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DSM-5 Trauma Measures

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DSM-5 Trauma Measures


Some trauma measures used to evaluate Prevention Early Intervention (PEI) practices relied on DSM-IV diagnostic criteria for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder.  These measures have recently been updated by the developers to reflect new DSM-5 Criteria.  In order to have the most current versions in use to evaluate PEI trauma related practices, changes in measures are needed.  PEI practices that were using the UCLA Posttraumatic Stress Disorder-Reaction Index (PTSD-RI) for DSM-IV, both the Child/Adolescent and Parent versions, will switch to new versions updated to comply with the new DSM-5 diagnostic criteria.  In addition, the UCLA PTSD-RI Adult Short Form will be replaced by the Posttraumatic Stress Disorder Checklist-5 (PCL-5) for clients 19 and above.  These new measures are required to be used for PEI treatment cycles starting on or after November 1, 2015.  Any trauma related treatment cycles started before November 1, 2015 will continue to use the old measures.


Evidence-Based Practices (EBPs) that are affected include the following: Seeking Safety (SS); Cognitive Behavioral Intervention for Trauma in Schools (CBITS); Alternatives for Families-Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (AF-CBT); Trauma Focused-Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT); Managing and Adapting Practice (MAP)–Trauma Focus; and Individual Cognitive Behavioral Therapy-Trauma Focus. 


How to get trained on the PTSD-RI-5 and PCL-5


The MHSA Implementation and Outcomes Division hosts live combined PTSD-RI-5/PCL-5 trainings.  Go to the Outcomes Questionnaire Training for Clinicians and Clinical Team page to register    


How to obtain the PTSD-RI-5  


To obtain all versions of the UCLA PTSD-RI-5, an agency representative will need to electronically complete this PTSD_RI_5 User Agreement.pdf and email it to PEIOutcomes@dmh.lacounty.gov.  Once the completed User’s Agreement has been received PEI Outcomes staff will send the user a link to a “Dropbox” that contains the Child/Adolescent and Parent versions of the UCLA PTSD-RI-5, available in English and Spanish.  In addition, the developer has included an electronic scoring system that providers will have access to via the “Dropbox”.  Please be aware that that all versions of the UCLA PTSD-RI are copyrighted and users are to follow all the terms of the Licensing and User’s Agreement.    


To obtain the PCL-5 questionnaire, click here


Booster trainings on the PTSD_RI-5/PCL-5


The MHSA Implementation and Outcomes Division hosted PTSD-RI-5/PCL-5 online booster trainings for agency personnel who were previsously trained on the PTSD-RI for DSM-IV, from November 2015 - February 2016.  Use the links below to download the handouts from the booster trainings.


PTSD-RI-5 Handout PDF 10.27.15.pdf

PCL-5 Handout PDF 10.27.15.pdf



                   Schedule of PTSD-RI-5/PCL-5 Webinar Trainings







No future trainings scheduled at this time






Note: Booster trainings are for PEI staff that previously attended training on the DSM IV version of the UCLA PTSD-RI.



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