POSTTRAUMATIC STRESS DISORDER

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Resources and Links

Site Links
Annoted links to websites for associations, societies, centers, etc. associated with research and training related to the assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of ASD and PTSD

Resource Links
Annotated links to sites and documents related to the assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of ASD and PTSD

Journals
Annotated listing of Journals related to the assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of ASD and PTSD

Click here for a PowerPoint presentation on PTSD

Click here for an annotated bibliography and reference list

Site Links

International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies
Founded in 1985 the International Society for Traumatic Stress (ISTSS) is an international multidisciplinary, professional membership organization that promotes advancement and exchange of knowledge about severe stress and trauma in the United States and around the world. Members of ISTSS include psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, nurses, counselors, researchers, administrators, advocates, journalists, clergy and others with an interest in the study and treatment of traumatic stress. They offer a comprehensive collection of resources for clinicians related to both the the assessment and treatment of children and adults

The National Center for PTSD
Created in 1989 within the Department of Veterans Affairs, The National Center for PTSD (NCPTSD) aims to advance the clinical care and social welfare of U.S. Veterans through research, education and training on PTSD and stress-related disorders. They provide a nice collection of resources specifically for mental health providers including videos, handouts, and manuals.

APA Division 56 - Trauma Psychology
APA Division 56 - Division of Trauma Psychology provides a forum for scientific research, professional and public education, and the exchange of collegial support for professional activities related to traumatic stress, with the goal of facilitating a state-of-the-art responses by psychologists and moving the understanding of trauma psychology forward. Audio, video, papers, and presentation slides on a number or topics related to PTSD from recent conferences and symposia are available for review .

International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation
The International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation is an international, non-profit, professional association organized to develop and promote comprehensive, clinically effective and empirically based resources and responses to trauma and dissociation and to address its relevance to other theoretical constructs. Treatment guidelines related more specifically to dissociative symptom/dissociative identity disorder are also reviewed.

Australian Centre for Posttraumatic Mental Health
The Australian Centre for Posttraumatic Mental Health at the University of Melbourne provides trauma related research, policy advice, service development and education. They seek to help organisations and health professionals who work with people affected by traumatic events.

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Resource Links

The Expert Consensus Guideline Series: Treatment of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder
This publication is based on surveys from over 50 experts on 58 questions related to psychotherapy and medication treatment of PTSD. It covers diagnosis, selecting treatment, treatment “trouble shooting”, and issues in primary care. The manuscript is easy to read, with results for each area table for easy reference and decision making. It further offers a guide for patients and families that would serve well as a reference for a clinician, or as a hand out for clients in the psychoeduction phase of treatment.

American Psychiatric Association: Treatment of Patients With Acute Stress Disorder and Posttraumatic Stress Disorder
The American Psychiatric Association (APA) Practice Guidelines have been developed by psychiatrists who are in active clinical practice. The document provides treatment recommendations, discussion of the formulation and implementation of a treatment plan and a range of clinical considerations that could alter the general recommendations. They further review available empirical evidence, outline future research needs and provide an overview of ASD and PTSD, including general information on natural history, course, and epidemiology.

American Psychiatric Association: Treating Patients With Acute Stress Disorder and Posttraumatic Stress Disorder: A Quick Reference Guide
A summary/synopsis of the APA’s full practice guideline. The authors urge that the QRG is not a stand alone reference, but should be used in conjunction with the full text. The QRC provides a much more palatable overview of evidence provided in the full length version, which could serve as a good quick reference for clinicians, as intended.

Clinical Practice Guidelines for PTSD: VA/DoD
This Guideline was designed by and for mental health providers, primary care clinicians, chaplains, pharmacists, and other professionals to be a comprehensive and evidenced based resource for identifying, assessing, and/or treating military men and women and veterans who have survived traumatic events. It offers a decision tree for prevention, assessment, and treatment with full annotation across a broad range of posttraumatic disorders.

Psychological First Aid
Psychological First Aid was desigend by the National Child Traumatic Stress Network and the National Center for PTSD and provides intervention strategies intended for use with children, adolescents, parents/caretakers, families, and adults exposed to disaster or terrorism. It may also be provided to first responders and other disaster relief workers, who suffer from the psychological effects realted to working in resposne to such trauma.

Coping with Disaster
This manual, created by several PhD. psychologists affiliated with the non-profit group Mental Health Workers without Bordersm, outlines a variety of psychosocial interventions for mental health, primary care, disaster reilef workers, or any one else working in response to and/or concerned about the effects of a disaster It is meant to serve as a a field guide or as the basis for training programs in how to respond to the psychosocial effects of disasters.

Australian Practice Guidelines for ASD and PTSD
Approved by the Australian National Medical Health and Research Council, these guidelines were created to assist health practitioners with the treatement ASD and PTSD. The Guidelines seek to provide practical recommendations applicable in all healthcare settings and were created in consultation with trauma experts from a range of disciplines, as well as people affected by trauma.

National Institue for Clinical Excellence (NICE) PTSD Guideline

The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) is the independent organization responsible for providing national (United Kingdom) guidance on the health promotion and prevention. The NICE guideline is developed using the expertise of the National Health Services (NHS) and the wider healthcare community including NHS staff, healthcare professionals, patients and carers, industry and the academic world. The NICE clinical guideline on (PTSD) outlines standards of care, treatment, and services for both clinicians and clients working with PTSD.

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Journals

Journal of Traumatic Stress
Journal of Traumatic Stress is an interdisciplinary forum for the publication of peer-reviewed original papers on biopsychosocial aspects of trauma. Focusing on theoretical formulations, research, treatment, prevention education/training, legal and policy concerns, the Journal of Traumatic Stress serves as a primary reference for professionals who study and treat people exposed to highly stressful and traumatic events, such as war, disaster, accidents, violence or abuse, hostage-taking, or life-threatening illness.

Journal of Trauma and Dissociation
A peer-reviewed multidisciplinary scientific journal focusing on diagnosis, assessment, and treatment of psychological trauma, dissociation, and traumatic memory in children and adults. Contributions to the journal include many disciplines, such as anthropology, cross-cultural studies, neurobiology, pharmacology, physiology, psychology, psychometry, and psychotherapy. The journals goal is to enable psychologists, psychotherapists, and other health professionals to keep current with recent research and new clinical tools for dealing with issues of trauma and dissociation. The journal addresses issues ranging from controlled management of traumatic memories and successful interventions to the ethical and philosophical issues entailed by trauma.

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This site is intended for those interested in learning more about PTSD and its treatment. It is meant to serve only as an overview of the current research and practice, and is not meant to be an exhaustive resource. This site was created by Jenn Andrus, a Masters degree candidate in Clinical Health Psychology at Appalachian State University, for partial course credit in PSY 5715: Psychotherapy Interventions II.

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