Trauma and PTSD in Veterans

Trauma and PTSD in Veterans


INSTRUCTOR: Heidi S. Kraft, Ph.D.; Clinical Director, PsychArmor Institute & Carie Rodgers, Ph.D., ABPP; Education Director, PsychArmor Institute

TIME: 3 Hours

SERIES: 3 Course Series

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Trauma and PTSD in Veterans is designed to introduce some of the very specific presentations of trauma and post-trauma symptomatology in military veterans.  In this 3-CME hour course, physicians will review the diagnostic criteria for PTSD and learn some specific types of trauma unique to combat and other military situations.  They will discuss symptom presentation and some of the common co-occurring disorders physicians may have to differentiate.  An introduction to treatment and referral options is discussed.  Physicians will explore inner conflict as a specific type of combat trauma presentation in Veterans, and discuss how this type of trauma can complicate diagnosis and treatment.  The course will discuss several different combat and military situations where inner conflict might occur, including the complicated presentation of survivors’ guilt.  Finally, physicians will be exposed to the unique trauma presentation seen in military sexual trauma.  VA definitions are discussed, specific symptomatology and comorbidities discussed, and treatment considerations and referrals recommended.  


  • Military culture
  • Trauma
  • Military sexual trauma
  • Inner conflict
  • Survivors guilt


Web-Based Training, Self-Study (Online)


3 Hours


3 Continuing Medical Education Credits

*Course must be completed to entirety for credit. No partial credit awarded.


02/10/2017 - 02/10/2018


This course is intended for MD/DPs MP/PA/Nurses




  • List the four categories of symptoms required for diagnosis of PTSD
  • Describe the new category of symptoms in DSM-V and how this impacts the diagnosis
  • Recognize and define the four different types of trauma
  • Identify three different military specific situations that could result in someone experiencing inner conflict
  • Describe two evidence based treatments used to treat PTSD and inner conflict
  • Compare and contrast the feelings, emotions, and behaviors associated with inner conflict and survivor’s guilt
  • Describe and define the definition of Military Sexual Trauma
  • Utilize the VA's Military Sexual Trauma Coordinator and understand how to connect a veteran to the MST Coordinator
  • Recognize the common signs and symptoms of military sexual trauma
  • Assess and screen clients for military sexual trauma


  1.  Length of Course: 3 Continuing Medical Education Credits/Hours
  2.  Review the materials on accreditation information, target audience, learning objectives and disclosure information
  3. Complete the entire self-study activity
  4. Complete the self-assessment and evaluation/claim form


This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Essential Areas and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine and PsychArmor Institute. The University of California, San Diego School of Medicine is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing education medical education for physicians. 

The University of California, San Diego School of Medicine designates this enduring material for a maximum of 3.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation activity.


This activity is in compliance with California Assembly Bill 1195 which requires continuing medical education activities with patient care components to include curriculum in the subjects of cultural and linguistic competency. Cultural competency is defined as a set of integrated attitudes, knowledge, and skills that enables health care professionals or organizations to care effectively for patients from diverse cultures, groups, and communities. Linguistic competency is defined as the ability of a physician or surgeon to provide patients who do not speak English or who have limited ability to speak English, direct communication in the patient’s primary language. Cultural and linguistic competency was incorporated into the planning of this activity. Additional resources can be found on the UCSD CME website at


A certificate of completion will be awarded to participants and accreditation records will be on file at PsychArmor Institute. In order to receive a certificate of completion from PsychArmor, you must register in PsychArmor's learning management system, attend 100% of the program and complete the evaluations as directed in PsychArmor's course. To enquire about CE's contact and provide your name, email, and license number.


It is the program participant's responsibility to ensure that this training is documented in the appropriate location according to his/her locally prescribed process.


  • Posttraumatic Stress Disorder - 60 minutes
  • Inner Conflict and Survivors Guilt – 60 minutes
  • Military Sexual Trauma – 60 minutes


References are available for this course upon request at


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It is the policy of the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine to ensure balance, independence ensure balance, independence, objectivity and scientific rigor. All persons involved in the selection, development and presentation of content are required to disclose any real or apparent conflicts of interest. All conflicts of interest will be resolved prior to an educational activity being delivered to learners through one of the following mechanisms 1) altering the financial relationship with the commercial interest, 2) altering the individual’s control over CME content about the products or services of the commercial interest, and/or 3) validating the activity content through independent peer review. All persons are also required to disclose any discussions of off label/unapproved uses of drugs or devices.   Persons who refuse or fail to disclose are disqualified from participating in the CME activity. Participants will be asked to evaluate whether the speaker's outside interests reflect a possible bias in the planning or presentation of the activity. This information is used to plan future activities.


The faculty, CME staff, editorial staff, peer reviewer, and CME committee reviewers do not have any relevant financial relationships to disclose. The views and opinions expressed in this activity are those of the faculty and do not necessarily reflect the views of the University of California, San Diego.

Off-label Disclosure: This educational activity may contain discussion of unlabeled and/or investigational uses of agents that are not approved by the FDA. Please consult the prescribing information for each product. The views and opinions expressed in this activity are those of the faculty and do not necessarily reflect the views of the University of California, San Diego.

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