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Supported Employment for Veterans With PTSD


Continuing Education

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

Supported Employment for Veterans With PTSD

  • Date Created: 07/ 8/2022
  • 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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Supported Employment for Veterans With PTSD Author(s):

Lori L. Davis, MD


Individual placement and support (IPS) is an evidence-based approach to helping individuals with mental health diagnoses obtain competitive employment. IPS prioritizes rapid job search for employment opportunities that match an individual's needs, talents and preferences along with integrated mental health care and ongoing support.

This course reviews the research support for IPS, spanning multiple countries, diagnoses and contexts. The presenter also discusses trials focused on unemployed Veterans with PTSD, including a large VA Cooperative Study, that report superior outcomes with IPS compared to usual care vocational rehabilitation. Program cost and cost efficacy, return on social investment and an ongoing Pay-for-Success dissemination of this best practice are discussed.

Goals and Objectives

  • Describe the evidence base for employment using Individual Placement and Support (IPS) for Veterans with PTSD
  • Discuss the cost differences for IPS compared to usual care vocational rehabilitation
  • Describe a Pay-for-Success dissemination of IPS in Veterans with PTSD

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