PTSD (Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder)

National Center for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder

The National Center for PTSD is a program of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. The Center has 7 Divisions across the country and carries out a broad range of activities in research, education, and training on traumatic stress and PTSD. Advancing science and promoting understanding of traumatic stress, the NCPTSD works to understand, prevent, diagnose, and treat PTSD in veterans and others following exposure to traumatic stress. NCPTSD cooperates with other agencies and organizations concerned with the impact of traumatic events on mental health. A variety of information resources, for both the general public and health professionals, are produced and disseminated by the Center. See the NCPTSD website for further information.

Review Date: Monday, September 19, 2011

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NIH National Institute of Mental Health - NIMH

The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), a component of the National Institutes of Health, seeks to reduce the burden of mental illness and behavioral disorders through research on the mind, brain, and behavior. NIMH provides a wide range of information based on that research. Publications are available through the NIMH Web site or by calling the NIMH information center for information and to order publications.

Review Date: Wednesday, July 01, 2015

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U.S. Department of Education

The U.S. Department of Education was created in 1980 by combining offices from several federal agencies. The Department's mission is to promote student achievement and preparation for global competitiveness by fostering educational excellence and ensuring equal access. The Department of Education is dedicated to: 1) Establishing policies on federal financial aid for education, and distributing as well as monitoring those funds. 2) Collecting data on America's schools and disseminating research. 3) Focusing national attention on key educational issues. 4) Prohibiting discrimination and ensuring equal access to education.

Review Date: Wednesday, February 23, 2011

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U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

The Veterans Administration was established in 1930 and elevated to cabinet level on March 15, 1989, and is now the Department of Veterans Affairs. The VA provides a wide range of veterans' benefits in such areas as health care, education, housing, disability pensions, and life insurance. Through its network of hospitals, clinics, and nursing homes, the VA provides a full range of medical, long-term care, and patient support services. Veterans with service-related illnesses or injuries receive priority for VA medical services, and special consideration is also given to veterans who are in financial need, over 65 years old, or holders of the Congressional Medal of Honor. The VA is also involved in medical research and the training of health professionals. Training programs include graduate, undergraduate, and continuing education, a medical library, and assistance for health manpower training institutions. VA benefits are restricted to U.S. military veterans.

Review Date: Friday, December 12, 2008

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American Psychological Association

The American Psychological Association (APA) is a scientific and professional organization that has more than 154,000 members, APA is the largest association of psychologists worldwide. The mission of the APA is to advance the creation, communication and application of psychological knowledge to benefit society and improve people’s lives. The American Psychological Association aspires to excel as a valuable, effective and influential organization advancing psychology as a science.

Review Date: Thursday, December 15, 2011

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Anxiety and Depression Association of America

Anxiety Disorders Association of America (ADAA), a nonprofit organization, was founded in 1980. The Association is dedicated to educating the public and professionals about the nature of phobias and anxiety disorders and their treatment, as well as assisting people in locating treatment in their area. ADAA serves as a national clearinghouse for information on resources and referrals and helps in the exchange of information and ideas on phobia and related anxiety disorders treatment. The organization answers inquiries, provides reference services, provides information on research in progress, and conducts an annual national conference with workshops. ADAA is supported by membership dues from its over 1,000 members, contributions, grants, and the sale of materials.

Review Date: Thursday, February 05, 2009

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ChildTrauma Academy

The ChildTrauma Academy (CTA) is a not-for-profit organization whose mission is to help improve the lives of traumatized and maltreated children and their families. CTA works to improve the systems that educate, nurture, protect, and enrich these children through education, service delivery, and program consultation. CTA also works to improve individual lives through clinical assessment and treatment.

Review Date: Wednesday, October 14, 2015

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Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury

The Real Warriors Campaign is an initiative launched by the Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury (DCoE) to promote the processes of building resilience, facilitating recovery and supporting reintegration of returning service members, veterans and their families. The Real Warriors Campaign promotes help-seeking behavior among service members and veterans with invisible wounds and encourages service members to increase their awareness and use of these resources. To reach the broadest audience possible, the campaign features a variety of strategies including outreach and partnerships, print materials, media outreach, an interactive website and social media. The campaign features stories of real service members who have sought treatment and are continuing to maintain successful military or civilian careers. In addition, DCoE established the DCoE Outreach Center, a 24/7 call center staffed by health resource consultants to provide confidential answers, tools, tips and resources about psychological health and traumatic brain injury. The Outreach Center can be reached toll-free at 866-966-1020 or via e-mail at

Review Date: Wednesday, February 08, 2012

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Institute on Violence, Abuse and Trauma

The IVAT is an important International resource, research and training center that includes all areas of violence, abuse and trauma. The Institute encompasses multiple centers, which focus on Family Violence in the broad sense, Sexual Assault, Youth and School Violence, Workplace Violence, Violence Prevention, and Traumatic Stress. The IVAT specializes in training and programs, publications, professional services, an annual international conference, regional mini-conferences, as well as community relations and outreach for each of its broad topic areas. Based upon years of professional and organizational research and practical experience, the IVAT is a leader in the development and dissemination of strategies to eliminate violence, abuse and trauma.

Review Date: Friday, May 01, 2009

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International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation

The International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation (ISSTD) 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. ISSTD seeks to advance clinical, scientific, and societal understanding about the prevalence and consequences of chronic trauma and dissociation.

Review Date: Wednesday, September 07, 2011

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National Center for Children Exposed to Violence

The National Center for Children Exposed to Violence (NCCEV) works to increase the capacity of individuals and communities to reduce the incidence and impact of violence on children and families; to train and support the professionals who provide intervention and treatment to children and families affected by violence; and to increase professional and public awareness of the effects of violence on children, families, communities, and society. NCCEV is a resource center for anyone seeking information about the effects of violence on children and the initiatives designed to address this problem. It is also a provider of training, technical assistance, and consultation to a variety of collaborative community programs across the country. NCCEV is supported by grants from the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, US Department of Justice; the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration; and the US Department of Education.

Review Date: Tuesday, June 12, 2012

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National Headache Foundation

The National Headache Foundation exists to enhance the healthcare of headache sufferers. It is a source of help to sufferers' families, physicians who treat headache sufferers, allied healthcare professionals and to the public. The NHF accomplishes its mission by providing educational and informational resources, supporting headache research and advocating for the understanding of headache as a legitimate neurobiological disease.

Review Date: Wednesday, January 19, 2011

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Sidran Institute

The Sidran Institute is a nonprofit organization devoted to helping people who have experienced traumatic life events. The Institute provides education and advocacy related to traumatic stress. The organization’s programs and activities focus on (1) the early recognition and treatment of trauma-related stress in children to promote healthy growth and development; (2) the understanding and treatment of adults suffering from traumatic stress to promote psychological health and recovery; and (3) the promotion of trauma-informed systems of care in agencies providing mental health, counseling, substance abuse, or rehabilitative services to improve care and outcomes. Sidran Education and Training Services, a program, provide conference speakers, consultation, and technical assistance on all aspects of traumatic stress, including public education workshops on understanding Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and the psychological outcomes of severe childhood trauma for a variety of audiences. The Institute provides resources for survivors through the Trauma Resource Specialists Center, which helps victims find a therapist, reading matter, and other resources to aid progress toward recovery.

Review Date: Tuesday, February 19, 2013

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