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CAPS Training Information



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CAPS Training Information

NOTE: The following information pertains to the CAPS for DSM-IV. Training materials for CAPS-5 are under development and will be added as soon as available. There is scoring information within the CAPS-5 instrument. If you are using the CAPS-5 without prior CAPS experience, the training materials below are helpful until new materials are developed. The most notable change is that the CAPS-5 has combined item ratings of "Frequency" and "Intensity" into a single 0-4 "Severity" rating.


The Clinician-Administered PTSD Scale, or CAPS, is the "gold standard" for PTSD assessment and diagnosis for both military Veteran and civilian trauma survivors. There are technical manuals and CD-ROM training tools available for learning to administer a CAPS or CAPS-CA (version for children and adolescents).

Also see the following articles for information:

Weathers, F. W., Keane, T. M., & Davidson, J. R. T. (2001). Clinician-Administered PTSD Scale: A review of the first ten years of research (PDF). Depression and Anxiety, 13, 132-156. doi: 10.1002/da1029

Weathers, F. W., Ruscio, A. M., & Keane, T. M. (1999). Psychometric properties of nine scoring rules for the Clinician-Administered Posttraumatic Stress Disorder Scale (PDF). Psychological Assessment, 11, 124-133. doi: 10.1037//1040-3590.11.2.124

CAPS and CAPS-CA (DSM-IV) Technical Manuals

CAPS and CAPS-CA Manuals are available from:
Western Psychological Services (WPS)Link will take you outside the VA website. VA is not responsible for the content of the linked site..

Search their online list of available products for CAPS (which includes the CAPS-CA). For both the CAPS and the CAPS-CA, there is an interview booklet, interview guide, and technical manual available, as well as a continuing education (CE) questionnaire and evaluation form for the CAPS.

CAPS (DSM-IV) Training CD-ROM Information

Independent Study materials are designed to teach a set of essential competences for administering the CAPS. It is assumed that users will possess basic knowledge about trauma and its effects. No attempt is made to provide systematic instruction about PTSD in this training material.

It is also assumed that clinicians will be trained in the general skills required to conduct interviews (e.g., skills for communicating empathy or establishing rapport) as well as those important in managing the intense emotions that may be experienced by those suffering with PTSD.

Purchase CD-ROM Information: The CAPS Training CD-ROM is $50 (for production and distribution). Order by calling NTIS Customer Contact Center at 1-800-553-6847 or 1-703-605-6000 Monday-Friday, 8 am - 6 pm EST.

You can also send a request via FAX: 1-703-605-6900 (verify receipt by calling 1-703-605-6090, Monday-Friday, 7 am - 5 pm EST) or by mail to:
National Technical Information Service
5301 Shawnee Road
Alexandria, VA 22312

Measure availability: We provide information on a variety of measures assessing trauma and PTSD. These measures are intended for use by qualified mental health professionals and researchers. Measures authored by National Center staff are available as direct downloads or by request. Measures developed outside of the National Center can be requested via contact information available on the information page for the specific measure.

See Assessment information specifically for VA providers and staff includes access CAPS training information.

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