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Practical Assessment of PTSD


Continuing Education

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

Practical Assessment of PTSD

  • Date Created: 09/17/2021
  • Time to Complete: 1 hour
  • Credits: APA, ASWB, Other Orgs
  • Skill Level: Intermediate
  • Course Series: PTSD 101

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Practical Assessment of PTSD Author(s):

Brian P. Marx, PhD


Psychological assessment involves collecting data from different sources that must be evaluated and integrated. This course provides a practical guide for assessing PTSD. The purpose and importance of screening for PTSD and monitoring symptom change and treatment outcomes are addressed.

The best tools and methods for PTSD assessment purposes are reviewed, with a focus on DSM-5 measures. The author also discusses PTSD assessment in the context of a Compensation and Pension (C&P) disability exam.

Goals and Objectives

  • Describe the purpose of screening for PTSD and a practical screening measure
  • Explain the importance of monitoring treatment outcomes and out to do so
  • Review the best tool for diagnosing PTSD

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