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Addiction

Problem Gambling: Assessing for and Making Plans for Reduction
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
 

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 with older adults with dementia.
  • Includes worksheets for patients
  • Published 2013
 
OCD and Related Disorders VA Pulse Page
OCD Pulse Page
This VA Pulse Page is a place for mental health clinicians to ask questions about or 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 Pulse can only be accessed by VA employees
  • Includes a fact sheet (available to everyone) about the differential diagnosis between OCD and PTSD
  • Published 2018
 
Relaxation Enhancement Therapist Manual/Stress-for-Less Patient Manual
Relaxation enhancement therapist manual
This is a step-by-step guide for teaching relaxation skills.
  • Uses breathing control, muscle relaxation, and guided imagery in a group format
  • Published 2006
 
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 not available).
  • 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
 

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
 

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
 
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
 
Discontinuing Your Medication for Depression Patient Brochure
Discontinuing medication brochure
This brief take-home guide is for patients who are discontinuing their antidepressants. Content covers:
  • Withdrawal symptoms
  • Warnings of signs of returning depression
  • Published 2005
 
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
 
Anger Management Patient Handbook and Instructor's Guide
Anger management manual
This is an 8-session cognitive-behavioral workbook for group treatment.
  • Describes ways to manage anger
  • Teaches Veterans constructive ways to express themselves
  • Great for a new group
  • Published 2000
 
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
 
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 with older adults with dementia.
  • Includes worksheets for patients
  • Published 2013
 
Playing It Safer Workbook
Playing it safer manual
This is a 4-session behavioral skills-based group program to reduce HIV sexual risk. Good for substance abuse treatment programs. Published 2001.
 
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. Published 2002.
 
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
 
Relaxation Enhancement Therapist Manual/Stress-for-Less Patient Manual
Relaxation enhancement therapist manual
This is a step-by-step guide for teaching relaxation skills.
  • Uses breathing control, muscle relaxation, and guided imagery in a group format
  • Published 2006
 
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 not available).
  • 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
 
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
 
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
 
Working With Couples Training Modules
Working with Couples website
These six modules provide an overview of essential content and skills for treating Veterans and their partner/spouses.
  • For those who struggle with communication problems, anger and conflict, mental illness, trauma, and reintegration into the family after deployment
  • 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
  • Published 2012
 

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
 

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
 
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.
  • Shows the dimensions of recovery through veteran testimonials and a simulated community meeting
  • Published 2007
 
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. Published 2002.
 

Pain

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 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
 
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
 
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.
  • Shows the dimensions of recovery through veteran testimonials and a simulated community meeting
  • Published 2007
 
Resilience to Trauma
This three-part DVD depicts World War II ex-Prisoners of War describing their internment experiences and life after captivity.
  • communicates to Veterans of all eras and the public that people are able to cope after horrific events
  • Published 2005
 

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
 
Relaxation Enhancement Therapist Manual/Stress-for-Less Patient Manual
Relaxation enhancement therapist manual
This is a step-by-step guide for teaching relaxation skills.
  • Uses breathing control, muscle relaxation, and guided imagery in a group format
  • Published 2006
 
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
 
Working With Couples Training Modules
Working with Couples website
These six modules provide an overview of essential content and skills for treating Veterans and their partner/spouses.
  • For those who struggle with communication problems, anger and conflict, mental illness, trauma, and reintegration into the family after deployment
  • 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
  • Published 2012
 

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

After 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
  • Provide feedback to the Veteran regarding the assessment results
  • Published 2012
 
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 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
 
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.
 
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
 
Working With Couples Training Modules
Working with Couples website
These six modules provide an overview of essential content and skills for treating Veterans and their partner/spouses.
  • For those who struggle with communication problems, anger and conflict, mental illness, trauma, and reintegration into the family after deployment
  • 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
  • Published 2012
 

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
 
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 for homeless Veterans on:
  • Hepatitis A, B & C
  • Trichomoniasis, chlamydia, gonorrhea, syphilis, pelvic inflammatory disease, genital warts, HIV, genital herpes, and pubic lice
  • West Nile virus, body lice, influenza, TB and others
  • Published 2001
 
Insomnia: Difficulty Falling Asleep or Staying Asleep, and Quality of Sleep Brochure
Insomnia brochure
This is a brief overview of causes of insomnia and tips for sleeping better. Published 2006.
 
Playing It Safer Workbook
Playing it safer manual
This is a 4-session behavioral skills-based group program to reduce HIV sexual risk. Good for substance abuse treatment programs. Published 2001.
 
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
 

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 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
 
After 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
  • Provide feedback to the Veteran regarding the assessment results
  • Published 2012
 
Anger Management Patient Handbook and Instructor's Guide
Anger management manual
This is an 8-session cognitive-behavioral workbook for group treatment.
  • Describes ways to manage anger
  • Teaches Veterans constructive ways to express themselves
  • Great for a new group
  • Published 2000
 
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
 
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
 
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
 
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
 
Discontinuing Your Medication for Depression Patient Brochure
Discontinuing medication brochure
This brief take-home guide is for patients who are discontinuing their antidepressants. Content covers:
  • Withdrawal symptoms
  • Warnings of signs of returning depression
  • Published 2005
 
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
 
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 for homeless Veterans on:
  • Hepatitis A, B & C
  • Trichomoniasis, chlamydia, gonorrhea, syphilis, pelvic inflammatory disease, genital warts, HIV, genital herpes, and pubic lice
  • West Nile virus, body lice, influenza, TB and others
  • Published 2001
 
Insomnia: Difficulty Falling Asleep or Staying Asleep, and Quality of Sleep Brochure
Insomnia brochure
This is a brief overview of causes of insomnia and tips for sleeping better. Published 2006.
 
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
 
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 with older adults with dementia.
  • Includes worksheets for patients
  • Published 2013
 
OCD and Related Disorders VA Pulse Page
OCD Pulse Page
This VA Pulse Page is a place for mental health clinicians to ask questions about or 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 Pulse can only be accessed by VA employees
  • 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.
 
Playing It Safer Workbook
Playing it safer manual
This is a 4-session behavioral skills-based group program to reduce HIV sexual risk. Good for substance abuse treatment programs. Published 2001.
 
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
 
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. Published 2002.
 
Problem Gambling: Assessing for and Making Plans for Reduction
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
 
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
 
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
 
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.
  • Shows the dimensions of recovery through veteran testimonials and a simulated community meeting
  • Published 2007
 
Relaxation Enhancement Therapist Manual/Stress-for-Less Patient Manual
Relaxation enhancement therapist manual
This is a step-by-step guide for teaching relaxation skills.
  • Uses breathing control, muscle relaxation, and guided imagery in a group format
  • Published 2006
 
Resilience to Trauma
This three-part DVD depicts World War II ex-Prisoners of War describing their internment experiences and life after captivity.
  • communicates to Veterans of all eras and the public that people are able to cope after horrific events
  • Published 2005
 
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 not available).
  • 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
 
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. Published 2002.
 
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
 
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
 
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
 
Working With Couples Training Modules
Working with Couples website
These six modules provide an overview of essential content and skills for treating Veterans and their partner/spouses.
  • For those who struggle with communication problems, anger and conflict, mental illness, trauma, and reintegration into the family after deployment
  • 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
  • Published 2012
 

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