Take part in one of many free in-depth trainings covering trauma and PTSD assessment and effective treatment. Many of these sessions are highlighted under topics on the site and also grouped here for your convenience.
PTSD 101 Curriculum
View dozens of PTSD 101 Course Modules to learn about all aspects of PTSD care. CE credits are offered for most courses. These online hour long courses (Flash or PowerPoint format) include:
- A PTSD Core Curriculum
- Beyond the Basics
- VA/DoD PTSD Clinical Practice Guideline Series
Clinical Skills Trainings
- Skill Training in Affect and Interpersonal Regulation (STAIR)
Skill Training in Affect Regulation (STAIR) is an 8-session individual treatment for a variety of patients with PTSD. STAIR includes skill building in emotion management and social skills that can be used as a stand-alone therapy or as a complement to trauma-focused therapy (e.g., PE, CPT).
From the War Zone to the Home Front II - Online Training
Take advantage of over 20 lectures on supporting the mental health of Veterans and families. These free hour-long courses can be watched at any time and cover a range of topics including treatment, children and deployment, and guilt.
Presented in collaboration with the Red Sox Foundation and Massachusetts General Hospital Home Base Program*
More Educational Opportunities
- Register and Read the Article - Caring for Returning Veterans
Earn CMEs via this article in the Journal of Clinical Psychiatry (10 pages).
Authors: Terence M. Keane, PhD, Director, Behavioral Science Division, National Center for PTSD with B. Chaudhry, MD, PhD; J.P. Docherty, MD; R.L. Jesse, MD, PhD; J. Lee, MD; J. McNurlen, MA, CRC; and E. Zeller, MPH.
- Conducting Research with Women Veterans
Until recently, little attention has been devoted to issues specific to conducting research with women Veterans. This course addresses the opportunities and challenges associated with conducting research with women Veterans. It provides concrete suggestions for working with this population. Course takes ~45 minutes to complete.
- Psychological First Aid Training*
Learn how to assist people in the immediate aftermath of disaster and terrorism. The National Center for PTSD collaborated with NCTSN to create this course and the
Psychological First Aid manual.
- CPT Web*
A web-based course on evidence-based Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT). CE is available. The website is a project of the National Crime Victims Research and Treatment Center at the Medical University of South Carolina, with collaboration from the National Center for PTSD.
In-person Training Programs
The National Center for PTSD offers several in-person
Training Programs including Postdoctoral Trainings, and Internships.
Other Free Online Training
Other opportunities for providers caring for people dealing with psychological trauma:
- TF-CBTWeb: Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy*
For those working with abused and traumatized children who have symptoms of posttraumatic stress, this is a web-based course on Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT).
- Child Traumatic Grief: CTGWeb*
To be completed after TF-CBT training, this six hour module teaches therapists how to
apply TF-CBT to cases of child traumatic grief.
Automated clinical consultation to therapists using TF-CBT, based on commonly asked questions.
- Learning Center for Child and Adolescent Trauma*
The National Child Traumatic Stress Network offers free presentations on assessment, treatment, and services for traumatized children and their families. Includes offerings for working with military families.*
- DoD Monthly Webinar*
The Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury hosts Monthly Webinars to provide information and facilitate discussion on a variety of related topics. The webinars are open to the public.
See Provider Education Specifically for VA Providers and Staff to find targeted trainings.