Phoenix Australia has a range of useful resources to help you in your work with people who have experienced trauma, whether you are a volunteer, workplace peer or manager, community worker, or mental health practitioner.
Australian Guidelines for the Prevention and Treatment of Acute Stress Disorder, Posttraumatic Stress Disorder and Complex PTSD
Click here to visit our PTSD Guidelines information page where you can follow links to the Guideline recommendations and download supporting documents.
Click here to visit our Fact Sheets & Booklets page where you can download or order:
- Recovery after Trauma – A guide for people with posttraumatic stress disorder
- Joel and the Storm – A story for children who have experienced trauma
- What the? – A guide for young people who have experienced trauma
- Helping my Children after Trauma – A guide for parents
Resources for people affected by trauma
The following resources can be downloaded, or you can order printed copies. See our Fact Sheets & Booklets page.
- What is trauma?
- Trauma and children
- Helping yourself after a traumatic event
- Helping children after a traumatic event
- Helping a friend or family member after a traumatic event
- Trauma and serving in the military
- About posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Treatment for posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Recovery after Trauma – A guide for people with Posttraumatic Stress Disorder
- Harry and the Storm – A story for children who have experienced trauma
- Dealing with Trauma – A guide for teenagers who have experienced trauma
- Helping my Children after Trauma – A guide for parents
Mobile phone app – PTSD Coach Australia
This smart phone app is for sufferers of PTSD or posttraumatic stress symptoms. For more information, including a clinician guide, visit the At Ease website. The app is free from iTunes and Google Play.
Imaginal Exposure DVD
Treating traumatic stress: Conducting imaginal exposure in PTSD
This easy-to-follow clinician manual helps practitioners to use one of the best available interventions for PTSD – imaginal exposure, as recommended in the Australian Guidelines for the Treatment of ASD and PTSD. Visit our imaginal exposure DVD page to see more detail, view video clips, and order.
Online training programs
Case Formulation Training
This free online training program was developed by Phoenix Australia in partnership with the Department of Veterans’ Affairs (DVA). Designed for practitioners who provide treatment to veterans with mental health disorders, this training provides an insight into the unique veteran experience and the specific mental health issues veterans face. It will assist practitioners to make better sense of the often complex needs of veterans, and to develop a “road map” for more effective treatment.
To access the Case Formulation Online Training program, visit the At Ease website.
The International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies (ISTSS) website hosts a collection of assessment tools including interview protocols and self-report questionnaires such as the CAPS, PCL and Trauma History Scale. The website provides information about how to use each scale, its reliability and validity, scoring rules, and non-English translations. Anyone can browse the resources and information, but you need to be a member to download the actual tools. For more information visit http://www.istss.org/assessing-trauma.aspx.
Screening tools, assessment and diagnosis for PTSD and other trauma-related issues
- DASS21: A 21 item self-report screening tool for depressive, anxiety and stress symptoms.
- Alcohol use measure (AUDIT): A 10-item practitioner-administered screening tool for risky alcohol use.
- National Quality Measures Clearinghouse: A free US database containing information about evidence-based health care quality measurement tools. Access is free.
- Primary Care PTSD Screen for DSM-5 [PDF]
- Screening for vulnerability [PDF]
- Child Trauma Screening Questionnaire [PDF]
- Brief Dimensions of Anger Reactions Scale – DAR-5 [PDF]
- Alcohol Use Disorders Identification Test – AUDIT-C [PDF]
Clinical guideline portals
- Australian Clinical Practice Guidelines Portal: A database of Australian clinical practice guidelines for a range of mental health and physical conditions. Access is free and open to the general public.
- National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE): The UK’s National Institute for Health and Care Excellence provides guidance and advice to improve health and social care through the development of evidence-based guidelines and quality standards. Access is free, however some sections are geographically restricted to the UK.
General treatment resources
- Mental Health Professional Online Development (MHPOD): An Australian evidence-based online learning resource with over 100 hours of material for people working in mental health. Topics include recovery, engagement, assessment, relevant legislation, ethics and managing comorbidity. Access to MHPOD is free but requires registration.
- Traumatic brain injury (TBI) training: A free online resource for Australian practitioners working with people with traumatic brain injury. The website contains self-study modules, toolkits, and materials for workplace learning.
- Mental Health Professionals’ Network webinars: The MHPN has a webinar library providing access to past webinars on a wide range of mental health topics.
- Better Health Channel: This Victorian Government website provides up-to-date, evidence-based, and locally relevant health and medical information.
- Australian Centre for Grief and Bereavement: Information about bereavement workshops, courses, webinars and more can be found on their website, along with information about counselling, support groups and secondary consultation.
- Head to Health: An Australian website that helps to connect individuals to online mental health information, resources and services.
- eMHPrac provides free e-mental health training and support for health practitioners – GPs, Allied Health Professionals, as well as service providers working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
- Cochrane Library: An international database for Cochrane systematic reviews that examine and compare interventions for the treatment of psychological and physical conditions. Access is free.
Advances in Brain Stimulation Treatments
Professor Paul Fitzgerald from Epworth Healthcare and Monash University discusses advances in brain stimulation treatments, particularly Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS), with a focus on the promising work done to date in PTSD.
Full version: www.youtube.com/ABST-full
Short version: www.youtube.com/ABST-short
Advances in Adjunctive Treatments for PTSD
Professor Kim Felmingham from the School of Psychological Sciences, University of Melbourne, discusses a range of adjunctive treatments for PTSD, and provides the latest evidence on their effectiveness as an alternative or adjunct to exposure-based treatments.
Full version: www.youtube.com/AAT-full
Short version: www.youtube.com/AAT-short
Social Circumstances in Veteran Mental Health
Professor Peter Butterworth from the Centre for Research on Ageing, Health and Wellbeing at the Australian National University discusses the social determinants of veteran mental health.
Mental Health and the Military Experience – Putting Research into Practice
A panel of experts explores current research themes in veteran mental health, how to incorporate research findings into clinical practice, and tips on how to keep abreast of research developments.
- The panel members: Professor Mal Hopwood, Professor Meaghan O’Donnell and Ms Jane Nursey.
- Facilitator: Professor Mark Creamer.
- This panel discussion was presented by the Centenary of Anzac Centre as part of the MHPN Online Conference 2019.
At Ease Professional
The Department of Veterans’ Affairs At Ease Professional website provides information on assessment and treatments, professional development, understanding the veteran experience, and DVA services and resources including PTSD treatment programs for veterans and military personnel.
Annual literature scans
Phoenix Australia previously conducted a scan of the literature in the field of posttraumatic mental health particularly relevant to veteran and military populations. These are no longer being produced in this format. Past reports can be downloaded as PDFs.
- 2013-2016 Literature Scan [PDF]
- 2015 Literature Scan [PDF]
- 2014 Literature Scan [PDF]
- 2013 Literature Scan [PDF]
- 2012 Literature Scan [PDF]
- 2011 Literature Scan [PDF]
- Integrated Literature Reviews 2002-2012:
DSM-5 changes; e-health interventions; longitudinal course of PTSD [PDF]
- 2010 Literature Scan [PDF]
- 2009 Literature Scan [PDF]
- 2008 Literature Scan [PDF]
- 2007 Literature Scan [PDF]
- 2006 Literature Scan [PDF]
- 2005 Literature Scan [PDF]
- 2004 Literature Scan [PDF]
- 2003 Literature Scan [PDF]
The Department of Veterans’ Affairs Evidence Compass is a website which organises, reviews and synthesises the research literature relating to military and veteran communities http://www.evidencecompass.dva.gov.au.