Trauma Services - Washington DC VA Medical Center
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Trauma Services

The Trauma Services program is a multidisciplinary outpatient program that is comprised of several "branches". The Trauma Services program offers the following services: comprehensive assessment; brief individual therapy; cognitive behavioral based group therapy; exposure based group therapy; PTSD support groups; family education; family therapy; dialectic behavior therapy; recreation therapy and psychotropic medication management. Much of the treatment in the Trauma Services program is designed to teach veterans coping skills and to help veterans learn about how trauma has impacted their lives. The trauma services program is currently comprised of the following branches:

  • PCT (Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Clinical Team) - Veterans with combat PTSD. This branch includes veterans from WW II and onward. For a veteran to be admitted to this program, he/she must have a primary Axis I diagnosis of PTSD.
  • Veterans with dual diagnosis (Combat PTSD and Substance Abuse/Dependence). For a veteran to be admitted to this program, combat related PTSD must be active and a major factor in that individual's current functioning.
  • Veterans with non-combat PTSD.
  • Veterans with sexual trauma (both male and female).
  • RVOEC (Returning Veteran's Outreach and Education Clinic). Veterans who have recently returned from the Global War on Terrorism(GWOT). This branch treats GWOT veterans with any functional impairment (i.e. relationship difficulties, occupational difficulties, etc.) related to their deployment.
  • Veterans with polytrauma injuries (including traumatic brain injury, amputations, visual impairments and other severe medical conditions) as well as psychological issues
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