EVENT: Live VA Webinar: Present-Centered Therapy for PTSD, December 20th

Present-Centered Therapy (PCT) is a manualized time-limited treatment for PTSD that helps patients focus on addressing their current life problems that are related to past trauma.

PCT was developed as a non-specific treatment for PTSD in order to control for the befits of good psychotherapy in clinical trials of trauma-focused psychotherapy.

Although trauma-focused treatment has the strongest evidence base as a treatment for PTSD, evidence has emerged showing that PCT is an effective alternative.

For example, the  2017 Practice Guideline produced by the Department of Veterans Affairs and the Department of Defense recommends PCT among the options to offer a patient if trauma-focused therapy is not available or is declined.

PCT has not been widely used outside of research, however, and neither the rationale nor the protocol are widely understood.

This presentation will help bridge that gap by providing information about the development of PCT, the evidence showing its effectiveness, and how to implement the treatment in clinical practice.

EVENT: Cohen Veterans Bioscience Webinar: 2017 Scientific Year in Review – A progress report on our research programs in the areas of PTSD, TBI and other brain disorders, December 21st,

Join us for our 2017 Scientific Year in Review Webinar on December 21, 2017, which will cover our research progress towards developing diagnostics & personalized therapeutics for PTSD, TBI and other Brain Disorders.

Across medicine, a new understanding of the biology underlying illness is producing revolutionary treatments for cancer and other diseases that were once considered incurable.

At the same time, advances in genetic analysis, imaging and computing are making the living human brain more accessible to science than ever before.

These developments provide a golden opportunity to develop new diagnostics and treatments for the constellation of trauma-related conditions that affect veterans and civilians. This webinar will review our research progress in 2017.

EVENT: Save-The-Date: Leaders in Traumatic Brain Injury Research to Meet, Washington, DC, May 16th – 17th, 2018

The 8th Annual Traumatic Brain Injury Conference is coming back to Washington, DC on May 16-17, 2018.

This conference brings together researchers and clinicians from industry, academia, the military and government to present ground-breaking research in a variety of areas related to traumatic

Save The Date: National Association of State Women Veteran Coordinators Training Conference, Washington, DC, June 24th, 2018

NASWVC Mission: To advocate for women veterans through partnerships, training, and the exchange of information, identify barriers to successful transition of women veterans and military women to the civilian community, and recommend solutions through legislative, programmatic and outreach activities.

Training for Mental Health Professionals: VA CAPS-5 Online Training Now Available

This 4-hour course provides instruction on administration and scoring of the CAPS-5, which has been updated to correlate with DSM-5 diagnostic criteria for PTSD. The course is interactive, and includes video of experts conducting assessments, providing tips and sharing advanced interview skills for using the CAPS-5 in complex and challenging clinical situations.

The course has been designed to teach clinicians:

  • The DSM-5 diagnostic criteria for PTSD
  • The history and rationale of the CAPS-5
  • Its purpose and uses
  • The unique features of the CAPS-5 method of assessment
  • Essential competencies for administering the CAPS-5

This training was developed by Drs. Brian Marx, Michelle Bovin, and Patricia Watson at the National Center for PTSD in collaboration with the Center for Deployment Psychology.

The course was developed for mental health professionals.  Access is restricted to individuals with at least a master’s degree in a clinical discipline, or with research credentials.

Continuing education credit is available from APA, ASWB, and NYSED-SW.

Visit the National Center for PTSD’s continuing education section to learn more about how to take the course.  Providers outside of VA must follow the instructions there to request a code to access the course.  There is no charge for the course or the continuing education credits.


VA providers: use the link to TMS. 

Non-VA providers:  use the link to TRAIN and request a code at