PTSD: National Center for PTSD
Learn about effective treatments for PTSD including various ways trauma therapy can be delivered. Take a course on improving the effective use of therapy or medication, or sign up to receive regular clinical updates.
Shared Decision-Making for PTSD
This PTSD 101 online course provides information on and a practical model for shared decision making for PTSD treatment.
Using the PTSD Treatment Decision Aid with Your Patients
Learn how to use this online decision aid to help your patients make informed decisions about their PTSD treatment.
Overview of Psychotherapy for PTSD
Reviews clinical practice guidelines for PTSD treatment. Includes discussion of research underlying unanimous support of cognitive behavioral therapies.
Engaging Patients in PTSD Treatment
This PTSD 101 online course describes and demonstrates recommended engagement strategies for providers who offer PTSD treatment (psychotherapy).
Treatments for PTSD (PDF)
This issue of the PTSD Research Quarterly from 2008 describes the evidence for PTSD psychotherapy and pharmacotherapy.
PTSD Assessment and Treatment in Older Adults
Discusses assessment strategies and treatment interventions for older adults based upon patient age and the broader context of aging processes.
2017 VA/DoD 2010 Clinical Practice Guideline for PTSD
The 2017 VA/DoD Clinical Practice Guideline (CPG) describes critical decision points in patient care of posttraumatic stress disorder and acute stress disorder. The updated CPG includes objective, evidence-based information on the management of PTSD and related conditions, including diagnosis, treatment, and follow-up recommendations.
Cognitive Behavioral Psychotherapies
This PTSD 101 online course outlines cognitive-behavioral theories of Prolonged Exposure (PE) and Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT) for PTSD.
Cognitive Processing Therapy
This PTSD 101 online course provides an overview of the Clinical Practice Guideline for the use of Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT) to treat patients with PTSD, including a review of empirical evidence and a demonstration of clinical application.
Prolonged Exposure Therapy
This PTSD 101 online course provides an overview of the Clinical Practice Guideline for the use of Prolonged Exposure (PE) to treat patients with PTSD, including a review of empirical evidence and a demonstration of clinical application.
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) and Stress Inoculation Training (SIT)
This PTSD 101 online course reviews the VA/DoD 2010 clinical practice guideline recommendations regarding Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) and Stress Inoculation Training (SIT) for PTSD. Provides overview of components of each treatment and presents the research evidence.
Clinician's Guide to Medications for PTSD
Discusses evidence and general neurobiology for use of medications to treat PTSD, including effectiveness, common barriers, and important considerations.
Use of Benzodiazepines for PTSD in Veterans Affairs
Explains recommendation and evidence against use of benzodiazepines for treatment of PTSD and VA efforts to reduce use of these medications.
Recommendations for Pharmacological Treatment of Acute Stress Reactions
Discusses treatment alternatives for acute traumatic stress reactions, who should receive treatment, when treatment should begin, and what medications should be prescribed.
Enhancing Treatment Access and Effectiveness
Increasing Effectiveness of PTSD Treatments
This PTSD 101 online course addresses how to increase the effectiveness of evidence-based treatments for PTSD, particularly in difficult cases and situations.
Dissemination of Evidence-Based Psychotherapy for PTSD in Veterans Affairs
Describes VA's efforts to disseminate and evaluate utilization practices of Cognitive Processing Therapy and Prolonged Exposure for treatment of PTSD.
Enhancing PTSD Treatment and Delivery
Discusses new treatment, accessibility, and delivery strategies for PTSD care, including the use of technology, combined therapies, or other techniques.
Using AboutFace: Real PTSD Stories
An online video gallery dedicated to Veterans talking about living with PTSD and how PTSD treatment turned their lives around. AboutFace can be used as a teaching tool and resource to share with other providers, students, or clients.
Other Treatment Methods
Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) for PTSD
Reviews the evidence about complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) approaches as treatment for PTSD and describes VA's efforts to support research investigating CAM for PTSD.
Group Treatment for PTSD
This PTSD 101 online course reviews the VA/DoD 2010 Clinical Practice Guideline recommendations regarding group therapy for PTSD. Includes critical evaluation of research support for group therapy.
Couples and PTSD
This PTSD 101 online course describes research on PTSD and intimate relationship problems. Discusses rationale and methods for including partners and loved ones in assessment and treatment.
PTSD Coach Online: Self-Help and Coping for Clients
PTSD Coach Online is a web-based self-help resource offering 17 tools to address stress-related symptoms and enhance problem-solving skills. It can be shared with your clients to supplement treatment or reinforce skill development post-treatment.
Potential of Mindfulness in Treating Trauma Reactions
Discusses therapies that incorporate mindfulness practices and presents research suggesting clinical utility for trauma survivors.
PTSD and Telemental Health
Describes how clinicians use various technologies to deliver mental health care while eliminating travel. Discusses clinical considerations and pros and cons of telemedicine for patients with PTSD.
Clinician's Trauma Update - Online (CTU-Online)
CTU-Online is for busy clinicians who want to keep up with the latest clinically-relevant trauma research. Subscribers receive summaries via email every two months.
Web Links: Treatment
This section provides web resources to assist trauma survivors in coping. Also provides information for providers, such as clinical practice guidelines.