VA's National Center for PTSD

Lecture Series for 2015


This Month

PTSD Treatment Disparities

by Michele Spoont, PhD

Wednesday, April 15, 2-3pm ET



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Series Description:

Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is one of the major disorders seen in Veteran patients by VHA clinicians. New information and recommendations must be communicated to all health care providers to keep up with the continuous updates in this field. With this knowledge-based monthly teleconference series, experts will provide VHA staff with various approaches to treatment and other relevant information regarding PTSD.

Lecture Description:

Credit/hours: 1 Credit Hour

Purpose Statement:

Racial and ethnic healthcare disparities have been observed in numerous areas of medicine.  Although there is a growing body of evidence regarding disparities in mental health care for the treatment of depression and substance abuse, relatively less attention has been paid to racial and ethnic disparities in PTSD treatment.  The purpose of this talk is to review available evidence of racial and ethnic disparities in PTSD treatment, to discuss possible sources of those disparities, and to consider possible clinical implications of these findings and discuss the work that still needs to be done.


MICHELE SPOONT, PhD is an investigator with the National Center for PTSD and with the Minneapolis VA HSR&D Center of Innovation.  She is a clinical neuropsychologist in the Minneapolis VA Healthcare System.  Dr. Spoont’s research interests include the delivery of evidence based treatments for PTSD and racial and ethnic disparities in PTSD treatment.


The target audience includes psychiatrists, psychologists, physicians, social workers, registered and advanced practice nurses, and certified and licensed counselors.  Any VA staff member is welcome to participate.


Credit/hours: 1 Credit Hour


Questions about PTSD?

(866) 948-7880



The PTSD Consultation Program at the National Center for PTSD is available to answer questions and provide consultation related to PTSD.  This is a free service for all VA employees and providers who treat Veterans outside of VA.

Our staff psychologists, social workers, and physicians are available to answer questions about

  • Treatment
  • Clinical Management
  • Resources
  • Assessment
  • Referrals
  • Program Issues
  • Improving Care

Any provider treating Veterans can contact us anything related to PTSD.  If you have a basic question or would like to discuss a complicated case please contact us today.



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