with Kathleen Chard, PhD & Carie Rodgers, PhD
Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT) has been shown to be an effective treatment of PTSD for civilian and veteran males and females with various trauma histories. Although often used as an individual therapy, CPT has been found to be an effective group or combined group and individual therapy modality. This workshop will provide training in the use of Cognitive Processing Therapy in various group formats, including combinations with individual therapy. The presenters will conduct a brief review of the utility of group CPT, including data supporting its use in treating PTSD and related symptoms. A session by session overview of the 12 session CPT model will be reviewed including a discussion of all practice assignments and worksheets. Videotape will be used to demonstrate techniques and the audience will be asked to practice exercises over the course of the training. The presenters will make note of ways in which the group session structure differs from individual therapy. Issues regarding pre-treatment assessment, readiness for group, dealing with difficult patients, and after care will be discussed. Finally ways that CPT can be adapted to various settings will be offered including the benefits and drawbacks of the group format.
Participant Alert: There may be a brief discussion of traumatic events that lead to PTSD as part of an explanation of treatment interventions.