2023 PTSD Clinical Practice Guideline Now Available

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Special Update for Providers

2023 PTSD Clinical Practice Guideline Published

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The VA/DoD Clinical Practice Guideline (CPG) for Management of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder and Acute Stress Disorder 2023 has just been released.  

Below we provide key information for providers who treat Veterans.  

To explore our resources and to follow a link to the complete guideline, please visit and bookmark the CPG page on the National Center for PTSD website.

Summary of Main Findings

  • Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT), and Prolonged Exposure (PE) remain the most effective treatments; They are recommended over medications
  • Ehlers’ Cognitive Therapy for PTSD and Written Exposure Therapy are also suggested as effective treatments
  • Present-Centered Therapy is suggested an effective non-trauma-focused option
  • Paroxetine, sertraline, and venlafaxine are the medications with the strongest evidence for the treatment of PTSD
  • There is strong evidence against the use of benzodiazepines and cannabis for the treatment of PTSD
  • Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction® is suggested for the treatment of PTSD
  • Other complementary, integrative, and alternative approaches need more evidence to determine effectiveness for PTSD
  • More evidence is needed on internet/phone interventions
  • Comorbidity is not a barrier to trauma-focused treatment

Learn More

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The PTSD Consultation Program is available to answer questions from providers about the new CPG.  We want to save you time and help you understand the recommendations.

Contact us anytime.  No question is too big or too small.

We are also offering three one-hour webinars in our Monthly Lecture Series:

June 21, 2023 (recording available in the archive linked below)
Clinical Practice Guideline for PTSD 2023: Psychotherapy Recommendations
Jessica Hamblen, PhD

July 19, 2023 (registration now open at the link below)
Clinical Practice Guideline for PTSD 2023: Medication & Other Biological Treatments
Paul Holtzheimer, MD

September 20, 2023 (registration available at the link below by about September 1)
Clinical Practice Guideline for PTSD 2023: Complimentary, Integrative and Alternative Approaches
Ariel J. Lang, PhD, MPH

Registration information and links to recordings will be available in our archive at PTSD Consultation Program Monthly Lecture Series

Ask Us Your Questions

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The PTSD Consultation Program is available to any provider who treats Veterans in any context.  Our expert clinicians are here to help answer questions about the updated CPG or anything else related to Veterans and trauma or PTSD.  Ask us anything about assessment, diagnosis, therapy, medications, other treatments, program referral, or educational resources.  No question is too big or too small. 

The process simple.  Just email us at PTSDconsult@va.gov or give us a call at 866-948-7880.  There’s no form to fill out and our consultants are usually able to respond within one day.  We respond to many questions via email but if a conversation is more helpful we can schedule that at your convenience.


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About Us

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National Center for PTSD

The mission of the National Center for PTSD is to advance the clinical care and social welfare of America’s Veterans and others who have experienced trauma, or who suffer from PTSD, through research, education, and training in the science, diagnosis, and treatment of PTSD and stress-related disorders.

The National Center has emerged as the world’s leading research and educational center of excellence on PTSD. Our vision is to be the foremost leader in information on PTSD and trauma; information generated through our extensive research program, and information synthesized from published scientific research and collective clinical experience that is efficiently disseminated to the field.

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PTSD Consultation Program

The VA PTSD Consultation Program for Providers Who Treat Veterans offers education, information, consultation and other resources to VA and non-VA health professionals who treat Veterans with PTSD. These services provided are consistent with evidence-based practices for PTSD and VA consensus statements such as the VA/DoD Clinical Practice Guidelines for PTSD.

Our goal is to improve the care available to all Veterans with PTSD regardless of where they access services. We offer expert guidance on general issues that come up in the course of caring for Veterans with PTSD. We cannot, however, provide direct guidance or consultation regarding or assume clinical responsibility for specific patients; any potential liability would be only in accordance with the Federal Tort Claims Act.

To ask a question or request consultation email us at PTSDconsult@va.gov or call 866-948-7880.

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