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TUES 24 OCT // 1:30 PM – 5:30 PM

Primary Content Focus: Clinical Practice (assessment, diagnosis, treatment, knowledge translation/EBP, implementation science, program development)

Secondary Content Focus: Military and Veterans Affairs

Providing effective treatment for PTSD is challenging in any setting, but especially while deployed to an active war zone. While in Afghanistan, Moore abbreviated the standard (Foa) 12-session PE protocol and obtained excellent treatment outcomes. Since 2008, similar robust and sustained treatment effects were observed among 200+ inpatient/outpatient, military/non-military, and adults/adolescents. Workshop includes: relevant theory/literature review, pre-treatment informational presentation excerpts, and a recorded PTSD treatment session. Special attention will be given to cases with co-morbid PTSD and chronic pain patients, highlighting the direct applicability of the BV protocol in rehabilitation settings. Post-workshop, attendees can access all the materials (


  1. Explain the theory of how exposure and habituation reduce PTSD symptoms
  2. Comprehend how increasing patient self-efficacy and integrating “The Spirit of Motivational Interviewing” enhances standard PTSD treatment
  3. Identify the common components of manualized PE (Foa) versus the battlefield variant (Moore) PE protocols
  4. Explain the difference between “evidence-based treatment” and a “manualized protocol” and special considerations when treating co-morbid conditions
  5. Articulate ethical reasons for and against using exposure-based treatments for PTSD, and how Motivational Interviewing strategies can help make treatment “even better yet”


Marlin Moore, PhD
Veteran’s Health Administration

LaDonna Saxon, PhD
VA North Texas Health Care System


Dr. Marlin Moore is a Texas Licensed Psychologist and served on active duty as an Air Force Psychologist for 25 years, having retired in July 2014. Dr. Moore was the Chief Psychology Resident at Wilford Hall Medical Center, and returned there for a Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Clinical Health Psychology. His operational assignments include Dyess AFB, TX; Incirlik AB, Turkey; and Kunsan Air Base, South Korea. Additionally, he was an in-residence student, then an Assistant Professor at the Air Command and Staff College, Air University, Maxwell AFB, AL. Dr. Moore spent six months deployed to Bagram Air Field, Afghanistan, as the Theater Survival, Evasion, Resistance, and Escape (SERE) Psychologist. Since Nov 2014, Dr. Moore has served as the Health Behavior Coordinator for the West Texas VA, and is highly experienced in the treatment of psycho-physiological disorders such as chronic pain, sleep, weight, tobacco cessation, and most recently, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. Additional specialized training includes the FBI Hostage Negotiation Basic course, and the San Antonio Police Department Advanced Hostage Negotiation course, Biofeedback and Clinical Hypnosis.

Dr. LaDonna Saxon is a licensed psychologist who currently serves in multiple roles within the Department of Veterans Affairs. Nationally she serves as a trainer and consultant for Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Chronic Pain, Motivational Interviewing, and Motivational Enhancement Therapy. At her local facility, the VA North Texas Health Care System (Dallas), she currently provides direct clinical care and supervises trainees in the areas of chronic pain management, behavioral sleep medicine, primary care mental health integration, and health promotion and disease prevention activities. She also holds a faculty appointment as an Assistant Professor in the Dept. of Psychiatry at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School. Prior to her role as the Health Behavior Coordinator and Tobacco Cessation Lead Clinician at VANTHCS-Dallas, she worked within in hospice and palliative care & spinal cord injury/rehabilitation teams within the VHA and received specialized training in Consultation & Liaison, Post-Traumatic Stress, Substance Use Disorders, and inpatient and outpatient Chronic Pain Rehabilitation.



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