These resources will help you better understand the impacts of trauma, including posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). They also provide information and practical tools for assessing, diagnosing and treating the psychological impacts of trauma.
Screening and assessment tools for trauma and PTSD
- Screen for PTSD: A 7-item self-report screening tool for PTSD (DSM IV).
- Brief primary care screen for PTSD: A 4-item self-report screening tool for PTSD.
- Posttraumatic Adjustment Scale: A 10-item self-report screening tool for vulnerability to PTSD or depression.
- PTSD Checklist (PCL): A 20-item self-report measure for PTSD (DSM-5).
Best practice treatment information
- Australian Guidelines for the Treatment of Acute Stress Disorder and PTSD: National guidelines that provide information about the most effective treatments for PTSD. There are also a range of complementary materials for clients. Copies can be freely downloaded or a hardcopy can be purchased.
- The International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies (ISTSS) Guidelines: ISTSS has published Guidelines on effective PTSD treatments and Complex PTSD Treatment Guidelines.
- PTSD – an update for general practitioners: This article provides up-to-date guidance for general practitioners (GPs) in the recognition of PTSD and the current best practice recommendations for pharmacological and psychological treatment.
- DVA PTSD psychological interventions program: An e-learning program covering three evidence-based treatments for PTSD, including Prolonged Exposure, Cognitive Processing Therapy and Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing. The program is free and is accessible by using the registration code ‘ext’.
- Phoenix Australia Imaginal Exposure manual and DVD: This clinician manual with accompanying video program shows how to use imaginal exposure therapy. The training package can be purchased from Phoenix Australia’s online bookshop.
- PTSD 101 online courses: This US webpage contains free e-learning programs on topics including assessment, prolonged exposure, and Cognitive Processing Therapy. To access the programs, users need to create an account.
- Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT) trainings: This US developed e-learning course is a 9-hour program for Cognitive Processing Therapy with particular focus on the treatment of military and combat-related PTSD. Free registration is required to access the training program.
- ISTSS webinars & ISTSS Online Learning Library: An online library of video and audio recordings of conference presentations and webinars about traumatic stress, hosted by the International Society of Traumatic Stress Studies. There is a fee for access to the library content.
Practitioner trauma and PTSD interest groups
- Australasian Society for Traumatic Stress Studies (ASTSS): The ASTSS is open to people from all disciplines who work in or are interested in the field of traumatic stress. The membership fee provides access to networking and events, publications, and other resources.
- International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies (ISTSS): The ISTSS is open to people from all disciplines who work in or are interested in the field of traumatic stress. The membership fee provides access to education and professional development, publications and online tools, as well as networking and professional recognition.
Client information and resources
- Phoenix Australia Recovery Resources: This includes information on how people react to and recover from trauma, how to support others and available treatment options. There are downloadable fact sheets and other resources, videos, and stories of people who have lived through a traumatic experience.
- DVA PTSD Coach Australia: A DVA app developed to help people learn about and manage symptoms that commonly occur after trauma. The app is free to download from the App store or Google play.
- Phoenix Australia annual literature scans: Phoenix Australia has a depository of downloadable literature scans on numerous posttraumatic mental health topics, with a focus on relevance to veteran and military populations.
- DVA Evidence Compass: This is a database of downloadable literature scans on a range of veteran health and wellbeing topics.
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