Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for PTSD

General Information

Title: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for PTSD: An evidence-based approach.

Presenter: William C. Sanderson, PhD

Date: Thursday, July 11, 2024 12 PM-3 PM ET

Fee: $85 . Earlybird fee (until 3/1) $40

Venue: Online Webinar

Includes access to recordings, full technical support, handouts, and CE credits.

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for PTSD


Cognitive behavioral therapy (i.e., imaginal exposure/prolonged exposure, cognitive processing therapy) is a well-established evidence-based treatment for PTSD. While the two primary strategies can be used alone, many cases present with features wherein their integration will more fully address the nature of the person’s traumatic reaction. The goal of imaginal exposure (prolonged exposure) is to help individuals with PTSD confront and process traumatic memories in a safe and controlled environment. Cognitive processing therapy is focused on helping patients identify and modify unhelpful beliefs about the trauma. The recent literature on the role of moral injury in the development of PTSD renders CPT a particularly important strategy along with imaginal exposure.

This presentation will provide an overview of imaginal exposure and cognitive processing therapy for PTSD and discuss their integration where appropriate. Participants will learn how to assess PTSD symptoms especially those associated with moral injury in order to develop the most effective psychotherapeutic treatment plan and utilize these treatments strategies to address the behavioral and cognitive psychopathology underlying the development and maintenance of PTSD


Dr. William C. Sanderson is Professor of Psychology at Hofstra University (Long Island, NY) where he teaches and conducts research on the nature and treatment of anxiety disorders and depression. Dr. Sanderson is a clinical psychologist with expertise in Cognitive Behavior Therapy, an evidence-based type of psychotherapy.

Dr. Sanderson received his Ph.D. in 1987 working under the mentorship of Dr. David Barlow at the Center for Stress and Anxiety Disorders, University at Albany. He then completed a Fellowship in Cognitive Therapy with Dr. Aaron T. Beck (the founder of Cognitive Therapy) at the Center for Cognitive Therapy, University of Pennsylvania.

Dr. Sanderson is a Founding Fellow of the Academy of Cognitive Therapy. He has participated on numerous national committees, including the American Psychiatric Association’s DSM-IV Anxiety Disorders Workgroup, served as Editor of The Clinical Psychologist, and was the Chair of the American Psychological Association Division of Clinical Psychology’s Committee on Science and Practice (a Task Force aimed at identifying and promoting the practice of evidence-based psychological interventions).

Dr. Sanderson has published more than 100 articles (including 7 books), primarily in the areas of anxiety, depression, personality disorders, evidence-based treatments, and cognitive behavior therapy. During the past decade he has been been interested in applying an evolutionary framework to human nature and clinical psychology.

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for PTSD


  1. Participants will learn how to assess PTSD symptoms to formulate a case conceptualization which will facilitate the development of an evidence based treatment plan to target relevant symptoms.
  2. Participants will learn how to develop a fear and avoidance hierarchy that guides imaginal exposure.
  3. Participants will learn how to identify maladaptive thoughts patterns in individuals with PTSD and modify them using cognitive processing therapy.

Application Deadline

July 10, 2024 or until all training spaces are filled, whichever comes first.

Notification of Acceptance

Applicants will be notified, via email, of acceptance when registration is complete, and payment is received.

Refund/Cancellation Policy 

Tuition/registration payments are refundable (minus $15) until May 12, 2024.  Cancellations after this date are non-refundable. In this situation, we will attempt to find someone to take your slot (based on our waiting list).


Conference is via webinar. For live options, there will be handicap accessibility.

Course level


Level of clinician 



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CE Information

Three Continuing Education Credits are granted through Nefesh International for the following professions: Psychologists, Social workers, Mental Health Counselors, and LMFTs. It is the participant’s responsibility to check with their individual state boards to verify CE requirements for their state.

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This program is co-sponsored by NEFESH International and Neuhoff Psychological Consulting . NEFESH International is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. NEFESH International, maintains responsibility for this program and its content.


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Satisfactory Completion:

Participants must have paid the tuition fee, signed in or logged in and out each day, attended the entire webinar, and completed an evaluation to receive a certificate (for pre-recorded program, a post-test with a passing grade of 80% is required.) Failure to sign/log in or out will result in forfeiture of credit for the entire course. No exceptions will be made. Partial credit is not available. Certificates are available electronically after satisfactory course completion. A link will be provided for those who have completed the training.


Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for PTSD


Thursday July 11, 2024

12:00-12:30: Diagnosing PTSD and identifying cognitive and behavioral mechanisms related to the development and maintenance of PTSD.


12:30-1:30: Imaginal (prolonged) exposure for PTSD

            - developing a fear and avoidance hierarchy

            - conducting imaginal exposure


1:30-2:30: Cognitive processing therapy for PTSD

            - identifying maladaptive thought processes

            - modifying maladaptive thought processes with cognitive therapy


2:30-3:00  Case discussions of the integration of imaginal exposure and cognitive processing therapy.


(Ten minute Q&A periods will be available at the end of each section)

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for PTSD