PTSD: National Center for PTSD
Self-Help and Treatment
Self-Help and Treatment
This section provides web links to assist in coping and treatment following trauma. There is information for those who have been through a traumatic experience, as well as information for providers, including clinical practice guidelines.
Clinical Practice Guidelines for Treatment
- VA/DoD Clinical Practice Guidelines for PTSD
VA and DoD jointly developed these guidelines for PTSD.
- Australian Practice Guidelines for ASD and PTSD
Australian Practice Guidelines for ASD and PTSD in a variety of formats.
Clinical Practice Guideline for Acute Stress Disorder and PTSD: APA
American Psychiatric Association practice guidelines are based on available evidence and clinical consensus and offers recommendations to help psychiatrists in assessing and treating adult patients with acute stress disorder and Posttraumatic Stress Disorder.
- National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE) PTSD Guideline
The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) was formed to create a single excellence-in-practice organization responsible for providing national guidance on the promotion of good health and the prevention and treatment of illness.
PTSD Treatment Guidelines: ISTSS
ISTSS Treatment Guidelines for the treatment of PTSD.
Coping and Self-Care Following Trauma
A mental wellness resource for Service Members, Veterans, and Military Families.
A link to the most popular US organization for recovery from alcoholism. Provides information about AA support groups around the US.
Anxiety and Depression Association of America Self-help Support Groups
Self-help and support groups are a way of empowering people to help themselves, and others, on the path to recovery. Participation in a self-help group can end the painful isolation of suffering alone with a disorder that is disruptive and debilitating.
- Gateway to Posttraumatic Stress Disorder
A link to four national and international organizations, here to help you with articles, references, web-links, mini-courses, 800 phone access, and e-mail pen-pal resources. Provided by the Dart Foundation.
Gift From Within
A nonprofit organization dedicated to those who suffer from PTSD, those at risk for PTSD, and those who care for traumatized individuals. Includes essays, articles, poetry and art, meditations, Q&A on PTSD, book reviews, and more.
My HealtheVet is the VHA Health Portal created for Veterans and their family, and for VA employees. This new health portal provides health information, tools, and services anywhere in the world you can access the Internet.
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
Call 1-800-273-TALK (8255), a free, 24-hour hotline available to anyone in suicidal crisis or emotional distress.
The Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Alliance is here to help, not as professionals, but as peers.
Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Network
RAINN carries out programs to prevent sexual assault, helps victims, and attempts to ensure that rapists are brought to justice. This website contains statistics, counseling resources, prevention tips, and news.
- Safe Helpline
Safe Helpline provides confidential one-on-one assistance for victims of military sexual assault, rape, or domestic violence. Call or text the Safe Helpline at 1-877-995-5247 to talk with someone 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Sesame Street Parents
Advice by Sesameworkshop.org about how to talk with children about tragedy, and when to seek professional help.
Sesame Street's Talk, Listen, Connect: Deployments, Homecomings, Changes
A bilingual educational outreach initiative designed for military families and their young children to share.
Links to sleep disorder centers across the US.
Support and Family Education
An 18-session family education program for people who care about someone with mental illness.
Veterans and Families Coming Home
This site provides information for families, employers, and communities, to help support homecoming Veterans in their transition from military to civilian life. Resources and readings are provided as well as information on preparing for homecoming.
Veterans Crisis Line
Call 1-800-273-TALK (8255) and press 1 to be connected to a free, 24-hour hotline for Veterans in suicidal crisis or emotional distress.
General information on health.
Resources for Mental Health Care Providers
The APA Task Force on Promoting Resilience in Response to Terrorism has produced nine fact sheets intended to assist psychologists seeking to foster resilience in a variety of populations, including adults, children, first responders, mental health, and other health care providers.
- Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies
The Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies is a professional organization that maintains a database of CBT therapists.
CDC Trauma and Disaster Mental Health Resources
This page includes information on general strategies for promoting mental health and resilience that have been developed by various organizations based on experiences in prior disasters.
A web-based course on evidence-based Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT). Continuing Education credit is available. The website is a project of the National Crime Victims Research and Treatment Center at the Medical University of South Carolina, with collaboration from the National Center for PTSD.
The official DoD site for reliable quality of life information designed to help troops and their families, leaders, and service providers. Includes links to all Active Duty Family Program Support centers on military installations.
National Child Traumatic Stress Network
The NCTSN was established to improve access to care, treatment, and services for children and adolescents exposed to traumatic events and to encourage and promote collaboration between service providers in the field.
PAR: Psychological Assessment Resources, Inc.
PAR offers new and time tested assessments in a variety of subject areas.
This site was developed by DoD's Deployment Health Clinical Center as a resource for clinicians, Veterans, and their families. Their goal is to create a partnership between military men and women, Veterans, their families, and their providers.
Resources for Torture Survivors
A link for therapists and other professionals who are working with those affected by war, torture, or terrorism.
- Seeking Safety
Seeking Safety is a present-focused therapy to help people attain safety from trauma/PTSD and substance abuse. The treatment is available as a book, providing both client handouts and guidance for clinicians.
- TF-CBTWeb: Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
TF-CBTWeb is a web-based, distance learning course for Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) for for abused and traumatized children who have symptoms of posttraumatic stress.
This page explains telehealth at the Deptartment of Veterans Affairs and discusses care coordination.
Veterans Health Initiative (VHI)
Courses to help recognize and record connections between health effects and military service. Courses cover a variety of topics (PTSD, military sexual trauma, traumatic brain injury, etc.) intended to prepare providers to better serve Veterans.