Fairfax-Falls Church Community Services Board

Fairfax County, Virginia

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Daryl Washington,
Executive Director

Practice Exposure Therapy online training


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Practice Exposure Therapy is an online learning experience for mental health providers to learn why and how to apply prolonged exposure (PE) therapy with adult patients suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

Participants engage in simulated therapy sessions with fully-animated virtual patients who act like real patients suffering from PTSD. Patients include a military veteran, a victim of childhood abuse, and a survivor of sexual assault.

Participants learn to:

  • Recognize symptoms of PTSD and suitable treatment options;
  • Identify patients for whom Practice Exposure Therapy is appropriate;
  • Practice conversations with virtual patients to present treatment options, address their concerns and engage them in the treatment;
  • Use breathing relaxation techniques with patients;
  • Structure and direct in vivo and imaginal exposure;
  • Promote patients' full emotional engagement; and
  • Practice provider self-care techniques.

Practice Exposure Therapy is approved for 6.0 American Psychological Association (APA) continuing education credits (CE) and was developed by Kognito in collaboration with the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.

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About the training provider – Fairfax County has contracted with Kognito, a leader in online and mobile learning experiences for our online youth suicide prevention training. Kognito’s online courses use role-play conversations with virtual humans to prepare users to effectively manage challenging conversations about health. Several empirical studies have shown that Kognito simulations result in statistically significant and sustainable changes in user's attitudes, skills, and behaviors.
Privacy of information on Kognito website – In some of their sites, Kognito collects personally identifiable information, like names, postal addresses, email addresses, etc., to allow users to open an individual, password-protected account to access the site and content. Kognito will not sell, give or rent your name or any other part of the information you provide to other parties. Kognito uses return email addresses to provide you with information about your account, progress in the course, and optional and anonymous surveys. Read Kognito’s Privacy Policy for complete information.
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