The mission of the National Center for PTSD is to advance the clinical care and social welfare of America’s Veterans and others who have experienced trauma, or who suffer from PTSD, through research, education, and training in the science, diagnosis, and treatment of PTSD and stress-related disorders.
The VA National Center for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder’s mission is:
To advance the clinical care and social welfare of America’s veterans through research, education, and training in the science, diagnosis, and treatment of PTSD and stress-related disorders.
The Center was created within the Department of Veterans Affairs in 1989, in response to a Congressional mandate to address the needs of veterans with military-related PTSD. “Advancing science and promoting understanding of traumatic stress” is the Center’s goal.
In 1995, the National Center created a website. Since September 11th, website usage has grown considerably, and in fiscal year 2006 the site had over 1 million unique users! The website strives to provide current, valid, professional information on a range of topics related to trauma and stress. The site is separated into sections each for one of a variety of audiences, including veterans and their families, clinicians, health care providers, researchers, and others who have or know someone who has experienced a trauma.
The website currently contains more than 1,600 documents, several newsletters you can subscribe to, extensive Web Resource links, and much more:
- 140 fact sheets
- 800 downloadable articles
- Videos for veterans and their families, and for clinicians
- PTSD 101: a series of expert lectures on PTSD
- The PILOTS database (the largest interdisciplinary index to the worldwide literature on traumatic stress)
- The Iraq War Clinician Guide
- Information for disaster recovery including the Psychological First Aid manual