Cognitive Processing Therapy

General Information

Cognitive Processing Therapy for PTSD
Presenter: Dr. Patricia Resick
Dates: July 5, 6, 12, 13 11:00 AM–3:00 PM Eastern Time
Fee: $575. Early bird reduction (until 6/1) $475
Online Webinar: Includes full technical support, handouts, and CE credits.


This four-session online training will be live and interactive. You will be able to ask the presenter questions. The training will be recorded. All participants will have access to recordings for 8 weeks.

There is no known commercial support nor conflict of interest for this program.

Participants are encouraged to read the latest version of the CPT manual prior to attending the workshop, available at Guilford Press here.

Opportunity for additional learning via post-workshop consultation will be discussed during the training, including information related to achieving CPT Provider status. For details about structure and cost, please contact us via email

Cognitive Processing Therapy


Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT) for PTSD is a recommended first line therapy in current treatment guidelines world-wide. This 2-day workshop (4 half-days) serves as a foundational training in CPT, highlighting the most recent research and changes in the protocol with the recent publication of the comprehensive manual (Resick, Monson, & Chard, 2016). The purpose of this workshop is to teach participants to conduct the cognitive processing therapy (CPT) protocols for posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). PTSD is a very heterogeneous disorder with high rates of comorbidity. The workshop begins with an overview of research to show the populations who have received CPT, description of DSM-5 symptoms followed by a functional description of why some people do not recover from trauma and why comorbid symptoms develop along with their PTSD. Cognitive and biological theories will be introduced to describe why cognitive therapy reduces PTSD symptoms. Following this review of research and theory on CPT, the participants will learn to conduct the 12-session therapy, session-by-session along with a variable-length version of the protocol. CPT is a very systematic approach to treating PTSD in which participants learn to think about their traumatic events differently and learn the skill of more balanced thinking generally. This workshop includes many videotaped examples of the therapy as well as opportunities to practice skills and work with the worksheets that are part of the therapy.
This workshop is suitable for healthcare practitioners and trainees in psychology, social work, nursing, counselling, medicine, and related fields.


Patricia A. Resick, Ph.D., ABPP is Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Duke University Medical Center. After graduating with her Ph.D. in Psychology from the University of Georgia, Dr. Resick served as an Assistant and Associate Professor at the University of South Dakota. She also served as Associate to Full Professor at the University of Missouri- St. Louis and was awarded an endowed professorship, Curator’s Professor in 2000. During that period, she also developed and was the Director of the Center for Trauma Recovery. In 2003, Dr. Resick became the Director of the Women’s Health Sciences Division of the National Center for PTSD, VA Boston Healthcare system and Professor of Psychiatry at Boston University. In 2013, she moved to Duke University. Dr. Resick’s specialty is in understanding and treating the effects of traumatic events, particularly posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). In 1988, she developed Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT) for PTSD, a short evidence-based treatment and has overseen multiple clinical trials. The treatment manual for CPT has been translated into 12 languages and has been formally disseminated throughout the VA in the US, Canada and Australia, and now the Democratic Republic of Congo. CPT is considered a first line therapy for PTSD. Dr. Resick’s research has been continuously funded for 40 years; she has published over 350 articles and chapters and 10 books on PTSD. She has served as the President of both the International Society for Traumatic Stress and the Association for Cognitive and Behavioral Therapies. She has won research and mentoring awards as well as Lifetime Achievement Awards from the Trauma Division (56) of the American Psychological Association, the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies and the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies.

Cognitive Processing Therapy


At the conclusion of this program, participants will be better able to:
  • Describe a functional model of PTSD.
  • Identify the stuck points of clients with PTSD.
  • Demonstrate Socratic dialogue to challenge stuck points.
  • Fully describe CPT to their clients to assist in shared treatment planning.
  • Identify populations groups for whom CPT would and would not be effective.
  • Summarize the research on CPT demonstrating its effectiveness with diverse client populations.
  • Use CPT with clients who are suffering from PTSD and related disorders.
  • Utilize CPT skills to handle complex patients and their clinical practice.

Application Deadline: July 3, 2022 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 June 5, 2022. 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).
Accessibility: Conference is via webinar. For live options, there will be handicap accessibility.
Course level: Introductory
Level of clinician: Introductory
If you require ADA accommodations, please contact our office 30 days or more before the event. We cannot ensure accommodations without adequate prior notification
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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.
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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.
Satisfactory Completion: Participants must have paid the tuition fee, 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 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.


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.

Cognitive Processing Therapy


Day #1 July 5th  
11:00 - 11:15 AM

Welcome and Introduction

11:15 – 12:45

Program Overview

Implementation: Personal and Administrative Levels

Symptoms of PTSD and Theory Underlying CPT

Research and Therapy Outcomes

Brief Review of CPT Manual and Forms

1) Manual

2) Session Summaries

12:45 - 1:15


1:15 – 3:00

Pre-treatment Issues and Recommended Assessment

Measures, Structuring Sessions

Session 1:

1) Symptoms and Rationale

2) Types of Emotions (Natural and Manufactured)

3) Selecting Worst Trauma

4) Stuck Points Handout

5) Overview of Treatment

6) Assigning Impact Statement

Day #2 July 6th  
11:00 - 12:30 PM

Session 2:

1) Reading and Processing the Impact Statement

2) Introducing the ABC Worksheet –

a. Participants fill out ABC worksheets


Session 3:

1) Reviewing the ABC Worksheets

2) Introduction to Socratic Questioning

3) Role-play Processing ABC Worksheets

4) Assignment of the Written Account

12:30 – 1:00 Break
1:00 – 3:00

Session 4:

1) First Written Account

a. What to do if patient didn’t do account or account is incomplete

b. Goals of reading account

2) Use of Socratic Questioning after Account


Session 5:

1) The Second Written Account

2) Assignment of Challenging Questions Worksheet


Out-of-Training Practice

Challenging Questions Worksheet

Day #3 July 12th  
11:00 – 12:45

Session 6:

1) Review of Challenging Questions Worksheet

2) Role-Play Activity – Processing of Challenging Questions Worksheet


Session 7:

1) Review Patterns of Problematic Thinking

2) Introducing the Challenging Beliefs Worksheet (CBW)

3) Have Participant Complete a CBW

4) Role-Play Completion of CBW

12:45 – 1:15 Break
1:15 – 3:00

Session 8:


Questions and Comments

Day #4 July 13th  
11:00 – 12:45

Session 9:



Session 10:

Power and Control

New assignments to give, received compliments, and pleasant event scheduling

12:45 – 1:15 Break
1:15 - 3:00

Session 11:



Session 12:

1) Intimacy

2) Final Impact Statement

3) Review and Goals


Consultation and Provider Roster Requirements

Q&A and Comments

Cognitive Processing Therapy