Our goal is to create a sustainable coalition of mental health providers to provide treatment to individuals in Philadelphia who have experienced or witnessed community or gun violence.

As part of this innovative collaborative, you will receive FREE training and consultation, PLUS get paid for completing training goals!

How it works

To be eligible to apply, you must be a mental health clinician in Philadelphia who treats individuals who have experienced gun or community violence. Licensure is not required, but unlicensed clinicians must be working under a licensed supervisor in order to be considered. 

Application Deadline is June 23, 2024!

Applicants will be notified of acceptance by July 23, 2024

  • We will select 30 clinicians to participate in the PEACE Project as new trainees and 20 clinicians to participate as backup trainees.
    • (If you are selected to participate as a backup trainee, you are agreeing to participate in all workshop activities described below, but will only be invited to participate in consultation activities if a new trainee is unable to complete consultation for any reason.)
  • If you are selected to participate, you are agreeing to participate in the following workshop training activities:
    • 1-day PTSD assessment workshop (September 23, 2024)
      • introduces participants to the DSM-5 definition of a traumatic event, reviews the diagnostic criteria for PTSD, and discusses differential diagnosis as well as prevalence, comorbidity, and risk factor data. Participants will also be introduced to the Posttraumatic Stress Scale for DSM-5 (Interview version -PSSI-5) as well as the PTSD Diagnostic Scale for DSM-5 (PDS-5), a self-report measure of PTSD symptoms. Administration of these assessments will be covered in detail and participants will rate a sample interview and discuss the scoring rationale for the sample administration. Participants will also be introduced to Prolonged Exposure Therapy for PTSD, an evidence-based treatment for PTSD that is effective, flexible, and a best practice recommendation.
    • 4-day Intensive Workshop in PE (October 7-10, 2024)
      • provides intensive instruction in the use of Prolonged Exposure Therapy for survivors of trauma, covering the basics of all components of PE and how to modify PE procedures in order to tailor the treatment to the client's response to exposure. Maintaining focus on treatment of PTSD while maintaining flexibility in following the manual will be emphasized. Lecture, discussion, videotaped therapy sessions, and participant role-plays with feedback from faculty trainers are used to accomplish the goals of the workshop.
    • 1-day adolescent PE workshop (October 21, 2024)
      • provides instruction in the basic differences between PE and PE-A, uses excerpts from videotaped sessions to illustrate how to use PE with adolescents, discusses when and how to implement PE-A, and provides guidelines for how and when to modify PE techniques to tailor the therapy to adolescents.
  • In addition, if you are selected to participate as a new trainee, you are also agreeing to participate in the following consultation activities:
    • Weekly individual case consultation 
      • Individual PE consultation will last for the duration of the clinician's first completed case of PE.
      • Individual consultation consists of 1 hour of PE Consultant review of videotaped PE sessions and .5 hour Zoom consultation with PE therapist.
      • A first case of PE for individual consultation must begin within 6 weeks of the date of the 1-day adolescent PE workshop
      • If you are unable to start a PE case within that time frame, you will no longer be eligible for consultation services and be considered to no longer be participating in the PEACE Project.
    • Weekly PE Group Consultation
      • Group Consultation will occur for one year.
      • Group Consultation consists of weekly 90-minute Zoom meetings with up to 10 clinicians for consultation on PE cases. Participants will present information about cases and appropriateness for PE as well as present individual PE cases through case discussion or review of PE sessions.

Once clinicians have completed 2 cases with PE, they will be recommended for certification as PE Therapists.

  • A PE Consultant Workshop will also be provided to 15 chosen clinicians who will be able to then certify new PE clinicians on their own,
  • Stipends of up to $4,200 will be distributed throughout the life of the project, with funds distributed to newly trained clinicians at various milestones of the training process as follows:
    • Upon completion of the 1-day PTSD assessment workshop, 4-day Intensive Workshop in PE, and 1-day adolescent PE workshop, clinicians will receive a stipend of $600.
    • All clinicians will be required to submit monthly data that includes number of unique PE cases served and number of PE sessions completed. If data is submitted for each month, the clinician they will become eligible for further stipends as outlined below.
      • For attendance in at least 8 individual consultation sessions that include video review of a PE session, clinicians will receive a stipend of $600.
      • For attendance and participation in at least 26 group consultation sessions over the course of the year, clinicians will receive a stipend of $1,000
      • When clinicians become certified as PE therapists, they will receive a stipend of $1,000.
      • For clinicians chosen to participate in the PE Consultant workshop, they will receive a stipend of $1,000 upon completion of that training.

 *Please note that the PEACE Project will not be supplying you with referrals. All clients treated as part of consultation must come from your own agency or practice.

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