Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT)

Training Description

This workshop is designed to teach participants Cognitive Processing Therapy, an evidenced based treatment for Veterans with PTSD. Cognitive Processing Therapy is a gold standard treatment for Veterans with PTSD focused on helping Veterans to restructure negative cognitions that develop after trauma. Material covered will include theoretical background and a review of session by session content. There will be both didactic and experiential components so that participants can practice the essential components of CPT. Given this workshop is based on a manualized treatment, participants are encouraged to purchase copies of the manual prior to attending. This will ensure participants get the most out of their training experience.

Length of Training
6 hours
Continuing Education Units (CEUs)
Objectives of Training
Understand background/theory behind CPT
Be exposed to session by session content and associated practice assignments
Engage in experiential practice to reinforce learning
Please describe how it relates or focuses on veterans

PTSD is a common problem among Veterans. CPT was originally developed for female survivors of sexual trauma and has since been adapted to be implemented among Veterans.

Training Platform
Sources Cited

Resick, P. A., Monson, C. M., and Chard, K. M. (2017). Cognitive Processing Therapy for PTSD: A Comprehensive Manual. 

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