Posttraumatic Stress Disorder: Dental Implications and Management, 2nd Ed. is organized by Western Schools and will be held from Dec 02, 2016 - Dec 01, 2019. This Course has been approved for a maximum of 3 continuing education credits.
Traumatic events have lasting effects on some individuals, causing repeated re-experiences of the events as nightmares or flashbacks, and even coping mechanisms such as avoidance of trauma-related stimuli, numbed responsiveness, and increased alertness to surroundings. These symptoms describe a condition known as posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), which often follows the experience or witnessing of life-threatening events such as terrorist incidents, military combat, natural disasters, serious accidents, or violent personal assaults. Such experiences are quite common and have been identified throughout recorded human history.
With the United States' continued military action around the world and increasing instances globally and domestically of terrorist attacks, mass shootings, and other violent events, dental professionals may see increasing numbers of trauma survivors with PTSD as part of their patient population. Therefore, dental professionals should be able to recognize the signs and symptoms of PTSD and its possible dental implications. This basic-level course provides an overview of PTSD, including its causes, physical and mental symptoms, and oral manifestations. The course discusses the treatment of PTSD and management of its dental consequences. In addition, the occurrence of PTSD in dental personnel (e.g., forensic dentists) who are involved in recovery efforts following a traumatic event is discussed.
Additional details will be posted as soon as they are available.
Psychiatry, Clinical Psychology, Dentistry