Cognitive Processing Therapy

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This Introduction provides an overview of CPT and a video detailing how to navigate the site.

You have entered CPTWeb, the site for web-based learning of Cognitive Processing Therapy. This site has a particular focus on the treatment of military and combat-related PTSD, although the principles and methods described work well for any type of traumatic event that results in PTSD. This course was developed to complement other methods of clinical learning, such as reading a book or manual or attending a workshop or training course. However, unlike most workshops and manuals, this site includes specific, step-by-step instructions for each component of therapy, printable sample scripts for introducing concepts and techniques to clients, and flash video demonstrations of the therapy procedures conducted by expert clinicians. The web site is also developed so that you can proceed at your own pace and use the learning experiences when it is convenient for you.

What is CPT?

Based on principles of cognitive therapy, Cognitive Processing Therapy for Veteran/Military Populations--or CPT--was developed by Drs. Patricia Resick, Candice Monson, and Kathleen Chard. This site is based very closely on their treatment manual, which is provided for those who complete this course and the course evaluation. We encourage you to refer to this manual as part of your learning experience. References and links to other resources related to CPT, including how to implement CPT in group format, can also be found under the Resources tab section of this site.

Dr. Patricia Resick
Dr. Candice Monson
Dr. Kathleen Chard

CPT involves a structured, sequenced approach to address the unique needs of each patient suffering from PTSD and/or depression. Specifically, CPT is a short-term treatment that may work in as few as 12 treatment sessions. Of course, treatment may be prov ided for longer periods depending on each individual's needs. Sessions address the following issues:

Once you complete the course, you can return whenever you like to review techniques, print out scripts, watch videos, and refresh your learning.