The National Center for PTSD's training programs and workshops have been adapted to suit the needs of many other professionals and special provider populations who are involved with caring for Veterans and others who have experienced traumatic stress.
An ongoing collaboration between the National Center for PTSD's Dissemination and Training Division, VA's Chaplain Center, and the VISN 6 MIRECC began the roll-out of a series of VISN-level training conferences for chaplains.
Content addressed the needs of returning OEF/OIF Veterans, information about PTSD and other problems affecting warriors, relevant clinical themes arising from the intersection of trauma and spirituality, and discussion of ways to effectively collaborate with mental health care efforts. The groups are also working with the VA Office of Rural Health in implementing additional regional conferences for community clergy.
In 2011, the Dissemination and Training Division began involvement in an initiative to increase cooperation between VA, DoD, and community chaplains in supporting mental health care for service members and Veterans. Finally, a web-based Chaplaincy Toolkit is in development and will provide information and guidance on a range of issues including spirituality and PTSD and how to make referrals to care.
Educational outreach was coordinated with the Primary Care-Mental Health Integration Office and the Center for Integrated Health Care for providers interested in using web-based resources and mobile applications in primary care settings.
The Veterans Health Initiative on PTSD in primary care is in production, with materials updated to be consistent with the 2010 VA/DoD clinical practice guidelines for PTSD.
Also in the works is the Primary Care Toolkit, designed to assist VA providers in screening and assessment, making a referral, discussing evidence-based treatment options, and facilitating therapist-assisted self-management skills.
The Dissemination and Training Division continued its police training initiative, including training of VA and community police officers via the VA's Justice Outreach Programs. Work continued on the Police Toolkit, designed to assist police officers in their interactions with Veterans diagnosed with PTSD who have encounters with the law. The goal is provide police with information and training to assist in communication, problem solving, and guidance.
The Military Sexual Trauma (MST) Support Team is an OMHS-funded initiative designed to support national monitoring of MST screening and treatment, to expand MST-related education and training, and to promote best practices in the field.
Two National Center for PTSD staff members serve as the team's co-Directors. In addition to serving as a point of contact for questions from the field, the MST Support Team hosts monthly educational calls open to all VA staff, an annual multi-day training for MST Coordinators, and annual events in honor of Sexual Assault Awareness Month in April.
Another major educational initiative has been the establishment of the MST Resource Homepage, an Intranet webpage that serves as a clearinghouse for a variety of MST-related resources including patient outreach materials, provider training opportunities, discussion forums, and descriptions of VA policies and benefits related to MST.