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Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT) 101


Continuing Education

This section brings together free in-depth Continuing Education resources for the Professional community concerned with trauma.

Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT) 101

  • Date Created: 07/ 1/2020
  • Time to Complete: 1 hour
  • Credits: ANCC, APA, ASWB, ACCME, Other Orgs
  • Skill Level: Intermediate
  • Course Series: PTSD 101

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Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT) 101 Author(s):

Tara Galovski, PhD


The revised 2017 VA/DoD Clinical Practice Guideline for PTSD recommends Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT) as a first-line treatment. This course reviews the evidence for various CPT modalities—including CPT with and without a written account, group and individual formats, and with people who have co-occurring conditions such as depression or substance abuse.

Dr. Galovski describes pretreatment assessment issues—such as whether CPT is appropriate for a specific patient—and offers examples of how to describe CPT to potential clients. Using patient videos, the course presents a session overview of CPT and offers illustrations of how to facilitate trauma processing and challenge inaccurate thoughts (or stuck points) with clients.

Goals and Objectives

  • Describe the evidence supporting CPT as a treatment for PTSD.
  • Describe the components of CPT and differences between the CPT versions with and without a trauma account.
  • List current and future areas of CPT research.

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