Clinician-Administered PTSD Scale for DSM-5 (CAPS-5) Clinician Training - PTSD: National Center for PTSD
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Clinician-Administered PTSD Scale for DSM-5 (CAPS-5) Clinician Training

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Continuing Education

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

Clinician-Administered PTSD Scale for DSM-5 (CAPS-5) Clinician Training

  • Date Created: 01/23/2017
  • Time to Complete: 4.5 hours
  • Credits: APA, ASWB, Other Orgs
  • Skill Level: Advanced

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Clinician-Administered PTSD Scale for DSM-5 (CAPS-5) Clinician Training Author(s):

Brian P. Marx, PhD

Michelle Bovin, PhD

Patricia Watson, PhD


This course provides instruction on administration and scoring of the CAPS-5, which has been updated to correlate with DSM-5 diagnostic criteria for PTSD. The course is interactive, and includes video of experts conducting assessments, providing tips and sharing advanced interview skills for using the CAPS-5 in complex and challenging clinical situations.

This training is a collaborative project developed by the National Center for PTSD and the Center for Deployment Psychology.

Special Access Information for Non-VA Users

Access to this course is restricted to individuals with at least a master's degree in a clinical discipline, or with research credentials. Non-VA users must email to request a code to access the course in TRAIN. We will respond within three business days.

Goals and Objectives

  • Describe current and full diagnostic criteria for PTSD according to DSM-5.
  • Describe purpose, benefits and key features of CAPS-5.
  • Describe how to orient a client to the CAPS interview and assess for trauma exposure.
  • Identify interview principles required for administering the CAPS-5.
  • Describe symptom ratings used in the CAPS-5.
  • Identify techniques for addressing discrepancies and response bias in respondent answers during CAPS-5 interview.
  • Recognize potential co-occurring conditions that may accompany or share PTSD symptoms.

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PTSD Information Voice Mail:
(802) 296-6300
Also see: VA Mental Health

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