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Minneapolis VA Health Care System


Services for Psychological and Sexual Trauma

Services for Psychological Trauma

Although many who are exposed to psychological trauma are remarkably resilient and do not have chronic difficulties, trauma can be associated with a number of difficulties including Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), depression, other anxiety problems, or problems relating to others. Depending on a veteran’s needs, a range of trauma-related services are available to help Veterans readjust following military or non-military trauma such as combat, sexual assault, or other life-threatening experiences.

Tools to help Veterans cope more effectively with post-traumatic stress include:

  • Group therapy and skills training (e.g. Journeys, Anger Management, Seeking Safety, ACT for Trauma, ADAPT parenting classes, Sexual Health and Assertiveness)
  • Individual therapy such as Prolonged Exposure or Cognitive Processing Therapy (see Evidence Based Treatments (EBT) for descriptions of these therapies)
  • Brief interventions such as Nightmare Imagery Rehearsal and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia
  • Couple and family therapy (for adults)
  • Education about common trauma reactions and skills to deal with those reactions
  • Medication management  

Services for Military Sexual Trauma

Military sexual trauma (MST) refers to sexual assault or repeated, threatening sexual harassment that occurred while the Veteran was in the military. It includes any sexual activity where someone is involved against his or her will. It also includes unwanted sexual touching or grabbing; threatening, offensive remarks about a person’s body or sexual activities; and/or threatening or unwelcome sexual advances. Both women and men can experience MST during their service. We know that people can recover from trauma. All Veterans seen at Veterans Health Administration facilities are asked about experiences of sexual trauma and are offered free services if the veteran needs and wants help, even many years later. You do not need to have a VA disability rating (be “service connected”) to receive these services and may be able to receive services even if you are not eligible for other VA care. You do not need to have reported the incident(s) when they happened or have other documentation that they occurred.

Intensive Outpatient Services

For veterans recovering from trauma and borderline personality disorder, we offer a 12-week intensive outpatient program. Veterans engage in Dialectical Behavior Therapy and Prolonged Exposure therapy in a milieu environment. Referrals are accepted from any VA and interested Veterans must submit an application.

How to Access Services at Minneapolis VA:

To access all services for psychological or sexual trauma, and other
mental health difficulties, contact Mental Health Intake at (612) 467-1921,
Monday through Friday, from 8:00 am to 4:30 pm (click on the Mental
Health Services link on the right under Resources for details).
If you feel your situation is an emergency, call 911.

VA National Mental Health Website

The VA’s National Mental Health website contains a wealth of information about trauma related mental health difficulties and Military Sexual Trauma.

The National Center for PTSD

The National Center for PTSD website contains information for the public about common reactions to trauma, treatments for posttraumatic stress, and information for family and friends of individuals who have survived trauma.

Learn more about treatment options, watch this VA video on Understanding PTSD Treatment

Military Sexual Trauma Coordinator

For additional information about military sexual trauma (MST) or for assistance in accessing services, call the Minneapolis Medical Center at 612-725-2000 and request to speak with the Military Sexual Trauma Coordinator.