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Rural Provider PTSD Toolkit

 
Making the Most of Apps & Web Tools
VA and the National Center for PTSD have developed a number of mobile and online resources that can support rural Veterans, whether as part of mental health treatment with a provider or independently for self-help. Importantly, these tools do not take the place of treatment with a provider when mental health treatment is needed. Mobile self-help tools, such as the PTSD Coach app, and web-based programs, such as PTSD Coach Online, offer psychoeducation, skills-practice, and coping tools. They can be used between visits with a provider, as well as before, during, or after a course of treatment. Providers may offer self-help apps or web-based programs to Veterans with subclinical symptoms, or to those who elect not to engage in formal treatment for any number of reasons, including geographical barriers.

Self-help vs. Treatment Companion Tools

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Treatment Companion Self-help
Treatment Companion
Treatment companion tools are mobile apps and web-based programs designed to accompany an evidence-based treatment protocol, rather than to be used independently by a Veteran. For example, CPT Coach and PE Coach are mobile apps that both a provider and a Veteran use during Cognitive Processing Therapy or Prolonged Exposure to support treatment.
Self-help
Self-help mobile apps and web-based programs, on the other hand, can be used by Veterans with or without the support of a provider. These tools are not intended to be used in place of evidence-based therapy, but they offer resources and skill support to help manage symptoms of PTSD or related conditions.
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