The National Center for PTSD's educational initiatives have two aims. The first is to synthesize research information and coordinate communication among top scientists in the field of PTSD. The second is to disseminate that information to those who can put it to use: clinicians, policymakers, educators, Veterans, trauma survivors, and their families.
Center staff who are involved in education efforts are also in a prime position to gather feedback from clinicians in the field that can inform future research efforts. In this way, research and education activities compliment and reinforce one another.
The major focus of the Center's education activities has always been America's Veterans and Servicemembers. To this end, as we develop educational products and services, we leverage the close relationships between the Center's education staff and their counterparts in other VA services and the Department of Defense to benefit to those critical populations.
Over the years, it has become clear that the educational materials and training programs produced by the National Center for PTSD can also be of help to others who have experienced traumatic stress: disaster survivors, crime and accident victims, and first responders; in short, anyone who has been exposed to traumatic events.