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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.
Practical Assessment of PTSD
This PTSD 101 online course describes the purpose and importance of screening for PTSD and symptom change, including a review of the best tools for diagnosing PTSD.
Comprehensive Assessment of PTSD
This PTSD 101 online course outlines quality PTSD assessment and report basics, from multi-method and dimensional assessment to evaluation of comorbidities, quality of life, and personality functioning.
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.