Patricia Resick PhD ABPP

Cognitive Processing Therapy for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder


25th May 2021  14.00-17.00 (UK): 09.00 - 12.00 EST

26th May 2021  14.00-17.00 (UK): 09.00 - 12.00 EST 

£80 (+VAT for both parts)

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Cognitive Processing Therapy for PTSD


The purpose of this workshop is to introduce participants to cognitive processing therapy (CPT) protocols for posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD).  The workshop begins with a functional description of why some people do not recover from trauma and why comorbid symptoms develop along with their PTSD.  Cognitive and biological theories will be introduced to describe why cognitive therapy reduces PTSD symptoms.  Participants will learn first about the standard 12-session therapy, session by session along with a variable-length version of the protocol. CPT is a very systematic approach to treating PTSD in which participants learn to think about their traumatic events differently and learn the skill of more balanced thinking generally. This workshop includes videotaped examples of the therapy.


  1. Participants will be able to describe a functional model of PTSD.

  2. Participants will demonstrate the difference between assimilation, accommodation and over-accommodation.

  3. Participants will be able to identify the stuck points of clients with PTSD.

  4. Participants will be provided an overview of CPT and the progression through the worksheets for patients to build skills to examine and change their dysfunctional thoughts about their traumatic events.

Socratic questioning with PTSD will be demonstrated


CPT demonstration

CPT was developed in the late 1980s and has been shown to be effective in reducing PTSD symptoms related to a variety of traumatic events including child abuse, combat, rape and natural disasters.


About Dr Patricia Resick

Patricia A. Resick, Ph.D., ABPP has distinguished career in clinical psychology and CBT.  She began developing cognitive processing therapy (CPT) in 1988 and has been conducting research on its efficacy and effectiveness since then. In 2006 she initiated a program to disseminate CPT throughout the United States Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).  She has published 9 books and over 250 research articles and book chapters. 

In addition to her clinical work and research Dr Resick has contributed to the development of services, academic, professional organisations and to the training and mentoring of many other clinicians,  For a decade Dr. Resick was the Director of the Women’s Health Sciences Division of the National Center for PTSD at VA Boston Healthcare System. 

Dr. Resick has received grants from NIH, NIJ, CDC, SAMHSA, VA and DoD to provide services and conduct research on the effects of traumatic events, particularly on women, and to develop and test therapeutic interventions for PTSD. Dr. Resick has served on the editorial boards of nine scientific journals and was an Associate Editor for the Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology. She served on the Board of Directors of the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies for nine years including terms as Secretary, Vice-President, and President (2009). She was a Board Member for the Association for the Advancement of Behavior Therapy (now ABCT) for two terms. She served as President during 2003-2004.

Unsurprisingly Dr. Resick has received numerous awards for her research, including the Robert S. Laufer Memorial Award for Outstanding Scientific Achievement in the Field of PTSD from the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies the 2009 Leadership Award by the Association for VA Psychologist Leaders, the 2012 Outstanding Contributions by an Individual for Educational/Training Activities Presented by the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies and in 2013, and the Lifetime Achievement Award from Division 56 of APA.  Since 2006 she has been a leader of a national VA initiative to disseminate Cognitive Processing Therapy throughout the VA system and is currently working on five clinical trials in San Antonio and Ft. Hood, Texas, one at Duke, a large cooperative study in VA comparing CPT with PE, and consulting on several grants overseas.


Books by
Dr Patricia Resick

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Handbook of PTSD

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CPT for rape

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