Treatment and Assessment of Co-occurring PTSD and SUDs
- Provide a definition of trauma and posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) according to the DSM-V
- Present an overview of PTSD prevalence
- Review helpful assessment tools and strategies
- Review effective treatment approaches for PTSD
- Discuss specific considerations for working with rural populations and individuals with concurrent PTSD and substance use disorder
Kelly Peck, PhD
Dr. Peck is the Director of Clinical Operations for the UVM Center on Rural Addiction. He is an Assistant Professor with joint appointments in the Departments of Psychiatry and Psychological Science at UVM. He received his PhD in Clinical Psychology from the University of Mississippi. His primary research and clinical interests are two-fold. First, he has conducted research focused on the development and evaluation of novel treatments for opioid use disorder (OUD). Second, he has worked extensively to address co-occurring post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in individuals with substance use disorders, particularly around the delivery and evaluation of cognitive-behavioral treatments for PTSD. Dr. Peck is currently conducting a randomized clinical trial aimed at developing and evaluating a novel Prolonged Exposure (PE) therapy protocol for improving PE therapy attendance and PTSD symptom severity among individuals with co-occurring PTSD and OUD.