DCoE Webinars

Upcoming Psychological Health Webinar:

2017 VA/DoD Clinical Practice Guideline for the Management of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder and Acute Stress Disorder: A Revised Framework to Assess and Treat Patients

Dec. 14, 2017; 1-2:30 p.m. (ET)

Since the 2010 release of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and Department of Defense (DoD) clinical practice guideline for the management of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), a growing body of research has expanded the general knowledge and understanding of PTSD and other stress related disorders. Improved recognition of the complexities of acute stress reaction (ASR), acute stress disorder (ASD), and PTSD has led to the adoption of new and/or refined strategies to manage and treat patients with these conditions. A revised VA/DoD Clinical Practice Guideline for the Management of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder and Acute Stress Disorder was released in June 2017 to provide health care providers with a framework to evaluate, treat, and manage the needs and preferences of patients with PTSD and ASD. The new guideline incorporates current diagnostics as defined in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition (2013) and evidence-informed recommendations from the VA/DoD Management of PTSD Work Group.

This presentation will briefly review the purpose of the clinical practice guideline and discuss its key recommendations. In addition, the presentation will focus on the importance of patient-centered treatment planning and shared decision-making; the provision of trauma-informed psychotherapy, and over-arching pharmacology treatment recommendations. The presentation will conclude by identifying new clinical support tools available for providers, patients, and family members to help attendees implement these evidence-informed recommendations in their practice.

At the conclusion of this session, the participant will be able to:

  • Explain who participates in the development of a VA/DoD clinical practice guideline
  • Determine key recommendations from the 2017 VA/DoD Clinical Practice Guideline for the Management of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder and Acute Stress Disorder
  • Identify first-line PTSD treatment recommendations
  • Examine clinical support tools that align with the clinical practice guideline that are available for providers, patients, and family members


David Riggs, Ph.D.
Professor/Chair, Department of Medical and Clinical Psychology
Executive Director, Center for Deployment Psychology
Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences
Bethesda, Maryland

Paula Schnurr, Ph.D.
Executive Director of the National Center for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder
White River Junction, Vermont
Professor of Psychiatry
Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth
Hanover, New Hampshire

Corinne K.B. Devlin MSN, RN, FNP-BC
Chief, Evidence Based Practice
U.S. Army Medical Command
Clinical Performance Assurance Directorate (CPAD)
Office of Evidence Based Practice
Fort Sam Houston, Texas


Holly N. O'Reilly, Ph.D.
Senior Clinical Psychologist, Evidence Based Practice
Psychological Health Center of Excellence (PHCoE)
Silver Spring, Maryland

Continuing Education

This continuing education activity is provided through collaboration with the Professional Education Services Group (PESG). You must register by 3 p.m. (ET) Dec. 14, 2017, to qualify for the receipt of continuing education credit.

The awarding of continuing education credit is limited in scope to health care providers who actively provide psychological health and traumatic brain injury care to U.S. active-duty service members, reservists, National Guardsmen, military veterans and their families.


Sign up for the webinar at http://dcoe.cds.pesgce.com. Please note, registration is required for each webinar regardless if the participant has an existing PESG account. Upon completion of registration, a confirmation email will be sent providing webinar event details.

Once registered, you may use Adobe Connect to attend the webinar. If you have questions or need assistance, please email the webinar team.