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Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Programs

The Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Programs consist of our Center for Sexual Trauma Services (CSTS) which provides residential and outpatient care for Veterans with PTSD resulting from sexual trauma and our Stress Treatment Program (STP) which provides residential and outpatient care for Veterans with PTSD resulting from war-related trauma. 

Recovery from PTSD is a realistic expectation for Veterans.  Recovery takes place within the context of a collaborative relationship between clinicians and Veterans.  Our staff use evidence-based practices to provide treatment for PTSD that integrates clinical expertise, research outcomes, and attention to individual characteristics, strengths, needs, and goals.

Stress Treatment Program-Residential (STP-R)

STP-R is an intensive residential treatment program for Veterans with war-related Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).  Patients are referred by their mental health provider who continues to provide mental healthcare for the Veteran prior to admission and after discharge from residential care.  Each Veteran is assessed to identify specific problems, goals, strengths and treatment needs so that a plan for treatment can be developed with the Veteran for the residential episode of care.  The treatment program includes individual psychotherapy and psychotherapeutic groups that specifically address PTSD and related functional limitations including drug and alcohol issues.  Therapeutic recreation, patient education, and other health-promoting activities are also included in the treatment regimen along with family education and family counseling as needed.  Veterans reside in our Domiciliary (building 102) while in the program.

Stress Treatment Program-Outpatient (STP-O)

STP-O provides an array of outpatient services for Veterans with war-related PTSD.  Evidence-based psychotherapies for PTSD, such as Prolonged Exposure and Cognitive Processing Therapy, are offered along with medication evaluation and management.  Time-limited group therapy is available to assist Veterans with such areas as symptom management skills, general coping skills, stress management, substance abuse, anger management, etc.  In addition, the program offers interventions or consultation for assistance with common psychosocial needs related to PTSD including vocational, relationship, leisure planning, etc.   Family services are available including couples counseling.  STP-O has a very active Veteran-led peer support program and also offers couple’s counseling.

Stress Treatment Program-OEF/OIF/OND

The OEF/OIF/OND team includes a psychologist, clinical social worker, a social work case manager and a chaplain who provide individual and group therapies specifically designed to meet the needs of OEF/OIF/OND Veterans with PTSD related to war experiences.  This program includes all of the services provided by the STP Outpatient Program, with a focus on providing evidence-based interventions that will return the Veteran to optimal functioning and assist him/her to pursue their life goals.  Evening hours are available.

Center for Sexual Trauma Services-Residential Program (CSTS-R)

CSTS-R provides intensive evidence-based residential treatment for male and female Veterans with a history of sexual trauma that occurred during military service (MST or Military Sexual Trauma).  The program focuses on individual trauma work using Cognitive Processing Therapy or Prolonged Exposure.  In addition, residential participants attend mixed-gender skills-based and educational groups as well as a gender-specific process-oriented group. Treatment planning is done collaboratively with the Veteran and is based on the Veteran's needs, strengths and personal recovery goals.  Residential services and program offices are located in C-wing of the Domiciliary (building 102).  Patients must be referred by a mental health provider who provides mental health care for the Veteran prior to admission and after discharge.  This program is most appropriate for patients who have been unable to fully resolve symptoms/issues related to MST with outpatient care alone.  Length of stay is determined by treatment plan and can vary from 4 to 8 weeks. 

Center for Sexual Trauma Services-Outpatient Program (CSTS-O)

CSTS-O provides a range of psychotherapeutic services and activities directed toward resolving issues related to sexual trauma and addressing the functional limitations that often result from chronic sexual trauma-related PTSD.  Therapies include Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, stress inoculation, trauma education, trauma issues group, trauma processing (Cognitive Processing Therapy and Prolonged Exposure Therapy), anger management, leisure planning, etc.  Couples and family therapy are available and all treatment activities are goals-based and time-limited.  CSTS-O also includes an extensive set of therapeutic recreation services and activities designed to address functional skills and help the patient re-engage with their environment and with their community. Each patient is assigned a case manager who assists them in identifying treatment goals and accessing the treatment activities to meet individual objectives. 

For more information about our Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Programs, please contact (727) 398-6661 or 1-888-820-0230 extension 4249 or ask your VA Mental Healthcare Provider or Primary Care Physician.

For more information about VA’s PTSD services click here.