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 several different training tools available for learning to administer a CAPS or CAPS-CA.
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CAPS and CAPS-CA Manuals (version for children & adolescents) are available from:
Western Psychological Services (WPS). http://www.wpspublish.com*
Search their online catalogue for a list of products available for the CAPS and CAPS-CA. There is an interview booklet, interview guide, and technical manual as well as a continuing education (CE) questionnaire and evaluation form.
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) and can be ordered from NTIS National Technical Information Service
Measure availability: Information on measures is available to everyone. However, the assessment tools themselves can only be distributed to qualified mental health professionals and researchers. We maintain measures developed by affiliated staff of the National Center for PTSD.
See Assessment Measures Specifically for VA Providers and Staff to access CAPS training information.
The National Center for PTSD does not provide direct clinical care, individual referrals or benefits information.
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Using the PILOTS database for Assessment Information
The PILOTS database is the largest electronic index to the world's literature on traumatic stress.
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Last updated November 5, 2013