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AboutFace: Veteran Video Stories and Their Use in PTSD Treatment


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This section brings together free in-depth Continuing Education resources for the Professional community concerned with trauma.

AboutFace: Veteran Video Stories and Their Use in PTSD Treatment

  • Date Created: 08/ 1/2022
  • Time to Complete: 1 hour
  • Credits: ANCC, APA, ASWB, ACCME, NBCC, Other Orgs
  • Skill Level: Intermediate
  • Course Series: PTSD 101, PTSD Consultation Lecture Series

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AboutFace: Veteran Video Stories and Their Use in PTSD Treatment Author(s):

Vicky Bippart

Elissa McCarthy, PhD

Jessica Hamblen, PhD


Clinicians are continually working to find innovative ways to increase awareness about effective PTSD treatments, improve access to PTSD treatment and find ways to keep clients engaged in treatment. AboutFace is an extensive catalog of video interviews of Veterans, clinicians and family members who share PTSD recovery stories. This online gallery provides videos for clinicians and health care teams to help their clients learn about PTSD, explore treatment options, and hear advice from others who have been there.

This course demonstrates AboutFace's approach to capturing intimate, genuine conversations on film. An overview of the site will be provided with examples of ways AboutFace videos may be useful for education, training and clinical care. Additionally, the authors present research findings and future research directions for AboutFace as a treatment engagement intervention.

Goals and Objectives

  • Discuss how an online peer network such as AboutFace can reduce stigma and improve attitudes toward PTSD treatment
  • Identify at least 3 ways clinicians can use AboutFace to inform, educate and engage clients in treatment
  • Describe current and proposed research studies evaluating the effectiveness of using AboutFace to engage Veterans in care

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