Free help for community providers from National Center for PTSD

Free help for community providers from National Center for PTSD

The VA’s National Center for PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder) is providing free continuing education credits, professional consultation, and support to community providers outside of the VA.

National Center for PTSDContinuing Education

Lectures are held on the third Wednesday of each month at 2 p.m. EDT. The next lecture in the series is Overview of PTSD Diagnosis and Treatment. It will be held on Wednesday, November 18. Lecture information:

Course ID: 1059783
Course Number: 28049
Format: Live Webcast
Cost: $0.00

About 60 percent of men and 50 percent of women experience at least one traumatic event. Of those who experience trauma, about 8 percent of men and 20 percent of women will develop PTSD. For some events, like combat and sexual assault, likelihood of developing PTSD is even higher. This lecture will provide an overview of PTSD including diagnostic criteria and symptoms, prevalence, course, comorbidities, and risk factors for civilian and Veteran populations. It will review VA/DoD clinical practice guidelines for treating PTSD, describe how the guidelines are set and how treatments are reviewed, and give an overview of several evidence-based treatments for PTSD.

The target audience for this lecture includes physicians, psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, registered nurses, advanced practice nurses, and certified and licensed counselors.

Non-VA providers can register on the VA’s  TRAIN website and get more information about the program purpose statement, schedule, participation requirements, accreditation/approval information and accreditation organizations.

Professional Consultation Support

Non-VA community providers who treat veterans can also access free PTSD consultation support from the VA PTSD Consultation Program. Support includes education, training, information, consultation and other resources.  Support does not include direct guidance or consultation for specific patients or the assumption of clinical responsibility for a specific patient.

Community Providers can access the PTSD Consultation Program via the website, by phone 866-948-7880 or email