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Treatment Overview

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.

Treatment Basics

Evidence-Based Treatments

  • 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.
  • Pharmacological Treatment
    This PTSD 101 online course discusses the human stress system, neurotransmitters, and PTSD. Reviews controlled medication trials, combined treatments, and managing comorbid conditions.
  • 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

Other Treatment Methods

  • Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) and PTSD
    This PTSD 101 online course provides an overview of the Clinical Practice Guideline for the use of Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) for PTSD, including research evidence and recommendations.
  • 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.
  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
    This PTSD 101 online course describes the theories underlying ACT, illustrates the clinical application of ACT for PTSD, and reviews the limited empirical support for ACT applied to PTSD patients.
  • 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.

Resources

  • 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.


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