The authors wish to thank Ira Katz, MD, and Antonette Zeiss, PhD, for their support for and commitment to the dissemination of evidence-based psychotherapies for PTSD.
Dissemination of evidence-based psychological treatments for posttraumatic stress disorder in the Veterans Health Administration†
Article first published online: 15 NOV 2010
Published 2010. This article is a US Government work and is in the public domain in the USA
Journal of Traumatic Stress
Volume 23, Issue 6, pages 663–673, December 2010
How to Cite
Karlin, B. E., Ruzek, J. I., Chard, K. M., Eftekhari, A., Monson, C. M., Hembree, E. A., Resick, P. A. and Foa, E. B. (2010), Dissemination of evidence-based psychological treatments for posttraumatic stress disorder in the Veterans Health Administration. J. Traum. Stress, 23: 663–673. doi: 10.1002/jts.20588
- Issue published online: 17 DEC 2010
- Article first published online: 15 NOV 2010
Unlike the post-Vietnam era, effective, specialized treatments for posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) now exist, although these treatments have not been widely available in clinical settings. The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is nationally disseminating 2 evidence-based psychotherapies for PTSD throughout the VA health care system. The VA has developed national initiatives to train mental health staff in the delivery of Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT) and Prolonged Exposure therapy (PE) and has implemented a variety of strategies to promote local implementation. In this article, the authors examine VA's national CPT and PE training initiatives and report initial patient, therapist, and system-level program evaluation results. Key issues, lessons learned, and next steps for maximizing impact and sustainability are also addressed.