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Implementing PE During the COVID-19 Pandemic: Tips and Adaptations
Posted on 09/14/2020 by Stephanie Y. Wells, Ph.D., Emily R. Wilhite, Ph.D., Leslie A. Morland, PsyD & Carmen P. McLean, Ph.D.
The COVID-19 pandemic has brought new stressors and increased the potential for traumatic exposures. Home-based clinical videoconferencing allows patients to receive effective PTSD treatment that has been adapted for safe delivery during the pandemic. Clinical considerations when providing prolonged exposure therapy and suggestions for flexible adaptation are discussed. 
Should I initiate Cognitive Processing Therapy or Prolonged Exposure with my patient during the COVID-19 pandemic? Patient-, provider-, and system-level factors for consideration?
Posted on 08/31/2020 by Sarah L. Hagerty, PhD, Joseph Wielgosz, PhD, Jaclyn Kraemer, PhD, Hong Nguyen, PhD, Dorene Loew, PhD, and Debra Kaysen, PhD
Article outlines factors to consider when deciding whether and how to initiate Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT) or Prolonged Exposure (PE) for the treatment of PTSD with a given patient-provider pair during the COVID-19 pandemic. Analysis suggests key factors fall under three categories: patient factors, provider factors, and system-level factors.
How Patterns of Victimization Among LGBTQ Individuals Impact Mental and Physical Health
Posted on 08/22/2020 by Francesca Kassing, Ph.D., Tracy Casanova, Ph.D., James A. Griffin, Ph.D. and Lara M. Stepleman, Ph.D.
This study explored different patterns of victimization among LGBTQ individuals and the relationship to mental and physical health outcomes. Findings suggested polyvictimization was an important risk factor and that there is a diversity among LGBTQ individuals with regard to victimization classes and across different gender identities.