Introduction to Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder for Massage Therapists

About the Course:
This course will discuss Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and is designed to increase your awareness about this condition. Since touch can reactivate trauma, you should be aware that the condition exists and there are particular methods of massage therapy that address the special circumstances of individuals with PTSD. The course will provide information about how to identify PTSD and list several modalities that combine bodywork and psychotherapy.

Learning Objectives:
After completing the course, the student should be able to:
  • Identify symptoms of PTSD.
  • Distinguish between acute stress disorder and PTSD.
  • Explain why some individuals may be more likely than others to experience PTSD, and list some of the possible factors involved.
  • Describe the population first associated with PTSD.
  • Define dissociation and explain how it occurs.
  • List a number of modalities that combine bodywork and psychology.
  • List four types of psychotherapy that have proven especially effective in treating PTSD.
  • Describe three tenets of Trauma Touch Therapy.
  • Refer to chapter resources for further information.