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The Keys Behind How Cognitive Processing Therapy Heals PTSD

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Kathleen M. Chard, PhD
1 Hour 16 Minutes
Dec 03, 2020
PESI, Inc.
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How exactly do people get stuck in traumatic events and PTSD, and how can they recover? Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT) is a rapidly growing model that is showing promising results and has uncovered key cognitive processes that, when addressed, can create lasting healing from PTSD, often without the need to go back and even talk extensively about the traumatic event. 

Join co-developer of CPT, Kathleen Chard, PhD, for a fascinating recording that will address many common myths around PTSD recovery and what research has shown helps. Learn the key processes behind this approach to trauma treatment that is endorsed by the U.S. Departments of Veterans Affairs and Defense, the International Society of Traumatic Stress Studies, and the U.K. National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) as a best practice for the treatment of PTSD.  



This online program is worth 1.5 hours CPD.



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Kathleen M. Chard, Ph.D., is a co-developer of CPT and director of the Trauma Recovery Center at the Cincinnati VA Medical Center. Serving as the VA CPT Implementation Director, Dr. Chard oversees the dissemination of CPT to mental health clinicians across the United States. She is the co-author of Cognitive Processing Therapy for PTSD: A Comprehensive Model (The Guilford Press, 2017) and author of CPT for Sexual Abuse treatment manual (2012). A sought-after speaker, Dr. Chard has personally trained over 5,000 clinicians throughout the United States on using CPT with veterans, active duty personnel, and civilians in addition to overseeing the training of tens of thousands of others via the trainers she supervises. She is co-chair of a 17-site study comparing CPT to Prolonged Exposure in US veterans in addition to conducting a $6 million-dollar Department of Defense study on the assessment of PTSD. She served as a past editor of the Journal of Traumatic Stress and is a professor of Clinical Psychiatry and Behavioral Neuroscience at the University of Cincinnati.

Speaker Disclosures:
Financial: Kathleen Chard has employment relationships with CPT Training Institute, Cincinnati Veterans Administration Medical Center, University of Cincinnati, and Department of Veterans Affairs. She receives royalties as a published author. Kathleen Chard receives a speaking honorarium, recording royalties, and book royalties from PESI, Inc. She has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.
Non-financial: Kathleen Chard has no relevant non-financial relationships.


  1. Analyze the empirical evidence supporting the use of Cognitive Processing Therapy for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and related conditions.
  2. Determine common myths around PTSD that can interfere in treatment and worsen outcomes.
  3. Utilize 3 keys from CPT that help clients understand how to overcome “stuck points”.


  • Explore the basis for positive results from CPT research 
  • Identify common myths around PTSD recovery 
  • The keys behind how CPT helps clients recover from PTSD  

Target Audience

  • Counselors
  • Social Workers
  • Psychologists
  • Psychotherapists
  • Therapists
  • Marriage & Family Therapists
  • Addiction Counselors
  • Case Managers
  • Physicians
  • Nurses
  • Other Mental Health Professionals


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