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Making The Most of Apps & Web Tools


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 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.
See Example for further context More Mobile Health Resources

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