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Assessment Overview


Assessment Overview

Proper assessment of trauma exposure and PTSD is best accomplished with validated measures. Below you will find information and online courses about assessment tools and best practices.

We provide information on a variety of measures assessing trauma and PTSD. These measures are intended for use by qualified mental health professionals and researchers. The section is organized in the following way:

  • Measures authored by National Center staff are available in PDF format to download on the specific measure pages or by request from the Center as noted.
  • Measures developed outside of the National Center can be requested via contact information on the page for the specific measure.
  • Also available is a comprehensive list of all measures offered.

Assessment Basics

Veteran-Specific Information

Continuing Education

  • For free trainings and courses on assessment topics, please see the Continuing Education section, which includes the CAPS-5 Training Curriculum.


What is the CAPS-5 Training Curriculum?

Learn about our 4-course training on the CAPS-5 that you can take online at your own pace.

  • Most courses are offered with credits for both VA providers on TMS as well as other providers on TRAIN. More information about TRAIN and how to get credits is in the Continuing Education How to Get Credit.

Other Assessment Sources

Other organizations offering information on measures and how to obtain them include:

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Also see: VA Mental Health