PTSD: National Center for PTSD
Online Education Resources
Online Education Resources
In addition to disseminating products created by the National Center for PTSD, technology is helping to build public awareness of the overall impact of trauma as well as the prevention, understanding, and treatment of PTSD.
Website and Online Dissemination
Website. The National Center for PTSD's public website reached over 6.3 million visitors in fiscal year (FY) 2014, with an average of nearly 14,000 visits per day. It continues to serve as our major dissemination vehicle for trauma and PTSD educational material.
VA PTSD Intranet. The Center's intranet site on the VA network provides additional information specifically for VA mental health providers treating PTSD. This site offers practical information and resources, including: NCPTSD assessment tools, treatment resources, information about the PTSD Consultation and Mentoring Programs, and research resources.
Online Communication. The National Center for PTSD continues to email our PTSD Monthly Update, which highlights a particular topic and Center resources in support of the issue. This newsletter is currently being sent to more than 133,000 subscribers. Social media is a growing focus of the Center as well, with more than 18,000 Twitter followers and 83,000 Facebook fans as of FY 2014.
Online Education Materials for Professionals
Continuing Education. The Center continues to add to our continuing education offerings for professionals, including our PTSD 101 curriculum and advanced online trainings such as Skills Training in Affective and Interpersonal Regulation (STAIR) and anger management. The Center has also collaborated with the Home Base Program to develop and grow the "From the War Zone to the Home Front" series, in which nationally recognized experts address a topic relevant to caring for Veterans and their families.
Online Training to meet Women Veterans' Health Needs. More women are accessing VA health care, and Center staff from the Women's Health Sciences Division updated a web-based training designed to enhance VA staff sensitivity and knowledge related to women Veterans' health-care needs. In addition, this Division has developed an online training program intended to orient researchers to issues specific to women Veterans that may impact research. This program familiarizes researchers with important considerations for interacting with, recruiting, and conducting research with women, and address some of the challenges related to accessing the population of women Veterans.
Toolkits. The Center continues to assist professionals with a number of toolkits designed to provide information and resources for a number of target audiences. The Community Provider Toolkit features support for mental health providers caring for Veterans, including tools to help understand military culture and connect with VA. The VA Campus Toolkit offers college faculty, staff and administrators resources to support student Veterans adjusting to campus life. The Veterans Employment Toolkit helps employers, human resource professionals and others support Veteran and Reserve/National Guard employees. Other toolkits in development include: Provider Resiliency, Clergy, and Police.
Online Education Materials for Veterans, their Families, and the Public
Innovative PTSD Resources. The National Center for PTSD continues to offer new and innovative resources to Veterans and the general public. General information about PTSD and effective treatments is available in a number of unique media formats, including online presentations (Understanding PTSD and PTSD Treatment and the Returning from the War Zone Guides), short animated whiteboard videos, as well as mobile phone applications and web-based self-help tools (PTSD Coach Online).
AboutFace. The award-winning AboutFace campaign continues to raise awareness about PTSD and effective treatments. Through a series of short, intimate Veteran testimonials we hope to help Veterans recognize that the problems they are struggling with may be PTSD and to make them aware that effective treatments can help them "turn their lives around." The AboutFace website has grown to include clinician and family clips as well as longer PTSD Profiles of Veterans who tell the stories of the events that caused their PTSD and what they did to get their lives back on track.
Online Self-Help Programs. The Center is finalizing two web-based self-help programs for concerned significant others of Veterans with alcohol and other substance use disorders (SUD) and/or PTSD who are reluctant to seek professional care. The community reinforcement and family training programs (CRAFT PTSD and CRAFT SUD) help family members increase the likelihood that their loved one will seek treatment.
Afterdeployment.org. The National Center for PTSD and the Department of Defense's (DoD) National Center for Telehealth and Technology (T2) continue collaborative work on afterdeployment.org (AD), an Internet-based resource for self-management of post-deployment stress in returnees from Iraq and Afghanistan. A project to examine the impact of one section of the AD site (post-traumatic stress multi-session workshop) on patient outcomes and explore provider perceptions of the intervention tool is underway.
Information Resources and Publications
Clinician's Trauma Update-Online (CTU-Online). CTU-Online is an electronic newsletter providing summaries of research articles from top journals that have particular relevance for clinicians. Particular emphasis is placed on articles dealing with PTSD treatment and assessment for Veterans. Produced every other month, brief article summaries containing links to the full text article were emailed to over 34,000 clinicians in FY 2014.
PTSD Research Quarterly. The PTSD Research Quarterly provides expert reviews of the scientific literature on specific topics and is intended primarily for researchers and scientists. In FY 2014, more than 50,000 subscribers received this electronic bulletin with topics focused on the new DSM-5 dissociative subtype of PTSD, the impact of mass shootings on individual adjustment, and literature guides for partial PTSD and DSM-5/ICD-11.
PTSD Resource Center and PILOTS Database. The PTSD Resource Center created by the National Center for PTSD houses the world's largest collection of literature on traumatic stress. The PILOTS (Published International Literature on Traumatic Stress) database, based on this collection, is an electronic index to the worldwide literature on PTSD and other mental-health consequences of exposure to traumatic events. The PILOTS database now includes more than 53,000 records with materials in 30 languages. PILOTS provides online links to full text versions of more than 32,000 publications, including relevant articles written by National Center for PTSD staff.