June is Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Awareness Month. PTSD was first brought to public attention in relation to war veterans, but it can result from a variety of traumatic events. It is estimated that 7 to 8 percent of the American population will develop PTSD at some point in their lives. These resources are listed to help overcome misconceptions about PTSD and to help promote promising partnering strategies with American Job Centers.
- JAN’s Webcast on PTSD - The Job Accommodation Network (JAN) produced a 25-minute training module webcast titled: Providing Reasonable Accommodations to Employees with PTSD. The webcast provides an overview of PTSD, accommodation ideas, and workplace scenarios with corresponding solutions. Trainees can view the module at their computer or use the module as part of larger training. Note: Adobe Flash is required to view this webcast.
- Accommodation Ideas for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder - Link to the Job Accommodation Network (JAN) on accommodation ideas to support individuals with PTSD succeed in the workplace.
- National Center for PTSD - Among military veterans, PTSD is quite common. This link to the National Center for the PTSD of the U.S. Veteran Affairs website is focused on providing the latest research findings to help those exposed to trauma.
- Quality Employment for Disabled Veterans - This resource link describes how Disability Program Navigators and DVOP/LVERs (Disabled Veterans Outreach Program/Local Veterans Employment Representative) in two states collaborated to find employment for veterans with disabilities. This resource highlights that when services are integrated and resources are leveraged, successful outcomes are consistently achieved.
- Our Journey Together: A Trauma-Informed Approach for Youth and the Workforce System - On Wednesday, May 2, 2018, ETA hosted a webinar in response to the recognition that many of the youth we serve in the workforce system may be dealing with mental health or substance use issues in response to trauma from a variety of events. Such events may include natural disasters, interaction with the justice system, or family troubles. This webinar highlights how behavioral health and workforce agencies can collaborate to develop strategies to benefit the well-being of the youth we serve.
- EEOC Resource Document - On December 12, 2016, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) published a resource document titled, “Depression, PTSD, & Other Mental Health Conditions in the Workplace: Your Legal Rights,” which most notably included rights of those with PTSD as a mental health condition under the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA).