302 – Healing PTSD with Cognitive Processing Therapy


Healing PTSD with Cognitive Processing Therapy

Challenging the Exposure Approach to Trauma

How exactly do people become stuck in their trauma, and how can they recover? Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT) is a rapidly growing model that has uncovered key cognitive processes that, when addressed, can affect lasting healing from PTSD—without the need for exposure to traumatic memories. In fact, it’s one of the few effective trauma treatments that doesn’t rely on exposure. In this workshop, you’ll discover the key processes behind this approach, which has shown an incredible durability of results in a head-to-head trials. You’ll explore:

  • How CPT challenges common myths about PTSD and recovery
  • Real case studies of CPT in action
  • How to target a client’s stuck points using core CPT skills
  • What research has revealed about CPT’s efficacy

Kathleen M. Chard, PhD, is a co-developer of CPT and director of the Trauma Recovery Center at the Cincinnati VA Medical Center. She’s the co-author of Cognitive Processing Therapy for PTSD: A Comprehensive Model and author of CPT for Sexual Abuse Treatment Manual. She’s trained over 5,000 clinicians throughout the United States on using CPT with veterans, active-duty personnel, and civilians. She’s co-chair of a 17-site study comparing CPT to Prolonged Exposure in US veterans.