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PTSD COUNSELING SERVICES

The Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Program attempts to create community-based avenues to counseling service that are less formal in nature, offering the highest level of confidentiality possible. Services provided throughout the program include individual, couples, family, and veteran group counseling. Some contractors offer group services to women veterans and spouses of veterans. Veterans may be referred to specialized inpatient or outpatient treatment offered by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Centers or Vet Centers within Washington State.   

Our licensed mental health professional contractors offer a wide range of specialized treatment services, as well as linkage to a variety of other services. Current contractors have an average of 24 years of direct service experience in the field of mental health.

 

ELIGIBILITY
  • Honorably discharged war era (any of the nation’s war or peacekeeping periods) veterans and his/her family members           

  • Washington State National Guard or Military Reserve members deployed in support of the nation’s war and peacekeeping missions, and their family members

  • The veteran does not need to be suffering from or diagnosed with PTSD, but should be able to demonstrate significant post war adjustment issues to warrant outpatient care

  • No VA service connected disability for any condition is required for this service within the WDVA PTSD Program

  • Services are free to qualified veterans

  • Priority is given to those most vulnerable or having no other reasonable options for care.

     

School Aged Children of War Exposed Veterans


Additional counseling and consulting resources are being used to educate teachers and school counselors of the potential needs of school aged children of war exposed parents. Secondary and/or transgenerational trauma reactions in children can affect their ability to attend and learn successfully. We know that a child’s social behavior, emotional development, and the skills a child needs to be successful in the wider world, may be affected by the presence of untreated PTSD in the family. Early identification and referral of children and families who are demonstrating specific reactions are a significant priority of the PTSD Program.

Services to Higher Education

The PTSD Program provides in-service training and consultation to college and university counseling and other professional staff, and faculty members. This special program is designed to address the needs of war exposed  veterans who have returned to school after discharge from the military, and who seek assistance at student counseling centers on campus. Along with expert help with counseling methods, military and veteran cultural awareness training, providers are given instruction in how to use the sometimes complex services network available to war veterans and their family members. University and college counselors are encouraged to call the PTSD Program Director for more information.

Best Practices for Veterans in Higher Education (pdf)

Veteran Guidelines and Best Practices in the Classroom (pdf)

Partners for Veteran Supportive Campuses


 

CONTACT OUR PROGRAM DIRECTOR:
Dorothy Hanson
(360) 725-2220
1-800-562-2308
FAX: 360-586-1077 

Address:
1102 Quince St SE
PO BOX 41150
Olympia, WA 98504-1150
Email: dorothyh@dva.wa.gov

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 
 
 
 
 

PTSD Director Dorothy Hanson
360-725-2220 or 1-800-562-2308

24 HOUR VA CRISIS HOTLINE
1-800-273-TALK(8255)

FIND A COUNSELOR - PROVIDER LIST

MAPS OF PTSD COUNSELING SITES

Statewide
King County
Federal Vet Center Contractors


CONTRACTOR FORMS


PTSD Training and Education Opportunities

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PTSD Training Project Website – Veteran Training Service Center (VTSC)

VTSC Workshop Schedule

Military/Veteran Trauma
Informed Care Training

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Resources

PTSD Program Brochure

Readjustment Handbook

Resource List

Department of Defense TBI Webpage

Best Practices for Veterans in Higher Education (pdf)

Veteran Guidelines and Best Practices in the Classroom (pdf)


FEDERAL VA PROGRAMS
Medical Centers


RESOURCES AND TRAUMA INFORMATION


VA RCS
(Readjustment Counseling Service)
Vet Centers in Washington State:

  • Bellingham (360) 733-9226
  • Everett (425) 252-9701
  • Federal Way (253)838-3090
  • Seattle  (206) 553-2706
  • Spokane (509) 444-8387
  • Tacoma (253) 565-7038
  • Yakima (509) 457-2736
  • Walla Walla (509) 525-5200

Vet Centers in Oregon State:

  • Services provided to WA residents in extreme southeast Washington state counties:
  • Portland (503) 273-5370
  • Grants Pass (541) 479-6912
  • Eugene (541) 465-6918
  • Salem (503)362-9911

Nation-Wide List of Federal Vet Centers