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The Iraq War Clinician Guide, 2nd Edition

For Mental Health Care Providers

The Iraq War Clinician Guide was developed by members of the National Center for PTSD and the Department of Defense. It was developed specifically for clinicians and addresses the unique needs of veterans of the Iraq war.

NOTE: This guide is ONLY available online and is not available in hard copy. Please make sure you have the latest version of Adobe Acrobat Reader to download these files. Not having the latest version (8) of this reader may cause error messages saying that the PDF file is "damaged".

Download individual chapters by clicking on the chapter names below. If you would like to download the large complete file: Iraq War Clinician Guide, 2nd Edition with Appendices (PDF) (8.9 mb), use the link at the top of the table.

The Iraq War Clinician Guide, 2nd Edition, Contents

Complete Guide Iraq War Clinician Guide, 2nd Edition (PDF) (8.9 mb)
Or download individual chapters by clicking on the chapter names below.
Table of Contents Table of Contents and Cover Page (PDF)
Chapter 1 Executive Summary (PDF)
Key Topics
Chapter 2 Topics Specific to the Psychiatric Treatment of Military Personnel (PDF)
Chapter 3 The Returning Veteran of the Iraq War: Background Issues and Assessment Guidelines (PDF)
Chapter 4 Treatment of the Returning Iraq War Veteran (PDF)
Special Topics
Chapter 5 Treatment of Medical Casualty Evacuees (PDF)
Chapter 6 Treating the Traumatized Amputee (PDF)
Chapter 7 PTSD in Iraq War Veterans: Implications for Primary Care (PDF)
Chapter 8 Caring for the Clinicians Who Care for Traumatically Injured Patients (PDF)
Chapter 9 Military Sexual Trauma: Issues in Caring for Veterans (PDF)
Chapter 10 Assessment and Treatment of Anger in Combat-Related PTSD (PDF)
Chapter 11 Traumatic Grief: Symptomatology and Treatment for the Iraq War Veteran (PDF)
Chapter 12 Substance Abuse in the Deployment Environment (PDF)
Chapter 13 The Impact of Deployment on the Military Family (PDF)


There are three Sections of appendices for the Iraq War Clinician Guide.

Section 1 (Appendices A to E) Additional PDFs on assessment, treatment & program evaluation.
Section 2 (Appendices F to I) PDFs of relevant published articles.
Section 3 (Appendix J) Educational Handouts for Iraq War Veterans and their Families.

Section 1
Appendix A Case Examples from Operation Iraqi Freedom (PDF)
Appendix B1 VA/DoD PTSD Practice Guideline Table of Contents (PDF)
Appendix B2 VA/DoD PTSD Practice Guideline (2.8mb PDF)
Appendix C VA Documents on Service Provision (PDF)
Appendix D Assessment of Iraq War Veterans: Selecting Assessment Instruments and Interpreting Results (PDF)
Appendix E Program Evaluation (PDF)
Section 2
Appendix F Litz, B. T., Gray, M. J., Bryant, R. A., & Adler, A. B. (2002). Early interventions for trauma: Current status and future directions. Clinical Psychology: Science and Practice, 9, 112-134. (PDF)
Appendix G Keane, T. M., Street, A. E., & Orcutt, H. K. (2000). Posttraumatic stress disorder. In M. Hersen & M. Biaggio (Eds.), Effective brief therapies: A clinician's guide (pp. 140-155). New York: Academic Press. (PDF)
Appendix H Friedman, M. J., Donnelly, C. L., & Mellman, T. A. (2003). Pharmacotherapy for PTSD. Psychiatric Annals, 33, 57-62. (PDF)
Appendix I Friedman, M. J., Schnurr, P. P., & McDonagh-Coyle, A. (1994). Post-traumatic stress disorder in the military veteran. Psychiatric Clinics of North America, 17, 265-277. (PDF)
Section 3 Educational Handouts for Iraq War Veterans and Their Families
Appendix J  
  Transition Assistance Information for Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom Veterans
  Warzone-Related Stress Reactions: What Veterans Need to Know
  Stress, Trauma, and Alcohol and Drug Use
  What If I Have Sleep Problems?
  Coping with Traumatic Stress Reaction
  Warzone-Related Stress Reactions: What Families Need to Know
  Families in the Military
  Homecoming: Dealing with Changes and Expectations
  Homecoming: Tips for Reunion


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