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Assessment Overview

 

Assessment Overview

Proper assessment of trauma exposure and PTSD is best accomplished with validated measures. Below you will find information and online courses about assessment tools and best practices.

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 a list of all measures or see Using PILOTS for Assessment Information.

Assessment Basics

Training and Tools

Veteran-Specific Information

  • Military Culture
    This PTSD 101 presents important information on military culture. Also discusses programs and interventions to help prevent combat stress with implications for assessment and treatment.
  • The Returning Veteran of the Iraq War: Background Issues and Assessment Guidelines
    From the Iraq War Clinician Guide. Contains clinical information on types of stressors Veterans of the Iraq War will have encountered. Discusses comprehensive assessment for symptoms and functional impairment.
  • Military Sexual Trauma: Issues in Caring for Veterans
    From the Iraq War Clinician Guide. Contains clinical information on types of stressors Veterans of the Iraq War will have encountered. Discusses comprehensive assessment for symptoms and functional impairment.
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Where to Get Help for PTSD

Using the PILOTS database for Assessment Information
The PILOTS database is the largest electronic index to the world's literature on traumatic stress.

The National Center for PTSD does not provide direct clinical care, individual referrals or benefits information.

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