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Addiction

Anger management manualGambling Education Workbook
This 8-session gambling education workbook and resource guide integrates cognitive-behavioral and 12-step approaches. Great for substance abuse treatment programs.
Workbook | Order CD
 
 
Anger management manualProblem Gambling: Assessing for and Making Plans for Reduction
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. The brochure utilizes information from the Shortened South Oaks Gambling Screen as well as the DSM-5. This highly accessible and easily transportable information will not only allow providers to conduct quick, on-site assessments within any type of Veteran-utilized clinic, it will also help educate providers and Veterans alike about whether a gambling problem may exist.
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Anxiety

A therapist's guide to brief cbt manualA Therapist's Guide to Brief Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
This manual is designed to show how CBT can be adapted to brief sessions in medical settings. The manual is not intended to produce competence in CBT but to support existing training and supervision in CBT.
Manual
 
Multi-setting peaceful mind manualMulti-Setting Peaceful Mind: A Manual to Aid in the Management of Anxiety in Veterans with Memory Impairment
This easy-to-follow manual outlines an evidence-supported cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) treatment for anxiety with older adults with dementia. The manual includes helpful worksheets for patients.
Manual
 
Self-Help STOP WORRY ManualSelf-Help STOP WORRY: A Tool for Older Veterans
This clinician guide and self-help workbook provide 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. The self-help workbook contains practice exercises and forms to monitor progress. There is also a CD with instructions for diaphragmatic breathing and progressive muscle relaxation. The workbook may be used independently or as a component of formal treatment.
Clincian Guide | Self-Help Workbook | Order CD
 

Cognitive Impairment and Dementia

Delirium BrochureDelirium: What Families Need to Know
This brochure is intended to help families and caregivers of Veterans understand and manage sudden changes in thinking or behavior in loved ones. This brochure explores the definition of delirium, risk factors for developing delirium, symptoms, how clinicians manage delirium when it develops, and tips for helping loved ones who are experiencing delirium.
Brochure
 
PACERS driving and dementia videoDementia and Driving: Hanging Up the Keys
This video helps providers identify and address driving and can be used to educate families and Veterans and provide strategies about stopping driving.
View Video
 
PACERS delivering alzheimer's diagnosis videoHow to Deliver the Diagnosis of Alzheimer's Disease
View Video
 
PACERS end of life videoHow to Have an End-of-Life Discussion
View Video
 
PACERS self neglect videoHow to Identify Self-Neglect
View Video
 
PACERS dementia case studies coursePACERS: Dementia Case Studies (1 HOUR CEU)
Learn how to apply dementia diagnostic skills by completing two case-based studies of Veterans presenting with signs of cognitive impairment. This course builds on knowledge learned from previous PACERS e-learning modules to diagnose and manage dementia.
Start Course VA Providers | VHA TRAIN (for non-VA providers) Coming Soon
 
PACERS dementia and delirium coursePACERS: Dementia and Delirium E-Learning Course (1 HOUR CEU)
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, and indicate differences between delirium and dementia.
Start Course VA Providers | Start Course Non-VA Providers
 
PACERS dementia and driving coursePACERS: Driving and Dementia E-Learning Course (1 HOUR CEU)
Learn how to address diminished driving skills and decision-making in older drivers with dementia and their families.
Start Course VA Providers | Start Course Non-VA Providers
 
PACERS identifying and assessing for dementia coursePACERS: Identifying and Assessing for Dementia (1 HOUR CEU)
Learn how to identify dementia warning signs, describe benefits and barriers to dementia diagnosis, list the steps of the comprehensive assessment, identify commonly used brief cognitive tools, and distinguish between dementia and other illnesses with similar symptoms.
Start Course VA Providers | Start Course Non-VA Providers
 

Depression

Discontinuing Medication BrochureDiscontinuing Your Medication for Depression Patient Brochure
This brief take-home guide covers withdrawal symptoms and warnings of signs of returning depression. Content covers withdrawal symptoms and warnings of signs of returning depression.
Flyer | Brochure
 
Living with purpose manualLiving with Purpose: A Guide for Getting More Out of Each Day
This patient workbook is designed to complement formal treatment for depression. The workbook employs a behavioral activation approach to get Veterans more active and more involved in pleasurable activities.
Manual | Brochure
 

Evidence-Based Interventions

A therapist's guide to brief cbt manualA Therapist's Guide to Brief Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
This manual is designed to show how CBT can be adapted to brief sessions in medical settings. The manual is not intended to produce competence in CBT but to support existing training and supervision in CBT.
Manual
 
acceptance and commitment therpay videoAcceptance and Commitment Therapy: An Animated Review
These six brief videos walk learners through the ACT Hexaflex, illustrating the core processes of psychological flexibility: acceptance, defusion, self as context, contact with the present moment, values, and committed action.
YouTube Video | TMS Video
 
acceptance and commitment therpay for ptsd manualAcceptance and Commitment Therapy for PTSD
Aids clinicians in implementing a 10-week acceptance and commitment therapy group for Veterans with trauma-related disorders. It includes a clinician manual with detailed session-by-session guidelines and a Veteran Handbook that includes notes and homework assignments. The manual offers specific guidance in utilizing the ACT framework to introduce Veterans to exposure therapy.
Therapist Manual | Patient Handbook
 
acceptance and commitment therpay for ptsd manualACCESS: Adjusting to Chronic Conditions with Education, Support, and Skills
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. ACCESS involves six active treatment sessions. Content in sessions 3-6 is flexible, allowing the flexibility to spend more than one session on focused skills, as needed. Follow-up booster telephone sessions are used to help solidify changes over time. The length of the active treatment and boosters is 16 weeks.
Clinician Manual | Patient Workbook
 
Anger management manualAnger Management Patient Handbook and Instructor's Guide
This is an 8-session cognitive-behavioral workbook for group treatment. It describes ways to manage anger and teaches Veterans constructive ways to express themselves. Great for a new group.
Patient Guide | Instructor Guide | Handouts
 
Anger management manualCommunity Reinforcement and Family Training – Support and Prevention (CRAFT-SP)
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.
Manual
 
Courage group manualCourage Group
This workbook is the manualization of a 12-week outpatient psychotherapy group for Veterans who have experienced sexual trauma. The workbook focuses on effects of trauma, coping with emotions, self-esteem, trust, relationships and intimacy, confrontations and forgiveness, and celebration.
Instructor Guide | Handouts
 
DBT Visual Review SlideDialectical Behavior Therapy: A Visual Review
These videos provide training on DBT program modules (individual therapy, group therapy, consultation team, and phone coaching) and skills (mindfulness, interpersonal effectiveness, distress tolerance, and emotion regulation). The training consists of 2 videos (totaling 1.5 hours) and handouts. It is geared towards mental health clinicians who would like to learn more about DBT or enhance their current DBT practices. The training can also be viewed by clients or used during individual or group DBT therapy to provide psychoeducation.
Videos and Handouts
 
Anger management manualGambling Education Workbook
This 8-session gambling education workbook and resource guide integrates cognitive-behavioral and 12-step approaches. Great for substance abuse treatment programs.
Workbook | Order CD
 
Get moving and get well manualGet 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.
Manual
 
Living with purpose manualLiving with Purpose: A Guide for Getting More Out of Each Day
This patient workbook is designed to complement formal treatment for depression. The workbook employs a behavioral activation approach to get Veterans more active and more involved in pleasurable activities.
Manual | Brochure
 
Multi-setting peaceful mind manualMulti-Setting Peaceful Mind: A Manual to Aid in the Management of Anxiety in Veterans with Memory Impairment
This easy-to-follow manual outlines an evidence-supported cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) treatment for anxiety with older adults with dementia. The manual includes helpful worksheets for patients.
Manual
 
Operation enduring families manualOperation Enduring Families: A Support and Education Program for Returning Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans and Their Families Manual
This 5-session psychoeducational class is for returning Iraq and Afghanistan war Veterans and their families. Topics include deployment and its impact on the family; parenting tips; communication skills; coping with depression, PTSD, and anger; and reconnecting as a family. The manual also includes promotional materials, leader’s guide, and participant handouts.
Manual
 
Playing it safer manualPlaying It Safer Workbook
This is a 4-session behavioral skills-based group program to reduce HIV sexual risk. Good for substance abuse treatment programs.
Facilitator Manual | Evaluation | Pretest | Postest
 
Preparing Veterans for Group Psychotherapy
A 25-minute DVD for Veterans that features Veterans discussing their experiences in group psychotherapy and how this treatment has been helpful. This is a good orientation to group therapy.
Order DVD
 
PTSD sleep therapy manualPTSD Sleep Therapy Group Manual
This 6-session treatment protocol includes education, behavioral, and cognitive strategies for sleep problems related to PTSD in an individual or group setting. The accompanying CD is no longer available.
Patient Manual | Therapist Manual
 
REACH manualREACH: Reaching Out to Educate and Assist Caring, Healthy Families
This is a multifamily group psychoeducational program for Veterans living with PTSD and their families.
Provider Manual | Student Manual
 
Relaxation enhancement therapist manualRelaxation Enhancement Therapist Manual/Stress-for-Less Patient Manual
This is a step-by-step guide for teaching relaxation skills using breathing control, muscle relaxation, and guided imagery in a group format.
Therapist Manual | Patient Manual | Log
 
SAFE manualSAFE Program Manual-Revised
An 18-session workshop and resource guide for educating families of Veterans with chronic mental illness. Very helpful if starting family services for first time.
Manual
 
Self-Help STOP WORRY ManualSelf-Help STOP WORRY: A Tool for Older Veterans
This clinician guide and self-help workbook provide 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. The self-help workbook contains practice exercises and forms to monitor progress. There is also a CD with instructions for diaphragmatic breathing and progressive muscle relaxation. The workbook may be used independently or as a component of formal treatment.
Clincian Guide | Self-Help Workbook | Order CD
 
Tuff BrochureTeam Up to Facilitate Functioning (TUFF) Series: Interactive Brochures for Treatment of Postconcussive Symptoms in Returning Veterans with History of Traumatic Brain Injury
The six online TUFF modules address academic and cognitive skills, headaches, healthy sleep, and stress and mood management. Each brochure contains several 'Team Up' sections designed to encourage clinicians to personalize the administration of each brochure and practice new skills through collaboration with the Veteran. Each module includes an evidence based interactive brochure with references for additional community resources, pre- and post-intervention symptom assessment, and a user manual.
Brochures
 
Veteran parenting toolkitVeteran Parenting Toolkits
This toolkit includes five sets of age-specific parenting materials for young Veteran parents and their partners.
Toolkits
 
Working with Couples websiteWorking With Couples Training Modules
These six modules provide an overview of essential content and skills for treating the Veteran and his or her partner or spouse who struggle with communication problems, anger and conflict, mental illness, trauma, and reintegration into the family after deployment. This training targets VA clinicians but may be helpful to non-VA providers who work with Veterans. Additional training and supervision are required to become competent to provide couples therapy.
Website

Health Communication

Collaborative Safety Planning ManualCollaborative Safety Planning for Older Adults
This brief 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. The purpose of the collaborative approach is to increase the quality of safety plans and the likelihood that they will be understood and used by Veterans. This manual can be used on its own by staff who are familiar with safety planning. Ideally, staff would hold a training to discuss manual content, demonstrate techniques, and answer questions. Afterward, the manual can serve as a reference tool.
Manual | Wallet Card 
 
Provider Communication GuideProvider Communication: Education and Practice in a Veterans Healthcare System
This training video and facilitator guide addresses provider-patient communication within the VA system. It provides concrete and empirically supported techniques that can be used by providers to improve Veteran understanding of their healthcare in any department. The training incorporates significant interactive components, allowing groups of providers to share effective communication techniques with each other. Positive outcomes of the training include improved communication between providers and patients, which leads to higher satisfaction both for Veterans and for providers.
Video | Facilitator Manual | Wallet Card
 

Mental Illness and Stigma

MAPS guide to adult psychiatric symptomsMAPS: A Guide to Managing Adult Psychiatric Symptoms for Family Members and Friends
This caregiver support packet is designed to be provided to family members of Veterans who are diagnosed with a mental illness, especially family members who cannot attend support/psychoeducational groups at the VA. Content information describes various mental illnesses and addresses caregiver stress.
Guide
 
Recovery: A Journey of Healing and Transformation
This 48-minute DVD was developed to introduce the recovery model to Veterans with mental illness, family members and significant others, and medical center staff.
Order DVD
 
Us and Them: The Experience of Mental Health Stigma
This PowerPoint program on CD and manual provides a facilitator-guided presentation for a medical center staff to challenge their beliefs about mental illness and promote greater sensitivity.
Order CD
 

Pain

Chronic Pain GuidePocket Guide for Clinicians for Management of Chronic Pain
This guide was developed to help primary care clinicians and trainees gain a basic understanding of pain and facilitate early assessment and interventions. It gives a brief synopsis of the various aspects of pain management including the types of pain, neurobiology of pain, common medical and psychiatric co-morbidities and the essential elements of pain assessment. In addition, there is an overview of Stepped Care Model for Pain Management, and the various pharmacological and non-pharmacological interventions known to be effective for pain management.
Pocket Guide | Pocket Guide with Printer's Crop Marks
 

PTSD and Other Trauma-Related Disorders

Talking with kids about PTSD guideA Veteran's Guide to Talking With Kids About PTSD
This pamphlet can be used independently by a Veteran or in conjunction with a therapist as part of a therapy group, class, or workshop. The resource is honest, yet gentle in encouraging Veterans to consider their hopes and fears in talking with their kids about PTSD. Parents’ strengths are emphasized, and readers are encouraged to draw upon support from family members, friends, other Veterans, and mental health professionals. This resource is rooted in a recovery approach and instills hope in Veteran parents, for both themselves and their children.
Guide
 
acceptance and commitment therpay for ptsd manualAcceptance and Commitment Therapy for PTSD
Aids clinicians in implementing a 10-week acceptance and commitment therapy group for Veterans with trauma-related disorders. It includes a clinician manual with detailed session-by-session guidelines and a Veteran Handbook that includes notes and homework assignments. The manual offers specific guidance in utilizing the ACT framework to introduce Veterans to exposure therapy.
Therapist Manual | Patient Handbook
 
PTSD sleep therapy manualPTSD Sleep Therapy Group Manual
This 6-session treatment protocol includes education, behavioral, and cognitive strategies for sleep problems related to PTSD in an individual or group setting. The accompanying CD is no longer available.
Patient Manual | Therapist Manual
 
Recovery: A Journey of Healing and Transformation
This 48-minute DVD was developed to introduce the recovery model to Veterans with mental illness, family members and significant others, and medical center staff. The program illustrates the dimensions of recovery through veteran-consumer testimonials and a simulated community meeting. Additional online resources are identified in the credits.
Order DVD
 
Resilience to Trauma
This three-part DVD depicts World War II ex-Prisoners of War describing their internment experiences and life after captivity. This visually engaging program is intended to communicate to Veterans of all eras and to the general public that people can and do cope after horrific events.
Order DVD
 

Stress

Relaxation enhancement therapist manualRelaxation Enhancement Therapist Manual/Stress-for-Less Patient Manual
This is a step-by-step guide for teaching relaxation skills using breathing control, muscle relaxation, and guided imagery in a group format.
Therapist Manual | Patient Manual | Log
 
Working with Couples websiteWorking With Couples Training Modules
These six modules provide an overview of essential content and skills for treating the Veteran and his or her partner or spouse who struggle with communication problems, anger and conflict, mental illness, trauma, and reintegration into the family after deployment.
Website
 

Suicide Prevention and Safety Planning

Collaborative Safety Planning ManualCollaborative Safety Planning for Older Adults
This brief 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. The purpose of the collaborative approach is to increase the quality of safety plans and the likelihood that they will be understood and used by Veterans. This manual can be used on its own by staff who are familiar with safety planning. Ideally, staff would hold a training to discuss manual content, demonstrate techniques, and answer questions. Afterward, the manual can serve as a reference tool.
Manual | Wallet Card
 

Traumatic Brain Injury

After the dust settles dvdAfter the Dust Settles Traumatic Brain Injury Assessment DVD
This 55-minute instructional DVD demonstrates basic techniques to help clinicians recognize a history of combat-related mild traumatic brain injury, assess current symptoms, and provide feedback to the Veteran regarding the assessment results.
Order DVD
 
Making the invisible visible brochureMaking the Invisible Visible: Clinical Guide for Recognizing Traumatic Brain Injury in Veterans
This graphically powerful staff brochure is designed to increase clinician awareness about and screening for traumatic brain injury in returning Veterans.
Brochure
 
Tuff BrochureTeam Up to Facilitate Functioning (TUFF) Series: Interactive Brochures for Treatment of Postconcussive Symptoms in Returning Veterans with History of Traumatic Brain Injury
The six online TUFF modules address academic and cognitive skills, headaches, healthy sleep, and stress and mood management. Each brochure contains several 'Team Up' sections designed to encourage clinicians to personalize the administration of each brochure and practice new skills through collaboration with the Veteran. Each module includes an evidence based interactive brochure with references for additional community resources, pre- and post-intervention symptom assessment, and a user manual.
Brochures
 

Veterans and Families

Talking with kids about PTSD guideA Veteran's Guide to Talking With Kids About PTSD
This pamphlet can be used independently by a Veteran or in conjunction with a therapist as part of a therapy group, class, or workshop. The resource is honest, yet gentle in encouraging Veterans to consider their hopes and fears in talking with their kids about PTSD. Parents’ strengths are emphasized, and readers are encouraged to draw upon support from family members, friends, other Veterans, and mental health professionals. This resource is rooted in a recovery approach and instills hope in Veteran parents, for both themselves and their children.
Guide
 
Anger management manualCommunity Reinforcement and Family Training – Support and Prevention (CRAFT-SP)
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.
Manual
 
Delirium BrochureDelirium: What Families Need to Know
This brochure is intended to help families and caregivers of Veterans understand and manage sudden changes in thinking or behavior in loved ones. This brochure explores the definition of delirium, risk factors for developing delirium, symptoms, how clinicians manage delirium when it develops, and tips for helping loved ones who are experiencing delirium.
Brochure
 
PACERS driving and dementia videoDementia and Driving: Hanging Up the Keys
This video helps providers identify and address driving and can be used to educate families and Veterans and provide strategies about stopping driving.
View Video
 
LGBTQ Conference Development: Recommendations for Organizing a Successful Training Event at Your VA
On this DVD, successful conference organizers give a rationale for conducting an LGBTQ educational meeting. They describe the planning process and provide tips for setting goals, identifying speakers, involving community organizations, and finding funding support. The purpose of the DVD is to help facilitate similar diversity conferences throughout the VA system.
Order DVD
 
LifeGuard WebsiteLifeGuard, Operation: Coming Home
This website is dedicated to helping returning Veterans reintegrate into their communities and families. The site thanks service members and their families for their sacrifice and dedication to our country.
Website
 
Provider Communication GuideMAPS: A Guide to Managing Adult Psychiatric Symptoms for Family Members and Friends
This caregiver support packet is designed to be provided to family members of Veterans who are diagnosed with a mental illness, especially family members who cannot attend support/psychoeducational groups at the VA. Content information describes various mental illnesses and addresses caregiver stress.
Guide
 
Operation enduring families manualOperation Enduring Families: A Support and Education Program for Returning Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans and Their Families Manual
This 5-session psychoeducational class is for returning Iraq and Afghanistan war Veterans and their families. Topics include deployment and its impact on the family; parenting tips; communication skills; coping with depression, PTSD, and anger; and reconnecting as a family. The manual also includes promotional materials, leader’s guide, and participant handouts.
Manual
 
REACH manualREACH: Reaching Out to Educate and Assist Caring, Healthy Families
This is a multifamily group psychoeducational program for Veterans living with PTSD and their families.
Provider Manual | Student Manual
 
SAFE manualSAFE Program Manual-Revised
An 18-session workshop and resource guide for educating families of Veterans with chronic mental illness. Very helpful if starting family services for first time.
Manual
 
Veteran parenting toolkitVeteran Parenting Toolkits
This toolkit includes five sets of age-specific parenting materials for young Veteran parents and their partner.
Toolkits
 
Working with Couples websiteWorking With Couples Training Modules
These six modules provide an overview of essential content and skills for treating the Veteran and his or her partner or spouse who struggle with communication problems, anger and conflict, mental illness, trauma, and reintegration into the family after deployment.This training targets VA clinicians but may be helpful to non-VA providers who work with Veterans. Additional training and supervision are required to become competent to provide couples therapy.
Website
 

Wellness

Get moving and get well manualGet 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.
Manual
 
Hepatitis C and Other Communicable Diseases Posing Threats to Homeless Veterans Brochure and DVD
This brief brochure and DVD provide basic description and prevention information on hepatitis A, B & C, trichomoniasis, chlamydia, gonorrhea, syphilis, pelvic inflammatory disease, genital warts, HIV, genital herpes, pubic lice, West Nile virus, body lice, influenza, TB and others for homeless Veterans.
Order Brochure and DVD
 
Insomnia brochureInsomnia: Difficulty Falling Asleep or Staying Asleep, and Quality of Sleep Brochure
This is a brief overview of causes of insomnia and tips for sleeping better.
Brochure
 
Playing it safer manualPlaying It Safer Workbook
This is a 4-session behavioral skills-based group program to reduce HIV sexual risk. Good for substance abuse treatment programs.
Facilitator Manual | Evaluation | Pretest | Postest
 
Walking to Wellness ManualWalking to Wellness: Exercise for Physical and Emotional Health.
This manual is designed for adults experiencing mild to moderate stress, anxiety or depression symptoms and emphasizes using activity for emotional wellness.
Workbook | Facilitator Manual
 

All Products A-Z

A therapist's guide to brief cbt manualA Therapist's Guide to Brief Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
This manual is designed to show how CBT can be adapted to brief sessions in medical settings. The manual is not intended to produce competence in CBT but to support existing training and supervision in CBT.
Manual
 
Talking with kids about PTSD guideA Veteran's Guide to Talking With Kids About PTSD
This pamphlet can be used independently by a Veteran or in conjunction with a therapist as part of a therapy group, class, or workshop. The resource is honest, yet gentle in encouraging Veterans to consider their hopes and fears in talking with their kids about PTSD. Parents’ strengths are emphasized, and readers are encouraged to draw upon support from family members, friends, other Veterans, and mental health professionals. This resource is rooted in a recovery approach and instills hope in Veteran parents, for both themselves and their children.
Guide
 
ACT for PTSD ManualAcceptance and Commitment Therapy: An Animated Review
These six brief videos walk learners through the ACT Hexaflex, illustrating the core processes of psychological flexibility: acceptance, defusion, self as context, contact with the present moment, values, and committed action.
YouTube Video | TMS Video
 
acceptance and commitment therpay for ptsd manualAcceptance and Commitment Therapy for PTSD
Aids clinicians in implementing a 10-week acceptance and commitment therapy group for Veterans with trauma-related disorders. It includes a clinician manual with detailed session-by-session guidelines and a Veteran Handbook that includes notes and homework assignments. The manual offers specific guidance in utilizing the ACT framework to introduce Veterans to exposure therapy.
Therapist Manual | Patient Handbook
 
acceptance and commitment therpay for ptsd manualACCESS: Adjusting to Chronic Conditions with Education, Support, and Skills
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. ACCESS involves six active treatment sessions. Content in sessions 3-6 is flexible, allowing the flexibility to spend more than one session on focused skills, as needed. Follow-up booster telephone sessions are used to help solidify changes over time. The length of the active treatment and boosters is 16 weeks.
Clinician Manual | Patient Workbook
 
After the dust settles dvdAfter the Dust Settles Traumatic Brain Injury Assessment DVD
This 55-minute instructional DVD demonstrates basic techniques to help clinicians recognize a history of combat-related mild traumatic brain injury, assess current symptoms, and provide feedback to the Veteran regarding the assessment results.
Order DVD
 
Anger management manualAnger Management Patient Handbook and Instructor's Guide
This is an 8-session cognitive-behavioral workbook for group treatment. It describes ways to manage anger and teaches Veterans constructive ways to express themselves. Great for a new group.
Patient Guide | Instructor Guide | Handouts
 
Collaborative Safety Planning ManualCollaborative Safety Planning for Older Adults
This brief 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. The purpose of the collaborative approach is to increase the quality of safety plans and the likelihood that they will be understood and used by Veterans. This manual can be used on its own by staff who are familiar with safety planning. Ideally, staff would hold a training to discuss manual content, demonstrate techniques, and answer questions. Afterward, the manual can serve as a reference tool.
Manual | Wallet Card
 
Anger management manualCommunity Reinforcement and Family Training – Support and Prevention (CRAFT-SP)
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.
Manual
 
Courage group manualCourage Group
This workbook is the manualization of a 12-week outpatient psychotherapy group for Veterans who have experienced sexual trauma. The workbook focuses on effects of trauma, coping with emotions, self-esteem, trust, relationships and intimacy, confrontations and forgiveness, and celebration.
Instructor Guide | Handouts
 
Delirium BrochureDelirium: What Families Need to Know
This brochure is intended to help families and caregivers of Veterans understand and manage sudden changes in thinking or behavior in loved ones. This brochure explores the definition of delirium, risk factors for developing delirium, symptoms, how clinicians manage delirium when it develops, and tips for helping loved ones who are experiencing delirium.
Brochure
 
PACERS driving and dementia videoDementia and Driving: Hanging Up the Keys
This video helps providers identify and address driving and can be used to educate families and Veterans and provide strategies about stopping driving.
View Video
 
DBT Visual Review SlideDialectical Behavior Therapy: A Visual Review.
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). The training consists of 2 videos (totaling 1.5 hours) and handouts. It is geared towards mental health clinicians who would like to learn more about DBT or enhance their current DBT practices. The training can also be viewed by clients or used during individual or group DBT therapy to provide psychoeducation.
Videos and Handouts
 
Discontinuing medication brochureDiscontinuing Your Medication for Depression Patient Brochure
This brief take-home guide is for patients who are discontinuing their antidepressants. Content covers withdrawal symptoms and warnings of signs of returning depression.
Flyer | Brochure
 
Anger management manualGambling Education Workbook
This 8-session gambling education workbook and resource guide integrates cognitive-behavioral and 12-step approaches. Great for substance abuse treatment programs.
Workbook | Order CD
 
Get moving and get well manualGet 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.
Manual
 
Hepatitis C and Other Communicable Diseases Posing Threats to Homeless Veterans Brochure and DVD
Order Brochure and DVD
 
PACERS delivering alzheimer's diagnosis videoHow to Deliver the Diagnosis of Alzheimer's Disease
View Video
 
PACERS end of life videoHow to Have an End-of-Life Discussion
View Video
 
PACERS self neglect videoHow to Identify Self-Neglect
View Video
 
Insomnia brochureInsomnia: Difficulty Falling Asleep or Staying Asleep, and Quality of Sleep Brochure
This is a brief overview of causes of insomnia and tips for sleeping better.
Brochure
 
LGBTQ Conference Development: Recommendations for Organizing a Successful Training Event at Your VA
On this DVD, successful conference organizers give a rationale for conducting an LGBTQ educational meeting. They describe the planning process and provide tips for setting goals, identifying speakers, involving community organizations, and finding funding support. The purpose of the DVD is to help facilitate similar diversity conferences throughout the VA system
Order DVD
 
LifeGuard WebsiteLifeGuard, Operation: Coming Home
This website is dedicated to helping returning Veterans reintegrate into their communities and families. The site thanks service members and their families for their sacrifice and dedication to our country.
Website
 
Living with purpose manualLiving with Purpose: A Guide for Getting More Out of Each Day
This patient workbook is designed to complement formal treatment for depression. The workbook employs a behavioral activation approach to get Veterans more active and more involved in pleasurable activities.
Manual | Brochure
 
Making the invisible visible brochureMaking the Invisible Visible: Clinical Guide for Recognizing Traumatic Brain Injury in Veterans
This graphically powerful staff brochure is designed to increase clinician awareness about and screening for traumatic brain injury in returning Veterans. Screening questions and “next step” recommendations included.
Brochure
 
MAPS guide to adult psychiatric symptomsMAPS: A Guide to Managing Adult Psychiatric Symptoms for Family Members and Friends
This caregiver support packet is designed to be provided to family members of Veterans who are diagnosed with a mental illness, especially family members who cannot attend support/psychoeducational groups at the VA. Content information describes various mental illnesses and addresses caregiver stress.
Guide
 
Multi-setting peaceful mind manualMulti-Setting Peaceful Mind: A Manual to Aid in the Management of Anxiety in Veterans with Memory Impairment
This easy-to-follow manual outlines an evidence-supported cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) treatment for anxiety with older adults with dementia. The manual includes helpful worksheets for patients.
Manual
 
Operation enduring families manualOperation Enduring Families: A Support and Education Program for Returning Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans and Their Families Manual
This 5-session psychoeducational class is for returning Iraq and Afghanistan war Veterans and their families. Topics include deployment and its impact on the family; parenting tips; communication skills; coping with depression, PTSD, and anger; and reconnecting as a family. The manual also includes promotional materials, leader’s guide, and participant handouts.
Manual
 
PACERS dementia case studies coursePACERS: Dementia Case Studies (1 HOUR CEU)
Learn how to apply dementia diagnostic skills by completing two case-based studies of Veterans presenting with signs of cognitive impairment. This course builds on knowledge learned from previous PACERS e-learning modules to diagnose and manage dementia.
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PACERS dementia and delirium coursePACERS: Dementia and Delirium E-Learning Course (1 HOUR CEU)
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, and indicate differences between delirium and dementia.
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PACERS dementia and driving coursePACERS: Driving and Dementia E-Learning Course (1 HOUR CEU)
Learn how to address diminished driving skills and decision-making in older drivers with dementia and their families.
Start Course VA Providers | Start Course Non-VA Providers
 
PACERS identifying and assessing for dementia coursePACERS: Identifying and Assessing for Dementia (1 HOUR CEU)
Learn how to identify dementia warning signs, describe benefits and barriers to dementia diagnosis, list the steps of the comprehensive assessment, identify commonly used brief cognitive tools, and distinguish between dementia and other illnesses with similar symptoms.
VA TMS (for VA providers) | Start Course Non-VA Providers
 
Playing it safer manualPlaying It Safer Workbook
This is a 4-session behavioral skills-based group program to reduce HIV sexual risk. Good for substance abuse treatment programs.
Facilitator Manual | Evaluation | Pretest | Postest
 
Chronic Pain GuidePocket Guide for Clinicians for Management of Chronic Pain
This guide was developed to help primary care clinicians and trainees gain a basic understanding of pain and facilitate early assessment and interventions. It gives a brief synopsis of the various aspects of pain management including the types of pain, neurobiology of pain, common medical and psychiatric co-morbidities and the essential elements of pain assessment. In addition, there is an overview of Stepped Care Model for Pain Management, and the various pharmacological and non-pharmacological interventions known to be effective for pain management.
Pocket Guide | Pocket Guide with Printer's Crop Marks
 
Preparing Veterans for Group Psychotherapy
This 25-minute DVD for Veterans features Veterans discussing their experiences in group psychotherapy and how this treatment has been helpful. This is a good orientation to group therapy.
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Anger management manualProblem Gambling: Assessing for and Making Plans for Reduction
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. The brochure utilizes information from the Shortened South Oaks Gambling Screen as well as the DSM-5. This highly accessible and easily transportable information will not only allow providers to conduct quick, on-site assessments within any type of Veteran-utilized clinic, it will also help educate providers and Veterans alike about whether a gambling problem may exist.
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Provider Communication GuideProvider Communication: Education and Practice in a Veterans Healthcare System
This training video and facilitator guide addresses provider-patient communication within the VA system. It provides concrete and empirically supported techniques that can be used by providers to improve Veteran understanding of their healthcare in any department. The training incorporates significant interactive components, allowing groups of providers to share effective communication techniques with each other. Positive outcomes of the training include improved communication between providers and patients, which leads to higher satisfaction both for Veterans and for providers.
Video | Facilitator Manual | Wallet Card
 
PTSD sleep therapy manualPTSD Sleep Therapy Group Manual
This 6-session treatment protocol includes education, behavioral, and cognitive strategies for sleep problems related to PTSD in an individual or group setting. The accompanying CD is no longer available.
Patient Manual | Therapist Manual
 
REACH manualREACH: Reaching Out to Educate and Assist Caring, Healthy Families
This is a multifamily group psychoeducational program for Veterans living with PTSD and their families.
Provider Manual | Student Manual
 
Recovery: A Journey of Healing and Transformation
This 48-minute DVD was developed to introduce the recovery model to Veterans with mental illness, family members and significant others, and medical center staff. The program illustrates the dimensions of recovery through veteran-consumer testimonials and a simulated community meeting. Additional online resources are identified in the credits.
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Relaxation enhancement therapist manualRelaxation Enhancement Therapist Manual/Stress-for-Less Patient Manual
This is a step-by-step guide for teaching relaxation skills using breathing control, muscle relaxation, and guided imagery in a group format.
Therapist Manual | Patient Manual | Log
 
Resilience to Trauma
This three-part DVD depicts World War II ex-Prisoners of War describing their internment experiences and life after captivity. This visually engaging program is intended to communicate to Veterans of all eras and to the general public that people can and do cope after horrific events.
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SAFE manualSAFE Program Manual-Revised
An 18-session workshop and resource guide for educating families of Veterans with chronic mental illness. Very helpful if starting family services for first time.
Manual
 
Self-Help STOP WORRY ManualSelf-Help STOP WORRY: A Tool for Older Veterans
This clinician guide and self-help workbook provide 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. The self-help workbook contains practice exercises and forms to monitor progress. There is also a CD with instructions for diaphragmatic breathing and progressive muscle relaxation. The workbook may be used independently or as a component of formal treatment.
Clincian Guide | Self-Help Workbook | Order CD
 
Us and Them: The Experience of Mental Health Stigma
This PowerPoint program on CD and manual provides a facilitator-guided presentation for a medical center staff to challenge their beliefs about mental illness and promote greater sensitivity.
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Tuff BrochureTeam Up to Facilitate Functioning (TUFF) Series: Interactive Brochures for Treatment of Postconcussive Symptoms in Returning Veterans with History of Traumatic Brain Injury
The six online TUFF modules address academic and cognitive skills, headaches, healthy sleep, and stress and mood management. Each brochure contains several 'Team Up' sections designed to encourage clinicians to personalize the administration of each brochure and practice new skills through collaboration with the Veteran. Each module includes an evidence based interactive brochure with references for additional community resources, pre- and post-intervention symptom assessment, and a user manual.
Brochures
 
Veteran parenting toolkitVeteran Parenting Toolkits
This toolkit includes five sets of age-specific parenting materials for young Veteran parents and their partner.
Toolkits
 
Walking to Wellness ManualWalking to Wellness: Exercise for Physical and Emotional Health.
This manual is designed for adults experiencing mild to moderate stress, anxiety or depression symptoms and emphasizes using activity for emotional wellness.
Workbook | Facilitator Manual
 
Working with Couples websiteWorking With Couples Training Modules
These six modules provide an overview of essential content and skills for treating the Veteran and his or her partner or spouse who struggle with communication problems, anger and conflict, mental illness, trauma, and reintegration into the family after deployment. This training targets VA clinicians but may be helpful to non-VA providers who work with Veterans. Additional training and supervision are required to become competent to provide couples therapy.
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