Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT) for PTSD

General Information

Title: Cognitive Processing Therapy for PTSD

Presenter: Kathleen M. Chard, PhD

Dates: Monday, January 8, 2024--Tuesday, January 9, 2024: 9AM--4:30 PM ET.

Fee: $675. Earlybird discount until 12/1 $475

Venue: Brooklyn, NY (Best Western Gregory Hotel) OR Online Webinar

Includes full technical support, handouts, and CE credits. For live attendees, includes snacks and lunch.

Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT) for PTSD


Endorsed by the U.S. Departments of Veterans Affairs and Defense, the International Society of Traumatic Stress Studies, the Institute of Medicine (IOM), and the U.K. National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) as a best practice for the treatment of PTSD, Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT) is an evidence-based approach to treating Posttraumatic Stress Disorder that helps clients:

  • Understand why recovery from traumatic events is difficult and how symptoms affect daily life
  • Reduce distress related to memories of the trauma
  • Decrease emotional numbing and avoidance of trauma reminders
  • Improve day-to-day living by decreasing depression, anxiety, guilt or shame

Presented by CPT developer Dr. Kathleen Chard, this 2-day intensive training will encompass every step of this highly structured, 12-session cognitive treatment approach from start to finish, complete with videos, opportunities to practice, ask questions, and receive constructive feedback Dr. Resick herself.

Designed to prepare you to use CPT right away, this training will equip you with session-by-session instructions, scripts, worksheets, and handouts to help move your clients from suffering and despair to hope and healing. You’ll learn:

  • The who, when and how of CPT
  • Powerful cognitive restructuring skills to help clients overcome ways of thinking that keep them “stuck”
  • Effective ways to utilize structure and consistency to help clients become their own CPT therapist
  • How to help clients release themselves from shame, guilt and blame about the trauma


Kathleen M. Chard, PhD is the Associate Chief of Staff for Research and Director of Trauma Recovery Center
at the Cincinnati VA Medical Center. She is also a Professor of Clinical Psychiatry and Director of the UC
Health Stress Center at the University of Cincinnati. Dr. Chard is an international expert of the assessment and treatment of stress-related disorders, including PTSD. Dr. Chard is co-author of Cognitive Processing Therapy:
A Comprehensive Manual and she has received extensive funding to examine stress epidemiology and treatment
in Veterans, first responders and civilians. She frequently provides trainings all over the world on the Cognitive
Processing Therapy, assessment and treatment of stress and PTSD.

Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT) for PTSD


At the conclusion of this program, participants will be better able to:

  1. fully describe CPT to their clients to assist in shared treatment planning.
  2. Identify populations groups for whom CPT would and would not be effective.
  3. Summarize the research on CPT demonstrating its effectiveness with diverse client populations.
  4. Use CPT with clients who are suffering from PTSD and related disorders. 
  5. Utilize CPT skills to handle complex patients and their clinical practice. 
  6. Make evidence-based decisions about when to use group or individual CPT. 

Application Deadline

January 5, 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 $25) until December 2, 2023.  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 



If you require ADA accommodations, please contact our office 30 days or more before the event. We cannot ensure accommodations without adequate prior notification

The Grievance Policy for trainings provided by NEFESH INTERNATIONAL is available here. Please Note: Licensing Boards change regulations often, and while we attempt to stay abreast of their most recent changes, if you have questions or concerns about this course meeting your specific board’s approval, we recommend you contact your board directly to obtain a ruling.

CE Information

Continuing Education Credit is 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.NEFESH International, Inc. is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Psychology as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed psychologists #PSY-0116.NEFESH International is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed marriage and family therapists #MFT-0046NEFESH International is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for Mental Health Counselor #MHC-0082NEFESH International is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #SW-0048.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.


Resick P.A, Wachen J.S, Dondanville K.A, et al. (2017) Effect of Group vs Individual Cognitive Processing Therapy in Active-Duty Military Seeking Treatment for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder: A Randomized Clinical Trial. JAMA Psychiatry, 74(1):28–36. doi:10.1001/jamapsychiatry.2016.2729


Schnurr P.P, Chard K.M, Ruzek J.I, et al. (2022). Comparison of Prolonged Exposure vs Cognitive Processing Therapy for Treatment of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder Among US Veterans: A Randomized Clinical Trial. JAMA Netw Open, 5(1):e2136921. doi:10.1001/jamanetworkopen.2021.36921


Sloan, D. M., Marx, B. P., Resick, P. A., Young-McCaughan, S., Dondanville, K. A., Straud, C. L., Mintz, J., Litz, B. T., & Peterson, A. L., for the STRONG STAR Consortium. (2022). Effect of written exposure therapy versus cognitive processing therapy on increasing treatment efficacy among military service members: A randomized noninferiority trial. JAMA Network Open, 5(1), Article e2140911.

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 Processing Therapy (CPT) for PTSD


January 8, 2024

8:45-9:00         Check in


9:00 -9:15        Welcome and Introductions: Settle in; review agenda for training; implementation questions


9:15 – 9:30      Therapy Outcomes


9:30 – 11:00    Symptoms of PTSD and Theory Underlying CPT  

                        Break at 9:45-10


11:00 – 12:00  Brief Review of CPT Manual & Forms

  • Manual
  • Session Summaries


12:00-1:00       Lunch Break


1:00-1:45         Pre-treatment Issues and Recommended Assessment Measures


1:45 – 2:30      Session 1

  • Structuring Sessions
  • Symptoms and Rationale
  • Types of Emotions (natural and manufactured)
  • Selecting Worst Trauma
  • Stuck Points Handout
  • Overview of Treatment
  • Assigning Impact Statement



2:30-2:45         Break


2:45-4:00         Session 2

  • Reading and Processing the Impact Statement
  • Introducing the ABC Worksheet

- Participants fill out ABC Worksheets


4:00-4:30         Review/Questions; Adjourn for the day.              





January 9, 2024

8:45-9:00         Settle in, register (There will be two 15 min breaks in the day)


9:00– 10:00     Session 3

  • Reviewing ABC Worksheets
  • Introduction to Socratic Questioning
  • Role-play Processing ABC Worksheets


10:00– 10:30   Session 4

  • Review of ABC Sheets on the traumatic event(s)
  • Assignment of Challenging Questions Worksheet


10:30 – 11:00  Session 5

  • Review of Challenging Questions Worksheet
  • Assignment of Problematic Thinking Patters


11:00-11:30    Session 6

  • Patterns of Problematic Thinking and Review
  • Introducing the Challenging Beliefs Worksheet (CBW)


11:30-12:00     Session 7

  • Review of Challenging Beliefs Worksheet
  • Introduction to Safety


12:00-1:00      Lunch


1:00-1:30         Session 8

  • Review of CBW’s and focus on Safety
  • Introduction to Trust
  • Trust Star


1:30-2:00        Session 9: Trust


2:00-2:30         Session 10: Power and Control

                        New assignments to give and receive compliments and pleasant event scheduling


2:30 - 2:45       Session 11: Esteem


2:45 – 3:15      Session 12

  • Intimacy
  • Final Impact Statement


3:15 – 4:15      Additional Considerations

  • Variable Length CPT
  • CPT Coach App
  • Consultation


4:15- 4:30        Final questions and comments; adjourn for the day.  

Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT) for PTSD