PTSD: National Center for PTSD
Accomplishments of the National Center for PTSD
Accomplishments of the National Center
The VA's National Center for PTSD has set the international agenda for trauma and PTSD research and education. Over its history the Center has:
- Developed the Clinician-Administered PTSD Scale (CAPS), the gold standard for assessing PTSD and other key assessment tools
- Conducted the first VA Cooperative Study on PTSD, involving 15 national sites, and the first study of PTSD treatment for female Veterans and Active Duty personnel, involving 12 sites
- Established the PTSD Resource Center and the PILOTS database, an online database of the Published International Literature on Traumatic Stress with over 40,000 citations
- Created the leading website on trauma and PTSD: www.ptsd.va.gov
- For providers, developed in-depth Continuing Education resources for the Professional community concerned with trauma.
- Produced manuals, including the Iraq War Clinician Guide and (with the National Child Traumatic Stress Network) the Psychological First Aid Field Operations Guide
- Created a VA PTSD Mentoring Program to facilitate sharing of good administrative practices between VA PTSD programs and the VA PTSD Consultation Program, which provides free PTSD consults to those working with Veterans.
- Disseminated information by producing the Clinician's Trauma Update - Online, the PTSD Research Quarterly and the PTSD Monthly Update.
- Facilitated access to care with products like AboutFace: an online video gallery dedicated to Veterans talking about living with PTSD and how treatment turned their lives around and the award winning PTSD Coach mobile app.