Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) 101: Assessing and Reducing Violence Risk in Veterans with PTSD

The purpose of this knowledge-based course is to provide an evidence-based approach to improving the current team processes of clinical assessment and management of violence risk in Veterans with PTSD. First, prevalence rates of violence in Veteran populations will be described, noting that most Veterans do not have problems with violence toward others. Next, risk factors that have shown a consistent empirical association with violence in Veterans will be outlined, knowledge of which can help inform what variables to evaluate when assessing violence risk by the team. In particular, studies will be reviewed examining the relationship between PTSD and violent behavior in Veterans, noting elevated risk when combined with alcohol misuse, anger, and other symptoms. In addition, psychosocial protective factors that have been shown to be related to reduced risk of aggression will be discussed as well as studies on violence risk assessment tools for structuring decision-making by the team. By addressing a training practice gap, learners will be presented with a review of empirical literature associated with violence in Veterans with PTSD, a discussion on how psychosocial rehabilitation can help manage and reduce violence risk, and an overview of a systematic approach to violence risk assessment to PTSD.

Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit
  • 1.00 ANCC
  • 1.00 Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB)
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Available Credit

  • 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit
  • 1.00 ANCC
  • 1.00 Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB)
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