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Considered a signature wound of the post 9/11 conflicts, PTSD arises in response to directly experiencing or witnessing a traumatic event. Previously classified as an anxiety disorder, PTSD has been moved to a new chapter on Trauma and Stress Related Disorders in the recently published DSM-V, due in part to recognition of the prominent role that mood symptoms play in the disorder. Rates of PTSD among post-9/11 service members are estimated to be between 20-30%. However, it is important to note that these traumas are not all combat-related; they may be due to sexual assault or non-combat traumas experienced during military duty. Also, these numbers may underestimate the actual prevalence of PTSD given that many service members do not report mental health issues due to stigma. Many service members experience sub-threshold PTSD; they are greatly affected by symptoms but do not meeting full diagnostic criteria.
The resources below link you to educational training, veterans' experiences and available services.
AboutFace is an online video gallery dedicated to Veterans talking about living with PTSD and how treatment turned their lives around. Meet men and women who speak candidly about PTSD symptoms, the stigma, and the effects of PTSD on family and friends. AboutFace is for people who think they might have PTSD and want to explore what treatment is like. It’s also for family members who don't know what to do as they watch their loved ones struggle to recover from trauma.
Alliant International University is offering their Post-Combat: Open Access Classes to participants of Give an Hour's Got Your 6 Educational Training Ground for free. This includes the Introduction to PTSD for Clinicians course.
APA partnered with the White House Joining Forces Initiative, headed by First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden, to support the psychological needs of our service members and their families. As part of this initiative, APA’s Education Directorate offered this presentation which looks at the problems experienced by returning war veterans, discusses key challenges in assessment and treatment of PTSD and related problems, describes aspects of effective treatment of veterans, and shares useful Internet and smartphone educational resources for veterans and their families and the psychologists who work with them. Free webinar Improving Care for Veterans with PTSD
The Center for Deployment Psychology offers a variety of trainings across the nation and online webinars. Some are for civilians and some are geared specifically for those working within the military community. Topics include PTSD, TBIs, prolonged exposure therapy, and working with veterans on campus. http://deploymentpsych.org/disorders/ptsd-main
A 54 minute training on PTSD and substance abuse.
Click here to visit the Coming Home Project website.
The VA is also developing a set of mini-clinics to help community providers learn about the important issues relevant to treating veterans.
All clinicians on Homecoming for Veterans' list provide neurofeedback services for veterans. Their clinicians have agreed to see at least one veteran at a time for a minimum of 20 sessions at no cost. They have received various levels of training from different organizations and use a variety of protocols and adjunct therapies.
The Phobia and Trauma Clinic at Hofstra University’s Joan and Arnold Saltzman Community Services Center offers unique and technologically advanced treatments for patients whose fears inhibit their quality of life. The clinic has also successfully treated clients with post-traumatic stress disorder.
This online training module, sponsored by Medical University of South Carolina, is for web-based learning of Cognitive Processing Therapy. This site has a particular focus on the treatment of military and combat-related PTSD.
The PTSD 101 Course Modules are in Flash player and will open in a pop-up. Each course varies in length, but all take around an hour to complete - no registration required. FREE CE credits are currently available for most of the PTSD 101 courses.
Information on measures is available to everyone. However, the assessment tools themselves can only be distributed to qualified mental health professionals and researchers. Assessment Basics
The National Center for PTSD also provides a free consultation program open to anyone who treats veterans with PTSD. Visit www.ptsd.va.gov for more information.
In a world of expanding technology and widespread use of innovative healthcare, the National Center for Telehealth and Technology develops resources to improve health despite one’s distance from a medical provider. In addition to the Telehealth programs that have been developed, by clicking on the link below you can learn about the smartphone applications and other technological programs the Department of Defense has pioneered to help service members cope with PTSD, suicide, and help on the path towards resiliency. For an overview of the programs and resources, click here: http://t2health.dcoe.mil/
To learn about and download the smartphone Apps that have been designed to help service members treat symptoms such as depression, PTSD, sleep problems, and stress, follow these links:
The Virtual PTSD Experience is an interactive site in which the service member creates an avatar, learns about PTSD through various simulations, learns skills to cope with PTSD through the avatar, and interacts with providers available by telephone, or other anonymous service member who are using the site through his/her avatar. https://www.t2health.org/vwproj/index.html
The Wounded Warrior Project has worked with subject matter experts in the mental health field to help create online tools for veterans. Mental health students may learn about veterans' combat stress issues by watching videos of veterans telling their story, and by reading other self-help and programmatic materials offered in an online format.
Over the last eight years UCSF has been producing programs to educate mental health professionals who treat the American servicepersons returning from Iraq and Afghanistan.
Click here to choose from over 50 different videos you can view online.
Here are some articles about post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and PTSD-related topics from professional journals. They discuss the complexities of measuring prevalence rates, novel treatments, and other clinically related sequelae.