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CRAFT PTSD - Help with PTSD for You and Your Family

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CRAFT PTSD - Help with PTSD for You and Your Family

Community Reinforcement and Family Training (CRAFT) - Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is a web-based course for family members of Veterans working to manage PTSD. This course teaches family members how to encourage their Veteran to get treatment and support them during care. CRAFT-PTSD also offers tools for family members to improve their own quality of life.

Features include:

  • Self-paced learning, so you can stop at any point and pick up where you left off at another time.
  • Exercises to help you review skills.
  • Resources to protect you and your family, including tips to help you create a Safety Plan.

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How to Use the CRAFT-PTSD Course

This course can help you learn more about the symptoms of PTSD and the impact PTSD can have in some relationships. You will learn and practice new skills that help family members to communicate more effectively. CRAFT-PTSD also covers strategies that will help you to take care of yourself, whether or not your loved one decides to seek PTSD services.

This is a self-paced course with the opportunity to print or save exercises in each lesson. We recommend that you move through sections in order, and that you practice the skills described in each lesson between your sessions.

CRAFT-PTSD includes information about the options available for Veterans who may benefit from PTSD treatment in VA or in the community. Those who are not members of a military family can also get useful information in this course.

NOTE: CRAFT-PTSD is not a substitute for medical care or advice from a provider. Only a licensed professional can diagnose PTSD.

Privacy and Security

The information you enter as you move through the course will be available to you until you close your browser window. At that time, your information is deleted, which is why we give you the option to print or save your personal summary. None of the information you enter will be stored or shared. Some anonymous information is collected automatically, however. Please see VA's privacy policy for a list of information that is collected automatically.

Get help for PTSD

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PTSD Information Voice Mail:
(802) 296-6300
ncptsd@va.gov
Also see: VA Mental Health