Screening for PTSD in Returning Military Service Members - CHES182

Screening for PTSD in Returning Military Service Members

by Ken Bolyard, MSW, LCSW, MPH and Debora A Davidson, PhD, OTR/l
(4.7 / 27 ratings )

This course is credentialed for:
Health Education (1.00 CECH)

Price: $20.00
CE-PRO Price: $10.00


An estimated 4% to 20% of troops returning to the U.S. have or will experience PTSD. While some affected service members will immediately seek mental health services for their distress, the majority will initially request health services for physical symptoms if they seek help at all. As troops return home, they will seek healthcare in hospitals and clinics throughout their communities. Nonbehavioral health practitioners must understand the symptoms and functional sequelae of PTSD, evidence-based screening tools, and suggestions for referral for appropriate mental health evaluation and intervention.


The goal of this post-traumatic stress disorder continuing education module is to prepare occupational therapists, social workers, dietitians, dietary managers, fitness professionals, health educators, physical therapists, and physicians to determine why, when, and how to refer high-risk patients for evaluation of trauma-related mental health problems. After studying the information presented here, you will be able to:
  • Describe the causes and key signs/symptoms of PTSD as they appear in daily life and healthcare contexts
  • Discuss the unique challenges encountered by returning service men and women, and how PTSD can complicate the transition to civilian life
  • Describe effective ways to provide evidence-based screening, referral for evaluation, and mental healthcare services to a patient with probable PTSD and transition stress

Accreditation Information
This course is intended for multiple professions, including occupational therapists, social workers, dietitians, dietary managers, fitness professionals, health educators, and physical therapists.
Health educators: Take this version of the course to ensure you receive appropriate credit.
For the version accredited or approved for another profession, go to your specific profession at or If you have a CE Direct login ID and password (generally provided by your employer), please log in as you normally would at and search for this topic title.
Sponsored by OnCourse Learning, a Relias LLC company, a designated provider of continuing education contact hours (CECH) in health education by the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc. This program is designated for Certified Health Education Specialists (CHES) and/or Master Certified Health Education Specialists (MCHES) to receive up to 1.0 total Category I continuing education contact hours.
Provider ID: CA0084 (98709) for 01/01/2012 to 12/31/2015, 114941 for 01/01/2016 to 12/31/2019.

Course Originally Released on: 11/25/2013
Date of Most Recent Review: 2/28/2018
Course Termination/Update Date: 2/28/2021

Unless stated above, the planners and authors of this course have declared no relevant conflicts of interest that relate to this educational activity. OnCourse Learning guarantees this educational activity is free from bias.

Please see CE Course Instructions to learn how to earn CE credit for this module.

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Tami G - Brandon, FL  ·  Jan 28, 2018
Great information about PTSD
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DEDRA S - Beavercreek, OH  ·  Sep 04, 2016
This should be approved for Nurse CE
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Kathy P - Weare, NH  ·  Jul 07, 2016
This was interesting and will help me in my practice.
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Erin T - Parker, CO  ·  Jan 03, 2015
Course very informative for advanced nursing practice.
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Suzette B - Pulaski, VA  ·  Sep 08, 2014
As a member of a medical team that assesses service members, this was very helpful in identifying members who need further evaluation.
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