Improving Care for Veterans with PTSD

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Length: 1 hour 30 minutes

This program does not offer CE Credit.

This program was originally webcast live November 19, 2012, and is now available on-demand.

APA partnered with the White House Joining Forces Initiative, headed by First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden, to support the psychological needs of our service members and their families. As part of this initiative, APA’s Education Directorate offered this presentation which looked at the problems experienced by returning war Veterans, discusses key challenges in assessment and treatment of PTSD and related problems, describes aspects of effective treatment of Veterans, and shares useful Internet and smartphone educational resources for Veterans and their families and the psychologists who work with them.

Learning Objective 1:
Identify key challenges in assessment and treatment importance of screening for Veteran status and PTSD.

Learning Objective 2:
Discuss Effective treatments for PTSD.

Learning Objective 3:
Identify useful resources for Veterans and their families

Presenter: Joe Ruzek, PhD

Dr. Joe Ruzek is Director of the Dissemination and Training Division of the Department of Veterans Affairs National Center for PTSD. His current work focuses on dissemination of evidence-based cognitive-behavioral treatments for PTSD and development of Internet- and smartphone-based interventions for trauma survivors. He served as co-chair of the VA-DoD Clinical Practice Guideline for Management of Traumatic Stress and was an editor of two editions of Cognitive-Behavioral Therapies for Trauma and of Caring for Veterans with Deployment-Related Stress Disorders: Iraq, Afghanistan, and Beyond. He is a past member of the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies Board of Directors.

Supplementary Materials

  • Improving Care for Veterans with PTSD