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Advanced Training in Cognitive Processing Therapy: The Official Level II Training for Managing Complex Trauma & Related Conditions

Kathleen M. Chard, PhD
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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, Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT) is an evidence-based approach to treating trauma.

Presented by CPT co-developer Dr. Kathleen Chard, this 1-day intensive training program is designed to equip therapists who already have a foundation in Cognitive Processing Therapy to go beyond the basics with this powerful evidence-based protocol to:

  • Overcome the most common issues that de-rail treatment
  • Reduce dropouts and improve outcomes
  • Address severe reactions such as flashback, dissociation, anger, substance use, personality disorders and more!

After this training, you will be prepared to use CPT with complex therapy cases and improve your ability to move clients through the CPT process the way it’s done by the most seasoned CPT clinicians!

Dr. Chard will teach you advanced techniques not covered in the 2-day basic training that create client buy-in and build engagement, reduce dropout, and how she works with flashbacks, dissociation, and other complications that could de-rail therapy.

In addition, she covers easy-to-implement strategies for managing avoidance, anger and staff splitting while staying in the CPT framework. This training also includes new, exclusive video demonstrations filmed at Dr. Chard’s clinic that demonstrate how to use CPT even when the session throws you a curve ball.

Register today for this opportunity to train with one of the leading and most sought-after trauma experts in the field in this all-new advanced training to refine and master your use of CPT and improve outcomes in the most difficult situations.

**Please note: You will NOT have access to an archived version of this webinar after the program has ended.**


Planning Committee Disclosure - No relevant relationships

All members of the PESI, Inc. planning committee have provided disclosures of financial relationships with ineligible organizations and any relevant non-financial relationships prior to planning content for this activity. None of the committee members had relevant financial relationships with ineligible companies or other potentially biasing relationships to disclose to learners.  For speaker disclosures, please see the faculty biography.

* Credit Note - CE Information Coming Soon

Continuing education credit information is coming soon for this live webcast.


Kathleen M. Chard, PhD's Profile

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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, the Cincinnati Veterans Administration Medical Center, the University of Cincinnati, and the Department of Veterans Affairs. She receives royalties as a published author. She has a research activity that is grant funded through Health Services Research and Development Service, PESI Foundation, IAA with USAMMDA and CVAMC. Kathleen Chard receives a speaking honorarium, recording, and book royalties from Psychotherapy Networker and PESI, Inc. She has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.
Non-financial: Kathleen Chard is an ad hoc reviewer for several peer review journals, for a complete list contact PESI, Inc. She is a member of the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies.

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Access Period for Live Webcast

For live CE credit, you must watch the live webcast in its entirety at its scheduled time and complete the CE quiz and evaluation within one week.

Please Note: You will NOT have access to an archived copy of the webcast after the program has ended.

Webcast Schedule

Please note: There will be a 70-minute lunch and two 15-minute breaks; one in the morning and one in the afternoon. Lunch and break times will be announced by the speaker and at their discretion. A more detailed schedule is available upon request.


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  1. Utilize clinical strategies and evidence-based assessments to identify traumatic events and potential co-morbid conditions.
  2. Utilize motivational interviewing and advanced CPT techniques for enhancing engagement and reducing dropouts.
  3. Assess for and challenge the client’s assimilated beliefs related to the traumatic event with advanced CPT techniques.
  4. Evaluate the client’s progress at the mid-point of CPT treatment using evidence-based assessments.
  5. Implement advanced clinical strategies to help the client identify maladaptive coping skills or when there are special clinical circumstances.
  6. Integrate advanced therapeutic strategies to address client resistance, non-adherence, or lack of progress in CPT treatment.
  7. Develop CPT skills to apply to special client populations including complex trauma, personality disorders, extreme violence and anger.


  • The Social-Cognitive Model
  • Describing the biology of trauma to clients
  • Describing stuck points to clients
  • Getting client buy-in early in treatment
  • Facing common client objections in complex cases
  • Client & therapist barriers to buy-in
  • How to use hope as a key to better outcomes
  • Advanced integration of Motivational Interviewing with CPT
  • Moving from engagement to retention
  • The therapist’s commitment
  • Negotiating and sticking with the patient contract
  • Throws a curve ball
  • Wants to focus on a current stressor
  • Is facing addiction or using substances
  • Experiences dissociation, flashbacks, or other severe trauma reactions
  • Expresses violent tendencies or severe anger
  • Client or other providers question CPT’s effectiveness
  • Avoidance of therapeutic targets
  • Homework problems and not completing worksheets
  • Working with angry and resentful clients
  • Staff or provider “splitting”
  • Knowing when to end CPT treatment
  • “I cannot find an Assimilated Stuck Point”
  • “How do I know we’re working on the “right” trauma?”

Target Audience

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

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