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Addiction

Brief Digital Accelerator Treatment for Gambling (BDAT) Clinician Guide and Resources Workbook
Brief Digital Accelerator Treatment for Gambling Guide
This clinician guide and resources workbook helps providers use a brief intervention to treat problem gambling.
  • Includes a brief video overview to introduce the intervention
  • Includes Excel program that simulates games of chance that can be played at an accelerated pace to demonstrate the long-term effects of gambling
  • Published 2019
 
Problem Gambling: Steps to Cut Down
Problem Gambling Brochure
This brochure describes gambling problems, how to briefly assess for gambling problems, and what steps can be taken to curtail the further development and continuation of gambling problems.
  • Uses information from the Shortened South Oaks Gambling Screen and DSM-5
  • Allows providers to conduct quick, on-site assessments
  • Educates on the existence of a gambling problem
  • Published 2013 | Updated 2020
 
The Safest Bet: A Guide to Understanding Problem Gambling for Veterans and Clinicians
The Safest Bet Guide
This guide aims to help Veterans, VA clinicians, and others learn more about issues related to gambling and to locate additional resources for problem gambling.
  • Can be used in sessions with a clinician, in a group with other Veterans, or as a self-help resource
  • Veterans using this guide for self-help are encouraged to seek out a VHA provider or other helping professional to answer additional questions or address any concerns
  • Has four modules that focus on readiness to change, thinking errors and tools, recovery, and Gamblers Anonymous
  • Includes resource list for finding help for problem gambling
  • Updated 2019
 

Anxiety & Worry

A Therapist's Guide to Brief Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
A therapist's guide to brief cbt manual
This manual is designed to show how CBT can be adapted to brief sessions in medical settings.
  • Not intended to produce competence in CBT
  • Supports existing training and supervision in CBT
  • Published 2008
 
Calmer Life Program
Calmer Life Logo
Treatment materials for adults aged 50 and over with worry and stress. Includes:
  • Community workshop curriculum
  • Clinician intervention manual
  • Participant workbook
  • Enhanced community care (information and resource counseling) template
  • Published 2018
 
Multi-Setting Peaceful Mind: A Manual to Aid in the Management of Anxiety in Veterans with Memory Impairment
Multi-setting peaceful mind manual
This easy-to-follow manual outlines an evidence-supported cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) treatment for anxiety for older Veterans with dementia or cognitive impairment.
  • Includes worksheets for patients
  • Published 2013 | Updated 2020
 
OCD and Related Disorders SharePoint
OCD Pulse Page
This VA SharePoint is a place for mental health providers to find resources on the assessment and behavioral treatment of obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) and related disorders.
  • Discusses hoarding disorder, body dysmorphic disorder, excoriation disorder, trichotillomania, and obsessive compulsive personality disorder
  • VA SharePoint can only be accessed by VA employees from a VA computer
  • Includes a fact sheet (available to everyone) about the differential diagnosis between OCD and PTSD
  • Published 2018
 
Self-Help STOP WORRY: A Tool for Older Veterans
Self-Help STOP WORRY Manual
This is a user-friendly, guided cognitive behavioral treatment of generalized anxiety disorder for Veterans 60 years of age or older who experience high levels of worry and anxiety (CD is no longer available).
  • The workbooks contain eight chapters detailing skills, including anxiety education and awareness, relaxation (Diaphragmatic Breathing and Progressive Muscle Relaxation [PMR]), problem solving, cognitive therapy, exposure and behavioral sleep management.
  • Self-help workbook contains practice exercises and forms to monitor progress
  • Workbook may be used independently or as a part of formal treatment
  • Published 2011 | Updated 2020
 
Stress Less: Relaxation Enhancement Group Manuals
Relaxation enhancement manuals
This brief relaxation intervention is meant to provide short-term symptom relief for anxiety and stress.
  • Recommended as an adjunct to established first-line treatment approaches
  • Includes manuals for therapists and Veterans
  • Therapist manual covers a comprehensive Relaxation Enhancement protocol that includes relaxation practices, resources, strategies, and a log
  • Veteran manual can serve as a self-help resource to identify reasons to stress less
  • Updated 2019
 
Veteran Wellness Guide
Veteran Wellness Guide
This guide is for Veterans who want to improve their well-being.
  • It is self-paced
  • Does not require a mental health professional to use
  • Includes practical approaches for sleeping well, eating healthy, stress reduction, and getting the most out of your life
  • Recommended by Veterans
  • Published 2019
 

Behavioral Medicine for Physical Health

Behavioral Medicine Management of Irritable Bowel Syndrome: A Referral Toolkit for Gastroenterology Providers
Behavioral Medicine Management of Irritable Bowel Syndrome Referral Toolkit
This toolkit helps gastroenterology providers identify the best candidates for behavioral medicine services and provide guidance for the referral process.
  • Decision support tools
  • Tips for educating patients about behavioral medicine treatment
  • Patient information about what irritable bowel syndrome is and how to manage it
  • Published 2018
 
HERO: Healthy Emotions and ImpRoving Health Behavior Outcomes
HERO manual
The HERO program is a participant-centered integrated behavioral health treatment to improve psychological symptoms, health behaviors, and weight management among obese Veterans with coexisting emotional distress.
  • Includes clinician manual and Veteran workbook
  • Has six core and two elective sessions
  • Personalized and accessible
  • Includes scripts for clinicians to assist with teaching skills in the workbook
  • Published 2018
 

Cognitive Impairment and Dementia

Delirium: What Families Need to Know
Delirium Brochure
This brochure is intended to help families and caregivers of Veterans understand and manage sudden changes in thinking or behavior in loved ones. Explores:
  • The definition of delirium
  • Risk factors for developing delirium
  • How clinicians manage delirium when it develops
  • Tips for helping loved ones who are experiencing delirium
  • Published 2015
 
Management of Dementia Related Behaviors
Delirium Brochure
Dementia related behaviors include wandering, impulsivity, problems with sleep and appetite, feelings of depression, suicidal thoughts, and many others. These brochures help caregivers and providers identify and manage dementia-related behaviors.
  • Caregiver brochure defines dementia related behaviors, describes causes and treatments for these behaviors, and lists tips and services to encourage caregiver wellness.
  • Provider brochure is available in pocket and letter sizes and describes evaluation, contributing factors, and pharmacological and non-pharmacological management of dementia related behaviors.
  • Both brochures highlight resources for support.
  • Published 2020
 
Multi-Setting Peaceful Mind: A Manual to Aid in the Management of Anxiety in Veterans with Memory Impairment
Multi-setting peaceful mind manual
This easy-to-follow manual outlines an evidence-supported cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) treatment for anxiety for older Veterans with dementia or cognitive impairment.
  • Includes worksheets for patients
  • Published 2013 | Updated 2020
 
PACERS Course 1: Dementia and Delirium (1 HOUR CEU)
PACERS dementia and delirium course
Learn how to define delirium and dementia according to DSM-5 criteria.
  • Identify the signs symptoms, evaluation, and treatment of delirium and dementia/dementia subtypes
  • Indicate differences between delirium and dementia
  • Published 2016
 
PACERS Course 2: Identifying and Assessing for Dementia (1 HOUR CEU)
PACERS identifying and assessing for dementia course
Learn how to identify and assess dementia.
  • Identify dementia warning signs
  • Describe benefits and barriers to dementia diagnosis
  • List the steps of the comprehensive assessment
  • Describe benefits and barriers to dementia diagnosis
  • Distinguish between dementia and other illnesses with similar symptoms
  • Published 2017
 
PACERS Course 3: Dementia Case Studies (1 HOUR CEU)
PACERS dementia case studies course
Learn how to apply dementia diagnostic skills by completing two case-based studies of Veterans presenting with signs of cognitive impairment.
  • Health care professionals can fine tune their diagnostic skills by completing a thorough evaluation
  • Published 2017
 
PACERS Course 4: Normal Cognitive Aging and Dementia Caregiving (1 HOUR CEU)
PACERS normal cognitive aging and dementia caregiving course
Learn about the differences between normal and abnormal cognitive aging and the importance of being a caregiver and available resources.
  • Signs of elder abuse and neglect
  • unique experiences of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) caregivers
  • Published 2017
 
PACERS Course 5: Addressing Decision Making and Safety in Dementia (1 HOUR CEU)
PACERS decision making and safety course
Learn topics related to decision-making, advanced-care planning and safety for Veterans with dementia. Specific topics include:
  • Competency, capacity and consent
  • Advanced care planning
  • Driving and dementia
  • Elder abuse
  • Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender caregivers
  • Published 2017
 
PACERS Course 6: Driving and Dementia (1 HOUR CEU)
PACERS dementia and driving course
Learn how to address diminished driving skills and decision-making in older drivers with dementia and their families. Published 2016.
 
PACERS Video: Dementia and Driving
PACERS driving and dementia video
This video helps providers identify and address driving and can be used to educate families and Veterans and provide strategies about stopping driving. Published 2016.
 
PACERS Video: How to Deliver the Diagnosis of Alzheimer's Disease
PACERS delivering alzheimer's diagnosis video
This video shows how to deliver the diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease with compassion.
  • Uses the S-P-I-K-E-S approach: “Setting”, “Perception”, “Invitation”, “Knowledge”, “Empathy” & “Strategy”
  • Published 2017
 
PACERS Video: How to Have an End-of-Life Discussion
PACERS end of life video
This video shows how to deliver difficult end-of-life news with compassion.
  • Uses the S-P-I-K-E-S approach: “Setting”, “Perception”, “Invitation”, “Knowledge”, “Empathy” & “Strategy”
  • Published 2017
 
PACERS Video: How to Identify Self-Neglect
PACERS self neglect video
Self-neglect is the most common form of elder abuse reported to Adult Protective Services. This video shows how to identify the warning signs of self-neglect. Published 2017.
 
Persons with Dementia: Skills for Addressing Challenging Behaviors
Health care provider assiting a patient with eating a meal
Learn how to address challenging behaviors in dementia.
 

Depression

A Therapist's Guide to Brief Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
A therapist's guide to brief cbt manual
This manual is designed to show how CBT can be adapted to brief sessions in medical settings.
  • Not intended to produce competence in CBT
  • Supports existing training and supervision in CBT
  • Published 2008
 
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Strategies
Therapist shaking hands with a military service member with the words cognitive behavioral therapy strategies
This is a practical guide for clinicians who want to use Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Depression (CBT-D) with Veterans.
  • Can be used as an additional resource to "Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Depression in Veterans and Military Service Members: Therapy Manual" (Wenzel, A., Brown, G. K., & Karlin, B. E., 2011)
  • Has sections for initial, middle, and later phases of CBT
  • Includes handouts for Veterans that can reinforce and validate ideas presented in session or serve as transitional objects as preparation for discharge and relapse prevention planning
  • Published 2019
 
Gulf War Illness: Explaining Unexplained Symptoms
Image of service members alongside the words gulf war illness, explaining unexplained symptoms
This brochure describes the causes, symptoms, and treatment for Gulf War Illness.
  • Describes 3 diagnostic categories used to classify symptoms: fatigue, pain, and mood/cognitive difficulties
  • Describes treatment options for Gulf War Illness at VA
  • Provides registration information for the Gulf War Illness Registry
  • Published 2019
 
Living with Purpose: A Guide for Getting More Out of Each Day
Living with purpose manual
This patient workbook is designed to complement formal treatment for depression.
  • Employs a behavioral activation approach to get Veterans more active and more involved in pleasurable activities
  • Includes brochure to guide providers through behavioral activation and goal setting
  • Published 2013
 

Evidence-Based Interventions

A Therapist's Guide to Brief Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
A therapist's guide to brief cbt manual
This manual is designed to show how CBT can be adapted to brief sessions in medical settings.
  • Not intended to produce competence in CBT
  • Supports existing training and supervision in CBT
  • Published 2008
 
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy: An Animated Review
Screenshot from the ACT Animated Review Video
These six brief videos walk learners through the ACT Hexaflex.
  • Acceptance
  • Defusion
  • Self as context
  • Contact with the present moment
  • Values
  • Committed action
  • Published 2015
 
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy for PTSD
acceptance and commitment therapy for ptsd manual
Aids clinicians in implementing a 10-week acceptance and commitment therapy group for Veterans with trauma-related disorders. Includes:
  • Clinician manual with detailed session-by-session guidelines
  • Veteran Handbook with notes and homework
  • Guidance in using the ACT framework to introduce Veterans to exposure therapy
  • Published 2017
 
ACCESS: Adjusting to Chronic Conditions with Education, Support, and Skills
ACCESS manual
This therapist guide and patient workbook are products of the ACCESS research study examining the effectiveness and implementation of a psychosocial intervention to address the physical and emotional issues faced by chronically ill patients.
  • Six active treatment sessions
  • Sessions 3-6 is flexible, allowing the flexibility to spend more than one session on focused skills
  • Follow-up booster telephone sessions are used to help solidify changes over time
  • Length of the active treatment and boosters is 16 weeks
  • Published 2015
 
Brief Digital Accelerator Treatment for Gambling (BDAT) Clinician Guide and Resources Workbook
Brief Digital Accelerator Treatment for Gambling Guide
This clinician guide and resources workbook helps providers use a brief intervention to treat problem gambling.
  • Includes a brief video overview to introduce the intervention
  • Includes Excel program that simulates games of chance that can be played at an accelerated pace to demonstrate the long-term effects of gambling
  • Published 2019
 
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Strategies
Therapist shaking hands with a military service member with the words cognitive behavioral therapy strategies
This is a practical guide for clinicians who want to use Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Depression (CBT-D) with Veterans.
  • Can be used as an additional resource to "Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Depression in Veterans and Military Service Members: Therapy Manual" (Wenzel, A., Brown, G. K., & Karlin, B. E., 2011)
  • Has sections for initial, middle, and later phases of CBT
  • Includes handouts for Veterans that can reinforce and validate ideas presented in session or serve as transitional objects as preparation for discharge and relapse prevention planning
  • Published 2019
 
Community Reinforcement and Family Training – Support and Prevention
CRAFT manual cover
This family education manual is adapted from earlier work on the CRAFT model by Dr. Robert Meyers.
  • The program is designed to aide family members in improving their relationship with the addict/user, while encouraging the individual to seek treatment
  • Published 2001/Updated 2014
 
Courage Group
Courage group manual
This workbook is the manualization of a 12-week outpatient psychotherapy group for Veterans who have experienced sexual trauma:
  • Effects of trauma
  • Self-esteem
  • Trust
  • Relationships and intimacy
  • Confrontations and forgiveness
  • Celebration
  • Published 2006
 
Dialectical Behavior Therapy: A Visual Review
DBT Visual Review Slide
Video training on DBT program modules (individual therapy, group therapy, consultation team, and phone coaching) and skills (mindfulness, interpersonal effectiveness, distress tolerance, and emotion regulation).
  • Training consists of 2 videos (totaling 1.5 hours) and handouts
  • Geared towards mental health clinicians who want to learn more about DBT or enhance their current practices
  • Can be viewed by clients or used during individual or group DBT therapy to provide psychoeducation
  • Published 2017
 
Get Moving and Get Well Manual
Get moving and get well manual
This manual was developed for Veterans living with psychotic disorders, major depression, bipolar disorder, and severe PTSD who have difficulty identifying and making use of opportunities for physical activity.
  • Focus of this program is on wellness rather than weight management
  • Designed to be delivered in 60-minute classes scheduled twice a week for 12 weeks
  • Participants engage in walking, dancing, and stretching activities
  • 12-week follow-up cycle of the class is focused on community integration
  • Published 2013
 
HERO: Healthy Emotions and ImpRoving Health Behavior Outcomes
HERO manual
The HERO program is a participant-centered integrated behavioral health treatment to improve psychological symptoms, health behaviors, and weight management among obese Veterans with coexisting emotional distress.
  • Includes clinician manual and Veteran workbook
  • Has six core and two elective sessions
  • Personalized and accessible
  • Includes scripts for clinicians to assist with teaching skills in the workbook
  • Published 2018
 
Living with Purpose: A Guide for Getting More Out of Each Day
Living with purpose manual
This patient workbook is designed to complement formal treatment for depression.
  • Employs a behavioral activation approach to get Veterans more active and more involved in pleasurable activities
  • Includes brochure to guide providers through behavioral activation and goal setting
  • Published 2013
 
Multi-Setting Peaceful Mind: A Manual to Aid in the Management of Anxiety in Veterans with Memory Impairment
Multi-setting peaceful mind manual
This easy-to-follow manual outlines an evidence-supported cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) treatment for anxiety for older Veterans with dementia or cognitive impairment.
  • Includes worksheets for patients
  • Published 2013 | Updated 2020
 
Psychotherapy Options for Veterans with Psychosis Brochures
OCD Pulse Page
These brochures explain psychosocial interventions that can be helpful in the treatment of Veterans with psychosis.
  • Includes Veteran brochure that describes psychosis and what to expect during four treatment interventions
  • Includes clinician brochure that describes four psychosocial interventions for treating psychosis
  • Published 2019
 
PTSD Sleep Therapy Group Manual
PTSD sleep therapy manual
This 6-session treatment protocol includes education, behavioral, and cognitive strategies for sleep problems related to PTSD in an individual or group setting (CD not available).
  • Includes education, behavioral, and cognitive strategies for sleep problems related to PTSD
  • in an individual or group setting
  • Veterans are encouraged to use support from family, friends, and peers
  • Published 2009
 
Self-Help STOP WORRY: A Tool for Older Veterans
Self-Help STOP WORRY Manual
This is a user-friendly, guided cognitive behavioral treatment of generalized anxiety disorder for Veterans 60 years of age or older who experience high levels of worry and anxiety (CD is no longer available).
  • The workbooks contain eight chapters detailing skills, including anxiety education and awareness, relaxation (Diaphragmatic Breathing and Progressive Muscle Relaxation [PMR]), problem solving, cognitive therapy, exposure and behavioral sleep management.
  • Self-help workbook contains practice exercises and forms to monitor progress
  • Workbook may be used independently or as a part of formal treatment
  • Published 2011 | Updated 2020
 
Stress Less: Relaxation Enhancement Group Manuals
Relaxation enhancement manuals
This brief relaxation intervention is meant to provide short-term symptom relief for anxiety and stress.
  • Recommended as an adjunct to established first-line treatment approaches
  • Includes manuals for therapists and Veterans
  • Therapist manual covers a comprehensive Relaxation Enhancement protocol that includes relaxation practices, resources, strategies, and a log
  • Veteran manual can serve as a self-help resource to identify reasons to stress less
  • Updated 2019
 
Team Up to Facilitate Functioning (TUFF) Series: Interactive Brochures for Treatment of Postconcussive Symptoms in Returning Veterans with History of Traumatic Brain Injury
Tuff Brochure
These six modules address academic and cognitive skills, headaches, healthy sleep, and stress and mood management.
  • Brochures have 'Team Up' sections to encourage clinicians to collaborate with the Veteran
  • Modules have evidence-based brochures with references for community resources, pre- and post-intervention symptom assessment, and a user manual
  • Published 2011
 
The Safest Bet: A Guide to Understanding Problem Gambling for Veterans and Clinicians
The Safest Bet Guide
This guide aims to help Veterans, VA clinicians, and others learn more about issues related to gambling and to locate additional resources for problem gambling.
  • Can be used in sessions with a clinician, in a group with other Veterans, or as a self-help resource
  • Veterans using this guide for self-help are encouraged to seek out a VHA provider or other helping professional to answer additional questions or address any concerns
  • Has four modules that focus on readiness to change, thinking errors and tools, recovery, and Gamblers Anonymous
  • Includes resource list for finding help for problem gambling
  • Updated 2019
 
Veteran Parenting Toolkits
Veteran parenting toolkit
This toolkit includes five sets of age-specific parenting materials.
  • Good for young Veteran parents and their partners
  • Published 2010
 
Walking to Wellness: Exercise for Physical and Emotional Health
Walking to Wellness Manual
This manual is designed for adults experiencing mild to moderate stress, anxiety or depression symptoms and emphasizes using activity for emotional wellness.
  • Workbook can be used alone as a self-help guide
  • Includes tip sheets that outline basic information about exercise and its benefits, worksheets to plan activity, and personal logs to record experiences
  • Published 2015
 

Health Communication

Behavioral Medicine Management of Irritable Bowel Syndrome: A Referral Toolkit for Gastroenterology Providers
Behavioral Medicine Management of Irritable Bowel Syndrome Referral Toolkit
This toolkit helps gastroenterology providers identify the best candidates for behavioral medicine services and provide guidance for the referral process.
  • Decision support tools
  • Tips for educating patients about behavioral medicine treatment
  • Patient information about what irritable bowel syndrome is and how to manage it
  • Published 2018
 
Collaborative Safety Planning for Older Adults
Collaborative Safety Planning Manual
The manual is a collection of best practices and practical tips for safety planning, with a focus on issues that are common in older adult patients.
  • Best practices and practical tips for safety planning, with a focus on issues that are common in older adult patients
  • Increases the quality of safety plans and the likelihood that they will be understood and used by Veterans
  • Includes video that gives overview of the safety planning and how to use the manual
  • Published 2016
 
Provider Communication: Education and Practice in a Veterans Healthcare System
Provider Communication Guide
This training video and facilitator guide addresses provider-patient communication within the VA system.
  • Provides concrete and empirically supported techniques
  • Interactive sections help providers share effective communication techniques
  • Veterans are encouraged to use support from family, friends, and peers
  • Published 2016
 

Job Readiness

COMPASS: Vocational Materials for Veterans with Barriers to Employment
The About Face logo with the title of the COMPASS job readiness program
The job search process can be, and often is, a stressful experience for Veterans, especially if they have a history of felonies. Concern over rejection, fear of new experiences, feeling unqualified, and explaining their history are just some of the feelings that can occur. COMPASS is a job readiness course for Veterans seeking employment.
  • Includes a manual that covers topics such as skills, job applications, resumes, interviews, networking, and more.
  • Has 21 videos that demonstrate job readiness concepts that are discussed in the manual.
  • The manual will take you step by step through a process of identifying your interests, naming your weaknesses, and exploring options.
  • Particularly useful for Veterans with legal barriers to employment.
  • Published 2020
 

Mental Illness and Stigma

MAPS: A Guide to Managing Adult Psychiatric Symptoms for Family Members and Friends
MAPS guide to adult psychiatric symptoms
This caregiver support packet is designed to be provided to family members of Veterans who are diagnosed with a mental illness.
  • Good for families that cannot attend VA support/psychoeducational groups
  • Describes various mental illnesses
  • Addresses caregiver stress
  • Published 2009
 
Psychotherapy Options for Veterans with Psychosis Brochures
OCD Pulse Page
These brochures explain psychosocial interventions that can be helpful in the treatment of Veterans with psychosis.
  • Includes Veteran brochure that describes psychosis and what to expect during four treatment interventions
  • Includes clinician brochure that describes four psychosocial interventions for treating psychosis
  • Published 2019
 

Military Sexual Trauma

Courage Group
Courage group manual
This workbook is the manualization of a 12-week outpatient psychotherapy group for Veterans who have experienced sexual trauma:
  • Effects of trauma
  • Self-esteem
  • Trust
  • Relationships and intimacy
  • Confrontations and forgiveness
  • Celebration
  • Published 2006
 
Sexual Health After Military Sexual Trauma
Sexual Health After MST Brochures
These brochures for women and men raise awareness of the prevalence of sexual dysfunction after military sexual trauma (MST) and provide information on assessment and treatment of the disorder.
  • Includes brochures for providers and Veterans
  • Defines MST, sexual health, and sexual dysfunction
  • Veteran brochure describes sexual problems, the effects of MST on sexual health, resources, and how to get help at the VA
  • Provider brochure details DSM-5 and ICD-10 classifications for sexual dysfunction, provides tips on asking Veterans about sexual health, and lists resources for treatment, including the VA MST consultation program
  • Published 2018/2019
 

Pain

Gulf War Illness: Explaining Unexplained Symptoms
Image of service members alongside the words gulf war illness, explaining unexplained symptoms
This brochure describes the causes, symptoms, and treatment for Gulf War Illness.
  • Describes 3 diagnostic categories used to classify symptoms: fatigue, pain, and mood/cognitive difficulties
  • Describes treatment options for Gulf War Illness at VA
  • Provides registration information for the Gulf War Illness Registry
  • Published 2019
 
Pocket Guide for Clinicians for Management of Chronic Pain
Chronic Pain Guide
Helps primary care clinicians and trainees gain a basic understanding of pain and facilitate early assessment and interventions. Includes:
  • Brief synopsis of the various aspects of pain management
  • Pharmacological and non-pharmacological interventions known to be effective for pain management
  • Overview of Stepped Care Model for Pain Management
  • Published 2017
 
Veterans Tai Chi for Pain and Stress
Veterans Tai Chi for Pain and Stress
This video is a basic introduction to Tai Chi for Veterans and created by Veterans.
  • Can be used for mental, emotional and physical health
  • Helpful for people with limited ability to exercise
  • Can be done alone or in a group
  • Published 2018
 

PTSD and Other Trauma-Related Disorders

A Veteran's Guide to Talking With Kids About PTSD
Talking with kids about PTSD guide
This pamphlet is an honest and gentle guide in encouraging Veterans to consider their hopes and fears in talking with their kids about PTSD.
  • Can be used independently by a Veteran or in conjunction with a therapist as part of a therapy group, class, or workshop
  • Parents’ strengths are emphasized
  • Readers are encouraged to draw upon support from family members, friends, other Veterans
  • Rooted in a recovery approach and instills hope in Veteran parents, for both themselves and their children
  • Published 2015
 
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy for PTSD
acceptance and commitment therapy for ptsd manual
Aids clinicians in implementing a 10-week acceptance and commitment therapy group for Veterans with trauma-related disorders. Includes:
  • Clinician manual with detailed session-by-session guidelines
  • Veteran Handbook with notes and homework
  • Guidance in using the ACT framework to introduce Veterans to exposure therapy
  • Published 2017
 
Get Moving and Get Well Manual
Get moving and get well manual
This manual was developed for Veterans living with psychotic disorders, major depression, bipolar disorder, and severe PTSD who have difficulty identifying and making use of opportunities for physical activity.
  • Focus of this program is on wellness rather than weight management
  • Designed to be delivered in 60-minute classes scheduled twice a week for 12 weeks
  • Participants engage in walking, dancing, and stretching activities
  • 12-week follow-up cycle of the class is focused on community integration
  • Published 2013
 
Medication Management of PTSD in Veterans with mTBI Pocket Card
Typographic with the words Medication Management of PTSD in Veterans with mTBI
This pocket card is a clinical decision making tool that helps VA clinicians with pharmacological management of PTSD in Veterans with mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI). Includes:
  • Detailed table describing the PTSD Traumatic event exposure, Re-experiencing, Arousal, Unable to function, Month, Avoidance, and negative thoughts or feelings (TRAUMA) mnemonic
  • Description of the symptoms of mTBI and treatment of PTSD
  • Medication table that explains dosing and clinical considerations for comorbid PTSD/mTBI pharmacotherapy
  • Published 2019
 
PTSD Sleep Therapy Group Manual
PTSD sleep therapy manual
This 6-session treatment protocol includes education, behavioral, and cognitive strategies for sleep problems related to PTSD in an individual or group setting (CD not available).
  • Includes education, behavioral, and cognitive strategies for sleep problems related to PTSD
  • in an individual or group setting
  • Veterans are encouraged to use support from family, friends, and peers
  • Published 2009
 
Sexual Health After Military Sexual Trauma
Sexual Health After MST Brochures
These brochures for women and men raise awareness of the prevalence of sexual dysfunction after military sexual trauma (MST) and provide information on assessment and treatment of the disorder.
  • Includes brochures for providers and Veterans
  • Defines MST, sexual health, and sexual dysfunction
  • Veteran brochure describes sexual problems, the effects of MST on sexual health, resources, and how to get help at the VA
  • Provider brochure details DSM-5 and ICD-10 classifications for sexual dysfunction, provides tips on asking Veterans about sexual health, and lists resources for treatment, including the VA MST consultation program
  • Published 2018/2019
 

Stress

Calmer Life Program
Calmer Life Logo
Treatment materials for adults aged 50 and over with worry and stress. Includes:
  • Community workshop curriculum
  • Clinician intervention manual
  • Participant workbook
  • Enhanced community care (information and resource counseling) template
  • Published 2018
 
Stress Less: Relaxation Enhancement Group Manuals
Relaxation enhancement manuals
This brief relaxation intervention is meant to provide short-term symptom relief for anxiety and stress.
  • Recommended as an adjunct to established first-line treatment approaches
  • Includes manuals for therapists and Veterans
  • Therapist manual covers a comprehensive Relaxation Enhancement protocol that includes relaxation practices, resources, strategies, and a log
  • Veteran manual can serve as a self-help resource to identify reasons to stress less
  • Updated 2019
 
Veteran Wellness Guide
Veteran Wellness Guide
This guide is for Veterans who want to improve their well-being.
  • It is self-paced
  • Does not require a mental health professional to use
  • Includes practical approaches for sleeping well, eating healthy, stress reduction, and getting the most out of your life
  • Recommended by Veterans
  • Published 2019
 
Veterans Tai Chi for Pain and Stress
Veterans Tai Chi for Pain and Stress
This video is a basic introduction to Tai Chi for Veterans and created by Veterans.
  • Can be used for mental, emotional and physical health
  • Helpful for people with limited ability to exercise
  • Can be done alone or in a group
  • Published 2018
 
Walking to Wellness: Exercise for Physical and Emotional Health
Walking to Wellness Manual
This manual is designed for adults experiencing mild to moderate stress, anxiety or depression symptoms and emphasizes using activity for emotional wellness.
  • Workbook can be used alone as a self-help guide
  • Includes tip sheets that outline basic information about exercise and its benefits, worksheets to plan activity, and personal logs to record experiences
  • Published 2015
 

Suicide Prevention and Safety Planning

Collaborative Safety Planning for Older Adults
Collaborative Safety Planning Manual
The manual is a collection of best practices and practical tips for safety planning, with a focus on issues that are common in older adult patients.
  • Best practices and practical tips for safety planning, with a focus on issues that are common in older adult patients
  • Increases the quality of safety plans and the likelihood that they will be understood and used by Veterans
  • Includes video that gives overview of the safety planning and how to use the manual
  • Published 2016
 

Traumatic Brain Injury

Medication Management of PTSD in Veterans with mTBI Pocket Card
Typographic with the words Medication Management of PTSD in Veterans with mTBI
This pocket card is a clinical decision making tool that helps VA clinicians with pharmacological management of PTSD in Veterans with mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI). Includes:
  • Detailed table describing the PTSD Traumatic event exposure, Re-experiencing, Arousal, Unable to function, Month, Avoidance, and negative thoughts or feelings (TRAUMA) mnemonic
  • Description of the symptoms of mTBI and treatment of PTSD
  • Medication table that explains dosing and clinical considerations for comorbid PTSD/mTBI pharmacotherapy
  • Published 2019
 
Team Up to Facilitate Functioning (TUFF) Series: Interactive Brochures for Treatment of Postconcussive Symptoms in Returning Veterans with History of Traumatic Brain Injury
Tuff Brochure
These six modules address academic and cognitive skills, headaches, healthy sleep, and stress and mood management.
  • Brochures have 'Team Up' sections to encourage clinicians to collaborate with the Veteran
  • Modules have evidence-based brochures with references for community resources, pre- and post-intervention symptom assessment, and a user manual
  • Published 2011
 

Veterans and Families

A Veteran's Guide to Talking With Kids About PTSD
Talking with kids about PTSD guide
This pamphlet is an honest and gentle guide in encouraging Veterans to consider their hopes and fears in talking with their kids about PTSD.
  • Can be used independently by a Veteran or in conjunction with a therapist as part of a therapy group, class, or workshop
  • Parents’ strengths are emphasized
  • Readers are encouraged to draw upon support from family members, friends, other Veterans
  • Rooted in a recovery approach and instills hope in Veteran parents, for both themselves and their children
  • Published 2015
 
Community Reinforcement and Family Training – Support and Prevention
CRAFT manual cover
This family education manual is adapted from earlier work on the CRAFT model by Dr. Robert Meyers.
  • The program is designed to aide family members in improving their relationship with the addict/user, while encouraging the individual to seek treatment
  • Published 2001/Updated 2014
 
COMPASS: Vocational Materials for Veterans with Barriers to Employment
The About Face logo with the title of the COMPASS job readiness program
The job search process can be, and often is, a stressful experience for Veterans, especially if they have a history of felonies. Concern over rejection, fear of new experiences, feeling unqualified, and explaining their history are just some of the feelings that can occur. COMPASS is a job readiness course for Veterans seeking employment.
  • Includes a manual that covers topics such as skills, job applications, resumes, interviews, networking, and more.
  • Has 21 videos that demonstrate job readiness concepts that are discussed in the manual.
  • The manual will take you step by step through a process of identifying your interests, naming your weaknesses, and exploring options.
  • Particularly useful for Veterans with legal barriers to employment.
  • Published 2020
 
Delirium: What Families Need to Know
Delirium Brochure
This brochure is intended to help families and caregivers of Veterans understand and manage sudden changes in thinking or behavior in loved ones. Explores:
  • The definition of delirium
  • Risk factors for developing delirium
  • How clinicians manage delirium when it develops
  • Tips for helping loved ones who are experiencing delirium
  • Published 2015
 
LifeGuard, Operation: Coming Home
LifeGuard Website
This website is dedicated to helping returning Veterans reintegrate into their communities and families. Published 2013.
 
Management of Dementia Related Behaviors
Delirium Brochure
Dementia related behaviors include wandering, impulsivity, problems with sleep and appetite, feelings of depression, suicidal thoughts, and many others. These brochures help caregivers and providers identify and manage dementia-related behaviors.
  • Caregiver brochure defines dementia related behaviors, describes causes and treatments for these behaviors, and lists tips and services to encourage caregiver wellness.
  • Provider brochure is available in pocket and letter sizes and describes evaluation, contributing factors, and pharmacological and non-pharmacological management of dementia related behaviors.
  • Both brochures highlight resources for support.
  • Published 2020
 
MAPS: A Guide to Managing Adult Psychiatric Symptoms for Family Members and Friends
MAPS guide to adult psychiatric symptoms
This caregiver support packet is designed to be provided to family members of Veterans who are diagnosed with a mental illness.
  • Good for families that cannot attend VA support/psychoeducational groups
  • Describes various mental illnesses
  • Addresses caregiver stress
  • Published 2009
 
PACERS Video: Dementia and Driving
PACERS driving and dementia video
This video helps providers identify and address driving and can be used to educate families and Veterans and provide strategies about stopping driving. Published 2016.
 
Veteran Parenting Toolkits
Veteran parenting toolkit
This toolkit includes five sets of age-specific parenting materials.
  • Good for young Veteran parents and their partners
  • Published 2010
 
Veterans Tai Chi for Pain and Stress
Veterans Tai Chi for Pain and Stress
This video is a basic introduction to Tai Chi for Veterans and created by Veterans.
  • Can be used for mental, emotional and physical health
  • Helpful for people with limited ability to exercise
  • Can be done alone or in a group
  • Published 2018
 

Wellness

Get Moving and Get Well Manual
Get moving and get well manual
This manual was developed for Veterans living with psychotic disorders, major depression, bipolar disorder, and severe PTSD who have difficulty identifying and making use of opportunities for physical activity.
  • Focus of this program is on wellness rather than weight management
  • Designed to be delivered in 60-minute classes scheduled twice a week for 12 weeks
  • Participants engage in walking, dancing, and stretching activities
  • 12-week follow-up cycle of the class is focused on community integration
  • Published 2013
 
HERO: Healthy Emotions and ImpRoving Health Behavior Outcomes
HERO manual
The HERO program is a participant-centered integrated behavioral health treatment to improve psychological symptoms, health behaviors, and weight management among obese Veterans with coexisting emotional distress.
  • Includes clinician manual and Veteran workbook
  • Has six core and two elective sessions
  • Personalized and accessible
  • Includes scripts for clinicians to assist with teaching skills in the workbook
  • Published 2018
 
Veteran Wellness Guide
Veteran Wellness Guide
This guide is for Veterans who want to improve their well-being.
  • It is self-paced
  • Does not require a mental health professional to use
  • Includes practical approaches for sleeping well, eating healthy, stress reduction, and getting the most out of your life
  • Recommended by Veterans
  • Published 2019
 
Veterans Tai Chi for Pain and Stress
Veterans Tai Chi for Pain and Stress
This video is a basic introduction to Tai Chi for Veterans and created by Veterans.
  • Can be used for mental, emotional and physical health
  • Helpful for people with limited ability to exercise
  • Can be done alone or in a group
  • Published 2018
 
Walking to Wellness: Exercise for Physical and Emotional Health
Walking to Wellness Manual
This manual is designed for adults experiencing mild to moderate stress, anxiety or depression symptoms and emphasizes using activity for emotional wellness.
  • Workbook can be used alone as a self-help guide
  • Includes tip sheets that outline basic information about exercise and its benefits, worksheets to plan activity, and personal logs to record experiences
  • Published 2015
 
Wellness While Waiting Guide
Veteran Wellness Guide
The Wellness While Waiting patient education materials were designed to promote physical and emotional wellness for Veterans awaiting organ transplant and their caregivers. The guide covers several topics including common emotional responses to the wait for transplant, skills to increase emotional wellness, and strategies to continue engagement in health-affirming behaviors. The 5 supplemental handouts cover additional mental health topics (depression, anxiety, cognitive compensatory skills, relapse prevention for tobacco use, and relapse prevention for alcohol or other drug use). All materials also assist with care navigation within the VA by directing Veterans and their caregivers to appropriate resources. The Core Packet consists of:
  • The Wellness While Waiting Guide
  • Visit agenda cards to facilitate Veteran-Provider communication
  • A Caregiver Wellness handout to emphasize good caregiver self-care and offer further resources for caregiver support
  • Published 2020
 

All Products A-Z

A Therapist's Guide to Brief Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
A therapist's guide to brief cbt manual
This manual is designed to show how CBT can be adapted to brief sessions in medical settings.
  • Not intended to produce competence in CBT
  • Supports existing training and supervision in CBT
  • Published 2008
 
A Veteran's Guide to Talking With Kids About PTSD
Talking with kids about PTSD guide
This pamphlet is an honest and gentle guide in encouraging Veterans to consider their hopes and fears in talking with their kids about PTSD.
  • Can be used independently by a Veteran or in conjunction with a therapist as part of a therapy group, class, or workshop
  • Parents’ strengths are emphasized
  • Readers are encouraged to draw upon support from family members, friends, other Veterans
  • Rooted in a recovery approach and instills hope in Veteran parents, for both themselves and their children
  • Published 2015
 
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy: An Animated Review
Screenshot from the ACT Animated Review Video
These six brief videos walk learners through the ACT Hexaflex.
  • Acceptance
  • Defusion
  • Self as context
  • Contact with the present moment
  • Values
  • Committed action
  • Published 2015
 
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy for PTSD
acceptance and commitment therpay for ptsd manual
Aids clinicians in implementing a 10-week acceptance and commitment therapy group for Veterans with trauma-related disorders. Includes:
  • Clinician manual with detailed session-by-session guidelines
  • Veteran Handbook with notes and homework
  • Guidance in using the ACT framework to introduce Veterans to exposure therapy
  • Published 2017
 
ACCESS: Adjusting to Chronic Conditions with Education, Support, and Skills
ACCESS manual
This therapist guide and patient workbook are products of the ACCESS research study examining the effectiveness and implementation of a psychosocial intervention to address the physical and emotional issues faced by chronically ill patients.
  • Six active treatment sessions
  • Sessions 3-6 is flexible, allowing the flexibility to spend more than one session on focused skills
  • Follow-up booster telephone sessions are used to help solidify changes over time
  • Length of the active treatment and boosters is 16 weeks
  • Published 2015
 
Behavioral Medicine Management of Irritable Bowel Syndrome: A Referral Toolkit for Gastroenterology Providers
Behavioral Medicine Management of Irritable Bowel Syndrome Referral Toolkit
This toolkit helps gastroenterology providers identify the best candidates for behavioral medicine services and provide guidance for the referral process.
  • Decision support tools
  • Tips for educating patients about behavioral medicine treatment
  • Patient information about what irritable bowel syndrome is and how to manage it
  • Published 2018
 
Brief Digital Accelerator Treatment for Gambling (BDAT) Clinician Guide and Resources Workbook
Brief Digital Accelerator Treatment for Gambling Guide
This clinician guide and resources workbook helps providers use a brief intervention to treat problem gambling.
  • Includes a brief video overview to introduce the intervention
  • Includes Excel program that simulates games of chance that can be played at an accelerated pace to demonstrate the long-term effects of gambling
  • Published 2019
 
Calmer Life Program
Calmer Life Logo
Treatment materials for adults aged 50 and over with worry and stress. Includes:
  • Community workshop curriculum
  • Clinician intervention manual
  • Participant workbook
  • Enhanced community care (information and resource counseling) template
  • Published 2018
 
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Strategies
Therapist shaking hands with a military service member with the words cognitive behavioral therapy strategies
This is a practical guide for clinicians who want to use Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Depression (CBT-D) with Veterans.
  • Can be used as an additional resource to "Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Depression in Veterans and Military Service Members: Therapy Manual" (Wenzel, A., Brown, G. K., & Karlin, B. E., 2011)
  • Has sections for initial, middle, and later phases of CBT
  • Includes handouts for Veterans that can reinforce and validate ideas presented in session or serve as transitional objects as preparation for discharge and relapse prevention planning
  • Published 2019
 
Collaborative Safety Planning for Older Adults
Collaborative Safety Planning Manual
The manual is a collection of best practices and practical tips for safety planning, with a focus on issues that are common in older adult patients.
  • Best practices and practical tips for safety planning, with a focus on issues that are common in older adult patients
  • Increases the quality of safety plans and the likelihood that they will be understood and used by Veterans
  • Includes video that gives overview of the safety planning and how to use the manual
  • Published 2016
 
Community Reinforcement and Family Training – Support and Prevention
CRAFT manual cover
This family education manual is adapted from earlier work on the CRAFT model by Dr. Robert Meyers.
  • The program is designed to aide family members in improving their relationship with the addict/user, while encouraging the individual to seek treatment
  • Published 2001/Updated 2014
 
COMPASS: Vocational Materials for Veterans with Barriers to Employment
The About Face logo with the title of the COMPASS job readiness program
The job search process can be, and often is, a stressful experience for Veterans, especially if they have a history of felonies. Concern over rejection, fear of new experiences, feeling unqualified, and explaining their history are just some of the feelings that can occur. COMPASS is a job readiness course for Veterans seeking employment.
  • Includes a manual that covers topics such as skills, job applications, resumes, interviews, networking, and more.
  • Has 21 videos that demonstrate job readiness concepts that are discussed in the manual.
  • The manual will take you step by step through a process of identifying your interests, naming your weaknesses, and exploring options.
  • Particularly useful for Veterans with legal barriers to employment.
  • Published 2020
 
Courage Group
Courage group manual
This workbook is the manualization of a 12-week outpatient psychotherapy group for Veterans who have experienced sexual trauma:
  • Effects of trauma
  • Self-esteem
  • Trust
  • Relationships and intimacy
  • Confrontations and forgiveness
  • Celebration
  • Published 2006
 
Delirium: What Families Need to Know
Delirium Brochure
This brochure is intended to help families and caregivers of Veterans understand and manage sudden changes in thinking or behavior in loved ones. Explores:
  • The definition of delirium
  • Risk factors for developing delirium
  • How clinicians manage delirium when it develops
  • Tips for helping loved ones who are experiencing delirium
  • Published 2015
 
Dialectical Behavior Therapy: A Visual Review
DBT Visual Review Slide
Video training on DBT program modules (individual therapy, group therapy, consultation team, and phone coaching) and skills (mindfulness, interpersonal effectiveness, distress tolerance, and emotion regulation).
  • Training consists of 2 videos (totaling 1.5 hours) and handouts
  • Geared towards mental health clinicians who want to learn more about DBT or enhance their current practices
  • Can be viewed by clients or used during individual or group DBT therapy to provide psychoeducation
  • Published 2017
 
Get Moving and Get Well Manual
Get moving and get well manual
This manual was developed for Veterans living with psychotic disorders, major depression, bipolar disorder, and severe PTSD who have difficulty identifying and making use of opportunities for physical activity.
  • Focus of this program is on wellness rather than weight management
  • Designed to be delivered in 60-minute classes scheduled twice a week for 12 weeks
  • Participants engage in walking, dancing, and stretching activities
  • 12-week follow-up cycle of the class is focused on community integration
  • Published 2013
 
Gulf War Illness: Explaining Unexplained Symptoms
Image of service members alongside the words gulf war illness, explaining unexplained symptoms
This brochure describes the causes, symptoms, and treatment for Gulf War Illness.
  • Describes 3 diagnostic categories used to classify symptoms: fatigue, pain, and mood/cognitive difficulties
  • Describes treatment options for Gulf War Illness at VA
  • Provides registration information for the Gulf War Illness Registry
  • Published 2019
 
HERO: Healthy Emotions and ImpRoving Health Behavior Outcomes
HERO manual
The HERO program is a participant-centered integrated behavioral health treatment to improve psychological symptoms, health behaviors, and weight management among obese Veterans with coexisting emotional distress.
  • Includes clinician manual and Veteran workbook
  • Has six core and two elective sessions
  • Personalized and accessible
  • Includes scripts for clinicians to assist with teaching skills in the workbook
  • Published 2018
 
LifeGuard, Operation: Coming Home
LifeGuard Website
This website is dedicated to helping returning Veterans reintegrate into their communities and families. Published 2013.
 
Living with Purpose: A Guide for Getting More Out of Each Day
Living with purpose manual
This patient workbook is designed to complement formal treatment for depression.
  • Employs a behavioral activation approach to get Veterans more active and more involved in pleasurable activities
  • Includes brochure to guide providers through behavioral activation and goal setting
  • Published 2013
 
Medication Management of PTSD in Veterans with mTBI Pocket Card
Typographic with the words Medication Management of PTSD in Veterans with mTBI
This pocket card is a clinical decision making tool that helps VA clinicians with pharmacological management of PTSD in Veterans with mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI). Includes:
  • Detailed table describing the PTSD Traumatic event exposure, Re-experiencing, Arousal, Unable to function, Month, Avoidance, and negative thoughts or feelings (TRAUMA) mnemonic
  • Description of the symptoms of mTBI and treatment of PTSD
  • Medication table that explains dosing and clinical considerations for comorbid PTSD/mTBI pharmacotherapy
  • Published 2019
 
Management of Dementia Related Behaviors
Delirium Brochure
Dementia related behaviors include wandering, impulsivity, problems with sleep and appetite, feelings of depression, suicidal thoughts, and many others. These brochures help caregivers and providers identify and manage dementia-related behaviors.
  • Caregiver brochure defines dementia related behaviors, describes causes and treatments for these behaviors, and lists tips and services to encourage caregiver wellness.
  • Provider brochure is available in pocket and letter sizes and describes evaluation, contributing factors, and pharmacological and non-pharmacological management of dementia related behaviors.
  • Both brochures highlight resources for support.
  • Published 2020
 
MAPS: A Guide to Managing Adult Psychiatric Symptoms for Family Members and Friends
MAPS guide to adult psychiatric symptoms
This caregiver support packet is designed to be provided to family members of Veterans who are diagnosed with a mental illness.
  • Good for families that cannot attend VA support/psychoeducational groups
  • Describes various mental illnesses
  • Addresses caregiver stress
  • Published 2009
 
Multi-Setting Peaceful Mind: A Manual to Aid in the Management of Anxiety in Veterans with Memory Impairment
Multi-setting peaceful mind manual
This easy-to-follow manual outlines an evidence-supported cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) treatment for anxiety for older Veterans with dementia or cognitive impairment.
  • Includes worksheets for patients
  • Published 2013 | Updated 2020
 
OCD and Related Disorders SharePoint
OCD Pulse Page
This VA SharePoint is a place for mental health providers to find resources on the assessment and behavioral treatment of obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) and related disorders.
  • Discusses hoarding disorder, body dysmorphic disorder, excoriation disorder, trichotillomania, and obsessive compulsive personality disorder
  • VA SharePoint can only be accessed by VA employees from a VA computer
  • Includes a fact sheet (available to everyone) about the differential diagnosis between OCD and PTSD
  • Published 2018
 
PACERS Course 1: Dementia and Delirium (1 HOUR CEU)
PACERS dementia and delirium course
Learn how to define delirium and dementia according to DSM-5 criteria.
  • Identify the signs symptoms, evaluation, and treatment of delirium and dementia/dementia subtypes
  • Indicate differences between delirium and dementia
  • Published 2016
 
PACERS Course 2: Identifying and Assessing for Dementia (1 HOUR CEU)
PACERS identifying and assessing for dementia course
Learn how to identify and assess dementia.
  • Identify dementia warning signs
  • Describe benefits and barriers to dementia diagnosis
  • List the steps of the comprehensive assessment
  • Describe benefits and barriers to dementia diagnosis
  • Distinguish between dementia and other illnesses with similar symptoms
  • Published 2017
 
PACERS Course 3: Dementia Case Studies (1 HOUR CEU)
PACERS dementia case studies course
Learn how to apply dementia diagnostic skills by completing two case-based studies of Veterans presenting with signs of cognitive impairment.
  • Health care professionals can fine tune their diagnostic skills by completing a thorough evaluation
  • Published 2017
 
PACERS Course 4: Normal Cognitive Aging and Dementia Caregiving (1 HOUR CEU)
PACERS normal cognitive aging and dementia caregiving course
Learn about the differences between normal and abnormal cognitive aging and the importance of being a caregiver and available resources.
  • Signs of elder abuse and neglect
  • unique experiences of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) caregivers
  • Published 2017
 
PACERS Course 5: Addressing Decision Making and Safety in Dementia (1 HOUR CEU)
PACERS decision making and safety course
Learn topics related to decision-making, advanced-care planning and safety for Veterans with dementia. Specific topics include:
  • Competency, capacity and consent
  • Advanced care planning
  • Driving and dementia
  • Elder abuse
  • Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender caregivers
  • Published 2017
 
PACERS Course 6: Driving and Dementia (1 HOUR CEU)
PACERS dementia and driving course
Learn how to address diminished driving skills and decision-making in older drivers with dementia and their families. Published 2016.
 
PACERS Video: Dementia and Driving
PACERS driving and dementia video
This video helps providers identify and address driving and can be used to educate families and Veterans and provide strategies about stopping driving. Published 2016.
 
PACERS Video: How to Deliver the Diagnosis of Alzheimer's Disease
PACERS delivering alzheimer's diagnosis video
This video shows how to deliver the diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease with compassion.
  • Uses the S-P-I-K-E-S approach: “Setting”, “Perception”, “Invitation”, “Knowledge”, “Empathy” & “Strategy”
  • Published 2017
 
PACERS Video: How to Have an End-of-Life Discussion
PACERS end of life video
This video shows how to deliver difficult end-of-life news with compassion.
  • Uses the S-P-I-K-E-S approach: “Setting”, “Perception”, “Invitation”, “Knowledge”, “Empathy” & “Strategy”
  • Published 2017
 
PACERS Video: How to Identify Self-Neglect
PACERS self neglect video
Self-neglect is the most common form of elder abuse reported to Adult Protective Services. This video shows how to identify the warning signs of self-neglect. Published 2017.
 
Persons with Dementia: Skills for Addressing Challenging Behaviors
Health care provider assiting a patient with eating a meal
Learn how to address challenging behaviors in dementia.
 
Pocket Guide for Clinicians for Management of Chronic Pain
Chronic Pain Guide
Helps primary care clinicians and trainees gain a basic understanding of pain and facilitate early assessment and interventions. Includes:
  • Brief synopsis of the various aspects of pain management
  • Pharmacological and non-pharmacological interventions known to be effective for pain management
  • Overview of Stepped Care Model for Pain Management
  • Published 2017
 
Problem Gambling: Steps to Cut Down
Problem Gambling Brochure
This brochure describes gambling problems, how to briefly assess for gambling problems, and what steps can be taken to curtail the further development and continuation of gambling problems.
  • Uses information from the Shortened South Oaks Gambling Screen and DSM-5
  • Allows providers to conduct quick, on-site assessments
  • Educates on the existence of a gambling problem
  • Published 2013 | Updated 2020
 
Provider Communication: Education and Practice in a Veterans Healthcare System
Provider Communication Guide
This training video and facilitator guide addresses provider-patient communication within the VA system.
  • Provides concrete and empirically supported techniques
  • Interactive sections help providers share effective communication techniques
  • Veterans are encouraged to use support from family, friends, and peers
  • Published 2016
 
Psychotherapy Options for Veterans with Psychosis Brochures
OCD Pulse Page
These brochures explain psychosocial interventions that can be helpful in the treatment of Veterans with psychosis.
  • Includes Veteran brochure that describes psychosis and what to expect during four treatment interventions
  • Includes clinician brochure that describes four psychosocial interventions for treating psychosis
  • Published 2019
 
PTSD Sleep Therapy Group Manual
PTSD sleep therapy manual
This 6-session treatment protocol includes education, behavioral, and cognitive strategies for sleep problems related to PTSD in an individual or group setting (CD not available).
  • Includes education, behavioral, and cognitive strategies for sleep problems related to PTSD
  • in an individual or group setting
  • Veterans are encouraged to use support from family, friends, and peers
  • Published 2009
 
Self-Help STOP WORRY: A Tool for Older Veterans
Self-Help STOP WORRY Manual
This is a user-friendly, guided cognitive behavioral treatment of generalized anxiety disorder for Veterans 60 years of age or older who experience high levels of worry and anxiety (CD is no longer available).
  • The workbooks contain eight chapters detailing skills, including anxiety education and awareness, relaxation (Diaphragmatic Breathing and Progressive Muscle Relaxation [PMR]), problem solving, cognitive therapy, exposure and behavioral sleep management.
  • Self-help workbook contains practice exercises and forms to monitor progress
  • Workbook may be used independently or as a part of formal treatment
  • Published 2011 | Updated 2020
 
Sexual Health After Military Sexual Trauma
Sexual Health After MST Brochures
These brochures for women and men raise awareness of the prevalence of sexual dysfunction after military sexual trauma (MST) and provide information on assessment and treatment of the disorder.
  • Includes brochures for providers and Veterans
  • Defines MST, sexual health, and sexual dysfunction
  • Veteran brochure describes sexual problems, the effects of MST on sexual health, resources, and how to get help at the VA
  • Provider brochure details DSM-5 and ICD-10 classifications for sexual dysfunction, provides tips on asking Veterans about sexual health, and lists resources for treatment, including the VA MST consultation program
  • Published 2018/2019
 
Stress Less: Relaxation Enhancement Group Manuals
Relaxation enhancement manuals
This brief relaxation intervention is meant to provide short-term symptom relief for anxiety and stress.
  • Recommended as an adjunct to established first-line treatment approaches
  • Includes manuals for therapists and Veterans
  • Therapist manual covers a comprehensive Relaxation Enhancement protocol that includes relaxation practices, resources, strategies, and a log
  • Veteran manual can serve as a self-help resource to identify reasons to stress less
  • Updated 2019
 
Team Up to Facilitate Functioning (TUFF) Series: Interactive Brochures for Treatment of Postconcussive Symptoms in Returning Veterans with History of Traumatic Brain Injury
Tuff Brochure
These six modules address academic and cognitive skills, headaches, healthy sleep, and stress and mood management.
  • Brochures have 'Team Up' sections to encourage clinicians to collaborate with the Veteran
  • Modules have evidence-based brochures with references for community resources, pre- and post-intervention symptom assessment, and a user manual
  • Published 2011
 
The Safest Bet: A Guide to Understanding Problem Gambling for Veterans and Clinicians
The Safest Bet Guide
This guide aims to help Veterans, VA clinicians, and others learn more about issues related to gambling and to locate additional resources for problem gambling.
  • Can be used in sessions with a clinician, in a group with other Veterans, or as a self-help resource
  • Veterans using this guide for self-help are encouraged to seek out a VHA provider or other helping professional to answer additional questions or address any concerns
  • Has four modules that focus on readiness to change, thinking errors and tools, recovery, and Gamblers Anonymous
  • Includes resource list for finding help for problem gambling
  • Updated 2019
 
Veteran Parenting Toolkits
Veteran parenting toolkit
This toolkit includes five sets of age-specific parenting materials.
  • Good for young Veteran parents and their partners
  • Published 2010
 
Veteran Wellness Guide
Veteran Wellness Guide
This guide is for Veterans who want to improve their well-being.
  • It is self-paced
  • Does not require a mental health professional to use
  • Includes practical approaches for sleeping well, eating healthy, stress reduction, and getting the most out of your life
  • Recommended by Veterans
  • Published 2019
 
Veterans Tai Chi for Pain and Stress
Veterans Tai Chi for Pain and Stress
This video is a basic introduction to Tai Chi for Veterans and created by Veterans.
  • Can be used for mental, emotional and physical health
  • Helpful for people with limited ability to exercise
  • Can be done alone or in a group
  • Published 2018
 
Walking to Wellness: Exercise for Physical and Emotional Health
Walking to Wellness Manual
This manual is designed for adults experiencing mild to moderate stress, anxiety or depression symptoms and emphasizes using activity for emotional wellness.
  • Workbook can be used alone as a self-help guide
  • Includes tip sheets that outline basic information about exercise and its benefits, worksheets to plan activity, and personal logs to record experiences
  • Published 2015
 
Wellness While Waiting Guide
Veteran Wellness Guide
The Wellness While Waiting patient education materials were designed to promote physical and emotional wellness for Veterans awaiting organ transplant and their caregivers. The guide covers several topics including common emotional responses to the wait for transplant, skills to increase emotional wellness, and strategies to continue engagement in health-affirming behaviors. The 5 supplemental handouts cover additional mental health topics (depression, anxiety, cognitive compensatory skills, relapse prevention for tobacco use, and relapse prevention for alcohol or other drug use). All materials also assist with care navigation within the VA by directing Veterans and their caregivers to appropriate resources. The Core Packet consists of:
  • The Wellness While Waiting Guide
  • Visit agenda cards to facilitate Veteran-Provider communication
  • A Caregiver Wellness handout to emphasize good caregiver self-care and offer further resources for caregiver support
  • Published 2020
 

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