VA Palo Alto Health Care System
Men's Trauma Recovery Program (MTRP)
The mission of the MTRP is to help Veterans and active duty personnel achieve their highest level of functioning, promote reintegration into their communities, and facilitate reconnection with families and loved ones.
Our mission is accomplished by providing state-of-the-art treatment for PTSD and post-deployment adjustment issues. This treatment begins with a comprehensive assessment process and continues through the discharge process. The primary admission criterion is the experience of trauma while in the military including, but not limited to, combat-related trauma and/or military sexual trauma.
The primary treatment modality is group-based cognitive-behavioral therapy delivered in the context of a therapeutic milieu. Clinical practice guidelines are utilized to the fullest possible extent as are evidence-based treatments. Residents spend 4-8 hours a day in group therapy and classes that address skills and issues helpful to the population of Veterans we serve. These include such areas as emotion regulation, harm reduction, parenting, effective communication, leisure and recreation, and relapse prevention. Participation in intensive trauma work via a Cognitive Processing Therapy group is determined on a case-by-case basis. Professionals from other departments of VAPAHCS, most commonly speech, audiology, and physical therapy, provide services upon receipt of consultation requests initiated by the MTRP if clinically indicated.