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Overview of Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT) for Traumatic Stress Disorders

Presented by Dr. Patricia Resick, PhD, ABPP

Presenter Bio

Patricia A. Resick, Ph.D., ABPP is Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Duke University Medical Center and Adjunct Professor, Medical University of South Carolina. 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 15 languages and has been formally disseminated throughout the VA and other veterans’ services in the U.S., Australia, and Canada as well as civilian training initiatives in the U.S. CPT is considered a first line therapy for PTSD. Dr. Resick’s research has been continuously funded for over 40 years; she has published more than 350 articles and chapters and 12 books on PTSD including the newly published self help book “Getting Unstuck from PTSD: Using Cognitive Processing Therapy to Guide Your Recovery” and has just completed a second edition of the best-selling treatment manual “Cognitive Processing Therapy for PTSD: A Comprehensive Manual”. Dr. Resick has served as the President of both the International Society for Traumatic Stress and the Association for Cognitive and Behavioral Therapies. She has won multiple 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.

The purpose of this workshop is to introduce participants to cognitive processing therapy (CPT) protocols for posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). The workshop begins with a functional description of why some people do not recover from trauma and why comorbid symptoms develop along with their PTSD. Cognitive theory will be introduced to describe why cognitive therapy reduces PTSD symptoms. Participants will learn first about the standard 12-session therapy, session by session along with a variable-length version of the protocol as well as telehealth. Cross cultural adaptations will be described. 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 videotaped examples of the therapy.

Course Objectives

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

  1. Describe a functional model of PTSD
  2. Demonstrate the difference between assimilation, accommodation and over-accommodation
  3. Identify the stuck points of clients with PTSD
  4. Describe an overview of CPT and the progression through the worksheets for patients to build skills to examine and change their dysfunctional thoughts about their traumatic events
  5. Recognize how Socratic questioning with PTSD is implemented
  6. Describe several cross-cultural adaptations

Instructional Level


Licensed mental health professionals employed through Kaiser Permanente and psychological assistants performing under supervision of a licensed psychologist.

This CE program is free to Kaiser Permanente employees.
Instructional Methodology
On-line Presentation

Continuing Education Information

Kaiser Permanente Northern California Mental Health Training Program is approved by the California Psychological Association to provide continuing professional education for psychologists. The Kaiser Permanente Northern California Mental Health Training Program maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

Refund and Attendance Policy

All programs offered on KP Learn for CE credit through the KP Northern California Mental Health Training website are free of charge to Kaiser Permanente Staff and trainees. Once a course is selected in the KP NCAL MH Training Website, the registration process begins, and it will appear in the individuals KP Learn profile for completion within 90 days.

IMPORTANT NOTICE: Those who attend the program in full and complete the appropriate evaluation form will receive CE credits. Please note that credit will only be granted to those who attend the entire program. An attestation of attendance will be given once the individual has completed viewing the program, which will then initiate the final steps of completing the evaluation forms to receive a certificate of completion.

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