Post Traumatic Stress Disorder - Best-Practice Intervention Strategies*

  • Conduct client education about PTSD
  • Confirm proper diagnosis and presence of additional diagnosis (e.g., Depression, Anxiety)
  • Increase awareness of symptoms
  • Identify events that trigger stress
  • Decrease guilt, shame, or anger
  • Confirm compliance with medications and monitor for side effects
  • Develop effective relaxation skills
  • Increase coping skills to manage anxiety
  • Develop or increase anger management skills
  • Increase social/communication skills
  • Conduct education on relapse prevention and warning signs
  • Consider appropriate medication for repetitive nightmares, flashbacks, and mood lability

* Compiled by Cenpatico from multiple sources; citations available upon request.
Last Updated 1/27/11