American Psychological Association (APA) has recently issued its first treatment guidelines instructing optimal treatment for posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). In the spirit of evidence-based practice, these guidelines must be applied in the context of “patient characteristics, culture, and preferences.” This course will examine the complexities of traumatic stress as they pertain to matters of culture, race, and ethnicity. Topics will include ethnocultural variation in presenting symptoms, prevalence, assessment, and service utilization. Explanations for this variation will be explored and scrutinized with empirical evidence. Cultural adaptation of evidence-based treatments will be described. Lastly, a case presentation will illustrate one way of applying the new guidelines while also honoring complexity. 

Nnamdi Pole, Ph.D., is Professor of Psychology at Smith College and Chair of the Smith College Institutional Review Board (IRB). He has taught both undergraduate and graduate students in a number of institutions including UC Berkeley, the University of Michigan, the Wright Institute, Alliant University, and the Smith College School for Social Work. His primary research focuses on posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) including its sociodemographic variations. He is a licensed clinical psychologist, former Board Member of the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies (ISTSS), and former Associate Editor of Psychological Bulletin. He also serves on the Editorial Boards of the Journal of Anxiety Disorders and Psychological Trauma: Theory, Research, Practice, and Policy. He has also served on the American Psychological Association Trauma Division (56) Executive Committee.


By attending this conference participants will be able to:

  1. Identify the treatments for posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) recommended by the American Psychological Association.
  2. Describe ethno-racial disparities in trauma exposure, PTSD rates, and PTSD service utilization.
  3. Identify evidence-based explanations for ethno-racial trauma disparities.
  4. Appropriately adapt evidence-based PTSD treatments for ethno-racially diverse clientele

Psychological Trauma and Its Complexities:

A Consideration of Race, Culture, and

the New APA PTSD Treatment Guidelines

Nnamdi Pole, Ph.D.

Professor of Psychology, Smith College

Main Street Landing (Gallery Room)


CE Workshop-April 20, 2018


Continuing Education Credits:  The Vermont Psychological Association is approved by the American Psychological Association and the Vermont Board of Psychological Examiners to sponsor continuing education for psychologists.  VPA maintains responsibility for this program and its content.  CE certificates for six (6) continuing education credits will be awarded to participants who attend the entire workshop and complete the evaluation form.  Partial credits will not be awarded.  Late arrival or early departure will preclude receipt of a certificate.

Registration/Refund Policy:  Registration at the door is welcome, but is on a space-available basis only; all registrations at the door are $195.  No refunds will be offered for this program.

At Main Street Landing:  Parking is available in the area surrounding Main Street Landing.  Click HERE to find the available parking lots for this event.

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Who Should Attend:  Psychologists, mental health counselors, social workers, & other mental health professionals.

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