Clergy PTSD Toolkit

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Welcome to the Clergy PTSD Toolkit

This toolkit has been created for Clergy working with our nation's Veterans and Service Members. Clergy and spiritual communities play an important role in supporting our nation's Veterans in their personal well-being and spiritual health. Clergy are also a tremendous asset in assisting with our Veteran's mental healthcare, providing guidance and ongoing support for Veterans in need. Studies indicate that Clergy are sought out more frequently than psychiatrists, social workers, or psychologists by individuals with mental health problems (Wang, Berglund, & Kessler, 2003).

This Toolkit provides easy-to-use resources to aid Clergy in their work with Veterans and Service Members who have been diagnosed with or who are at risk for developing Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

In this toolkit, Clergy will find:

  • Information about PTSD.
  • Information about the spiritual/religious impact of PTSD.
  • Coping skills handouts for Service Members.
  • On-line resources for Service Members and their families.
  • Information on how to make a referral to VA, and much more.

NOTE: Unless otherwise stated, the term Service Member will be used to describe Veterans and active duty military personnel. The term Clergy will be used to represent community Clergy, VA and Military Chaplains, and other spiritual leaders.

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