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Cognitive Processing Therapy for PTSD

12.00 CE Hours Available

This workshop will teach participants how to conduct the Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT) protocols for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). CPT is a very systematic evidence-based approach to treating PTSD in which participants learn to think about their traumatic events differently and learn the skill of more balanced thinking.

This workshop will include training in individually administered CPT with either the standard 12-session protocol or a variable length course of treatment. Dr. Resick will include video examples and roleplays in the workshop.


All orders include the entire presentation with handouts and a CE test.
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Participants will be able to:

  • Describe a functional model of PTSD
  • Demonstrate the difference between assimilation, accommodation and overaccommodation
  • Describe the format and goals for each CPT treatment session
  • Describe common PTSD client “stuck points”
  • Demonstrate Socratic dialogue to challenge stuck points
  • Describe how to use the treatment tools included with the CPT Manual


Barriers to Learning Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT) - Research on CPT
Theoretical Underpinnings

  • Changes in the DSM-5
  • Why do some people fail to recover?
  • Biology of PTSD—Why CPT works
  • Cognitive Theory and CPT Assimilation, Overaccommodation and Accommodation
    Cognitive Processing Therapy: Session by Session
  • Pretreatment Issues
  • Assessing PTSD
  • Buy-in

Session 1 - Introduction to CPT

  • Structuring Sessions
  • Symptoms and Rationale
  • Types of Emotions (natural and manufactured)
  • Selecting the Index (worst) Trauma
  • Stuck Points Handout
  • Overview of Treatment
  • Assigning Impact Statement
    Session 2 - Impact Statement
  • Review Impact Statement
  • Introducing the ABC Worksheet

Session 3 - ABC Worksheets

  • Reviewing ABC Worksheets
  • Introduction to Socratic Questioning

Session 4 - Challenging Assimilation

  • Continued use of ABC Sheets and Socratic Dialogue
  • Levels of Responsibility - Challenging Questions
    Session 5 - Challenging Questions
  • Review Challenging Questions
  • Introduce Patterns of Problematic Thinking

Session 6 - Patterns of Problematic Thinking

  • Review Patterns of Problematic Thinking
  • Introduce CBW with Trauma-Related Stuck Points
    Challenging Beliefs Worksheet (CBW)
  • Review CBWs - Introduce Safety Theme

Last Five Sessions of CPT Themes

  • Structure of Last Sessions On Overaccommodation
    Session 8 - Safety
  • Review Safety Stuck Points and CBWs
  • Risk Reduction Strategies if Needed
    Session 9 - Trust
  • Review CBWs on Trust - Trust Wheel

Session 10 - Control

  • Review CBWs - Giving and Taking Control Worksheet
    Session 11 - Esteem
  • Review esteem CBWs - Review Extra Assignments
  • Introduce Final Impact Statement
    Session 12 - Intimacy
  • Review Intimacy CBWs - Client Final Impact Statement
  • Compare Original Impact Statement
  • Discuss Continuing Stuck Points

Variable Length CPT

  • Stopping CPT Early with Good End State
  • Continuing On for More Sessions

Other issues - Q&A