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Online Workshop via Zoom
Bonus: receive 60-day access to the recording when you register!


The Clinician Administered PTSD Scale (CAPS-5) 
Gold standard in PTSD assessment
with Suzy Matthijssen, Ph.D

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$195 CAD + tax

$165 USD

Friday, November 8, 2024

10:00 AM to 4:45 PM Eastern 7:00 AM - 1:45 PM Pacific CA/USA 8:00 AM - 2:45 PM Mountain CA/USA 3:00 PM - 9:45 PM London, UK 4:00 PM - 10:45 PM Madrid, Spain 4:00 PM - 10:45 PM Berlin, Germany 4:00 PM - 10:45 PM Copenhagen, Denmark 5:00 PM - 11:45 PM Helsinki, Finland

Live Online via Zoom

Video via Home Study 

(60 days access)




$195 CAD + tax

$165 USD


Psychologists, Social Workers, Psychotherapists, MFTs, LPCs, graduate-level Counselors, any other mental health professionals/providers.

Workshop Description

The Clinician Administered PTSD Scale (CAPS) is the gold standard in PTSD assessment. The CAPS was designed to be administered by clinicians and clinical researchers who have a working knowledge of PTSD but can also be administered by appropriately trained paraprofessionals. The full interview takes 45-60 minutes to administer.

The CAPS-5 is a 30-item structured interview that can be used to:

  • Make current (past month) diagnosis of PTSD

  • Make lifetime diagnosis of PTSD

  • Assess PTSD symptoms over the past week


In addition to assessing the 20 DSM-5 PTSD symptoms, questions target the onset and duration of symptoms, subjective distress, impact of symptoms on social and occupational functioning, improvement in symptoms since a previous CAPS administration, overall response validity, overall PTSD severity, and specifications for the dissociative subtype (depersonalization and derealization). For each symptom, standardized questions and probes are provided. Administration requires identification of an index traumatic event to serve as the basis for symptom inquiry. The Life Events Checklist for DSM-5 (LEC-5) is recommended in addition to the Criterion A inquiry included in the CAPS-5.

In this training, participants will learn to administer the CAPS-5 and use this information in treatment planning and evaluation.  The training will include detailed explanations of the nuances in administering and interpreting this diagnostic tool. It will also include a demonstration. This training is led by expert trainer Suzy Matthijssen PhD, who is a leading diagnostician, clinician, clinical supervisor, researcher, and co-developer of EMDR 2.0.

Learning Objectives 

Participants will be able to:

  1. Describe what a single index trauma is and how it is used as the basis of symptom inquiry.

  2. Explain the difference between PTSD and CPTSD diagnostics.

  3. Assess for symptoms in Cluster B with the CAPS-5.

  4. Assess for symptoms in Cluster C with the CAPS-5.

  5. Assess for symptoms in Cluster D with the CAPS-5.

  6. Assess for symptoms in Cluster E with the CAPS-5.

  7. Discuss features of the LEC-5 and when to use it.

  8. Describe the purpose and scope of the PCL-5.

The Envision Difference

100 % online:  Develop your skills from the comfort of your home or office via Zoom.

Live Q&A:  Ask questions during the live Q & A with the presenter and participants.

60 Days access:  Can't attend live?  Watch later. 60 days of access to the workshop recording and materials and receive a certificate with CEs for home study learning. *Exception applies, see CE section below


Workshop Schedule - Eastern Time (ET) 

10:00 am - 11:30 am

  • The importance of measuring and different measurement tools

  • The difference between PTSD and CPTSD and the importance of it

  • Introduction of the CAPS-5 and the LEC-5 and how to select an index trauma & general rules of scoring in the CAPS 5

  • Live Q & A

11:30 am - 11:45 am

Break - 15 minutes

11:45 am - 12:30 pm

  • Cluster B symptoms – explanation and practice

  • Cluster C symptoms – explanation

  • Live Q & A

12:30 pm - 1:15 pm

Break - 45 minutes

1:15 pm - 2:45 pm

  • Cluster C symptoms – practice

  • Cluster D symptoms – explanation and practice

2: 45 pm - 3:00 pm

Break - 15 minutes

3:00 pm - 4:45 pm

  • Cluster E symptoms – explanation and practice

  • Live Q & A

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About Dr. Suzy Matthijssen, Clinical Psychologist

Suzy Matthijssen, Ph.D. is a clinical psychologist-psychotherapist, senior researcher, cognitive behavioral therapist, psychotraumatherapist NtVP, NRGD registered pro justice reporter, EMDR supervisor and is a lecturer at university and post-doctorate psychology specialization programs. The focus of the research she conducts is on the optimization of trauma treatments. She works at the Altrecht Academic Anxiety Centre where she is head of an intensive trauma treatment program and she is expert leader on PTSS. She is connected to Utrecht University. She is involved in research on the enhancement of trauma therapy, intensive trauma treatments and working mechanisms of trauma therapy. She is the vice president of the Dutch EMDR association, is in the scientific committee of EMDR Europe and is a member of the Council of Scholars; the Future of EMDR project.

CE credit

Continuing Education (CE) Credits:
6 CE credits/contact hours awarded
*CE credits also available for the home study version!
See our FAQ section below for more information

Association of Social Work Board (ASWB)  Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program.

Envision Counselling and Consulting, Inc., #1895, is approved to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Organizations, not individual courses, are approved as ACE providers. State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit. Envision Counselling and Consulting, Inc., maintains responsibility for this course. ACE provider approval period: 01/19/2024 – 01/19/2025. Social workers participating in this course receive 6 clinical continuing education credits.


American Psychological Association (APA)  

Envision Counselling & Consulting, Inc. is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Envision Counselling & Consulting, Inc. maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

National Board for Certified Counselors 

Envision Counselling and Consulting has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 7241. Programs that do not qualify  for NBCC credit are clearly identified. Envision Counselling and Consulting is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.

Canadian Psychological Association (CPA)  

Envision Counselling & Consulting, Inc. is approved by the Canadian Psychological Association to offer continuing education for psychologists. Envision Counselling & Consulting, Inc. maintains responsibility for the program.  


6 EC Program Approval Number: #18032-117 EMDRIA

Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association (CCPA) 

6 CEC pending approval

The BC Association of Clinical Counsellors (BCACC)

This workshop is eligible for 6 CE Credits.

Please ensure to check with your individual state boards/regulatory body to verify Continuing Education Credit Hours requirements and if the workshop you are planning to take qualifies. Licensing Boards change regulations often and while we attempt to stay abreast of their most recent changes, if you have questions or concerns about a specific course meeting your specific board’s approval, we recommend you contact your board directly to obtain a ruling.





What are the requirements for obtaining CEs?

Participants must have paid the tuition fee, logged in at the start of the live interactive webinar and logged out at the end, and attended the entire webinar to receive a certificate. Attendees will need to sign in by typing their first and last name in the chat box at the start of the workshop and sign out by typing their first and last name in the chat box at the end of the workshop. Failure to sign in or out will result in forfeiture of credit for the entire workshop. No exceptions will be made. Partial credit is not available. An evaluation form will be made available to attendees at the end of the live workshop. The link to the evaluation form will be posted in the chat box. Certificates will be available following workshop completion. If participants cannot be present live for the entire workshop, they will have the option to watch the recording (home study) version of the presentation and will have access to Self-Study CE credits after completion of a short quiz.

Do I have to pay extra for CE credits?

No. The cost of CE credits is included with your workshop registration fee.​

If I cannot attend live, can I still get CE credits?

Yes. You can access the recording in the home study version, watch it in its entirety, and then pass a quiz with a score of 75% or higher. After taking the quiz, you will be able to download a certificate as proof of completion.

How do I access the home study version when it becomes available?

You will be emailed five (5) business days after the live event with instructions on how you can access Envision's online learning platform. Sign in to your online account: Locate the email and click on your personal sign-in link to set your password. You cannot locate the email we sent? Login directly through the platform. Copy and paste the link below into your web browser: To login, use the email address you provided when you registered for the workshop. To create your password, click on "Forgot Password" and set up a password for your account. If you already have an account and password, use those credentials to login.

How long do I have to review the recording?

You will have 60 days to review the recording. The recording will be made available approximately five (5) business days after the live workshop.

What is the refund policy?

Refunds on purchased tickets are available up until 15 days before the date of the live workshop. There is no refund after this date. Refunds will include the ticket price less a $50 processing fee for all refunds/price adjustments. *Prices subject to change. Refunds within 15 days of workshops will be in the form of a workshop credit. These credits do not expire. Please email if cancellation is required.

If I have special needs or require accommodations, what do I do?

Email at least five (5) business days prior to the live workshop to request accommodations or discuss your needs. Envision cannot ensure accommodations without adequate prior notification.

If I have a complaint or grievance, who do I contact?

Please email All grievances must be in writing and will be replied to within 5 - 10 business days.

Is there commercial support or a conflict of interest for this presentation?

Suzy Matthijssen receives a speaking honorarium from Envision. There are no known conflicts of interests for this program. Envision does not receive any financial support for this presentation. Literature may be referred to during the presentation. Envision will not receive any book royalties and was not offered any financial incentives for the mention of those books. Please note that authors of these books will get a royalty from any sale made of their books as per their agreement with the publishing company. For more information on any potential conflict of interest or financial support, attendees may email Envision at

What are the course interaction and system requirements?

This live workshop is fully interactive. Attendees may ask questions throughout the presentation and participate in instructor-led discussions. System requirements: • Operating Systems: Windows XP or higher, MacOS 9 or higher, Android 4.0 or higher • Internet Browser: Internet Explorer 9.0 or higher, Google Chrome, Firefox 10.0 or higher • Broadband Internet connection: Cable, High-speed DSL & any other medium that is internet accessible

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