PTSD: National Center for PTSD
PTSD Consultation Program Resources
(866) 948-7880 or PTSDconsult@va.gov
Our website includes key information for providers who treat Veterans with PTSD. See the navigation menu on the left of this page for the Center's main areas of content. If you have any questions please feel free to contact us.
Are you new to treating PTSD?
If you are new to treating PTSD, these resources will help you get up to date on assessment and treatment basics.
- Our PTSD 101 course PTSD Overview provides a detailed description of the diagnostic criteria, risk factors and evidence-based treatments for PTSD.
- The Assessment Overview page includes basic information, relevant PTSD 101 courses and training information as well as links to assessment measures.
- The VA/DoD Clinical Practice Guideline for PTSD offers recommendations for best practices in the treatment of PTSD.
- Our fact sheet Clinician's Guide to Medications for PTSD offers recommendations for best prescribing practices in the treatment of PTSD.
Training in evidence-based therapies
These resources can help you get started in learning evidence based treatments for PTSD:
- Our PTSD 101 Curriculum and Continuing Education offerings provide background information on the best treatments for PTSD.
- CPTWeb offers web-based learning of Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT). This training has particular focus on military and combat-related PTSD, although principles and methods work for any type of PTSD-related trauma.
- Cognitive Processing Therapy for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder offers information and resources to assist licensed mental health professionals achieve provider status.
- PEWeb offers web-based learning of Prolonged Exposure (PE). This training has particular focus on military and combat-related PTSD. PEWeb is NOT sufficient training for providers to be able to deliver PE proficiently.
- University of Pennsylvania's Center for the Treatment and Study of Anxiety offers Intensive Training in Prolonged Exposure for PTSD for licensed mental health professionals or those working under license. Continuing education credits are available. There is a fee for this training.
- The STRONG STAR Training Initiative offers 2-day in-person trainings in CPT and PE followed by 6 months of weekly phone case consultation and other resources in a learning community for providers who treat veterans and military personnel. There is a fee for the training and continuing education credits are offered..
- In-person and web-based trainings for CPT and PE are offered through the Center for Deployment Psychology. A variety of trainings are available to military and civilian professionals.
- EMDR Institute offers an EMDR Therapy Basic Training designed for licensed mental health practitioners who treat adults and children in a clinical setting. Certification is offered upon completion. There is a fee for this training.
- Additional regional trainings exist and are too numerous to list here. Contact us to find out if we're aware of unique opportunities in your area.
Are you new to treating Veterans?
Understanding military culture and the unique context of military service can help you provide care to Veterans. There are also resources for Veterans in need of PTSD care that you may find helpful.
- Learn about Military Culture in a course produced collaboratively by VA and DoD.
- Increase your understanding of how military culture might impact PTSD symptoms and treatment in a one-hour course.
- View the collaborative From the War Zone to the Home Front Series developed by the Home Base Program and the National Center for PTSD. Over 30 online courses offer continuing education on-demand, with expert presentations on topics aimed at supporting the mental health of Veterans and their families.
- Explore VA's military sexual trauma (MST) programs and services for Veterans.
- Find key tools to help you support the mental health services you provide to Veterans in the Community Provider Toolkit.
- Share the Veterans Crisis Line with your Veteran clients. Veterans and their families or friends can call, chat online, or text 24/7 with qualified responders.
Understanding how to connect Veterans with VA services and programs can help direct them to the best care.
- The VA PTSD Program Locator can help you find PTSD specialty services for Veterans by location or program type. Contact us if you need help referring a Veteran.
- Our fact sheet PTSD Treatment Programs in the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs reviews program options for care within the VA.
- This fact sheet for Veterans contains contact information for those seeking services within VA: Get Help with VA PTSD Care, Benefits, or Claims
- This Checklist for VA Eligibility and Enrollment can help you determine your Veteran client's eligibility for VA benefits.
- We offer providers specific steps for trauma screening and referral to VA services in our fact sheet PTSD Screening and Referral: For Health Care Providers.
- VA's Coaching Into Care program helps family and friends of Veterans figure out what to say to help their Veteran get into care.
NOTE: VA providers can access additional resources on our intranet page: vaww.ptsd.va.gov. Materials specific to VA providers working with Veterans who experienced military sexual trauma are available on the MST Resource Homepage: vaww.mst.va.gov.