CPT - An Introduction to Cognitive Processing Therapy Course Description

Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT) is a short-term, evidence-based psychotherapy for PTSD (Resick, Monson, & Chard, 2016). CPT is considered to be a first-line treatment for service members and veterans diagnosed with PTSD according to the VA/DoD Guideline for the Management of Posttraumatic Stress (2017). This introductory course provides an overview of the empirical support for CPT, the key theoretical concepts upon which CPT is based, and the main interventions included in the CPT protocol. Information regarding additional training requirements for therapists who wish to offer CPT is provided.

LEARNING OBJECTIVES: Participants will be able to:

  1. Characterize the psychological theories behind CPT
  2. Appraise the empirical evidence for CPT’s effectiveness
  3. Communicate an overview of the CPT protocol

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