Cognitive processing therapy (CPT) is a highly-effective cognitive-behavioral treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) for adults and adolescents as young as 14 years old. Cognitive processing therapy is implemented in six to 15 50-minute individual treatment sessions or in a closed group format consisting of 12 90-minute sessions. Cognitive processing therapy provides a way for clients to understand why recovery from traumatic events is difficult and how symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder affect daily life. The focus is on identifying how traumatic experiences change thoughts and how that influences current feelings and behaviors. Through a successful course of cognitive processing therapy, individuals learn to challenge their unhelpful, unrealistic thoughts about the traumatic experience, the world and themselves, and as a result can heal and live a more, full meaningful life with the absence of post-traumatic stress disorder symptoms. Cognitive processing therapy is endorsed by the U.S. Departments of Veterans Affairs and Defense as a best practice for the treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder.
In order to achieve CPT provider status, trainees must meet the following requirements:
- Be a professionally licensed mental health provider
- Participate in a live cognitive processing therapy training (two days) conducted by an approved CPT Trainer
- Participate in cognitive processing therapy consultation calls (one call per week for 26 weeks)
- Initiate cognitive processing therapy with at least four clients and successfully complete cognitive processing therapy with at least two clients
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