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Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT) for Groups: Your Guide to Using The Most Effective Evidence-Based Treatments for PTSD in Group Sessions

Kathleen M. Chard, PhD
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NOTE: This workshop assumes prior knowledge of CPT. Completion of the CPT 2-Day Intensive is a pre-requisite.  

For the first time ever, this is your chance to join the co-developer of CPT to learn CPT for Groups online! No recordings will be made so you must attend live. Seats are VERY limited and we fully expect it to sell out. 

Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT) is an evidenced-based treatment for PTSD supported by all clinical practice guidelines. And research has shown that using CPT in groups is effective, giving clinicians the flexibility to help more clients at one time! 

Join CPT co-developer Dr. Kathleen Chard for this 1-day intensive training! You’ll learn how to do CPT for PTSD in various group structures to fit your clinical setting, as well as learn the unique strategies for managing difficulties that sometimes arise in the context of group therapy.  

You’ll get the knowledge and skills you need to implement group Cognitive Processing Therapy; with a specific focus and guidance on outpatient and residential treatment program design, including recruitment, session formatting, retention, complementary treatments, and administrative processes involved when incorporating CPT into the milieu.  

Best of all, you’ll have the opportunity to train directly with Dr. Chard, one of the leading experts in the trauma field today! 

Don’t miss out on this unique opportunity to add a valuable dimension to your treatment toolbox! 

Sign up today!

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


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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 webinar 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 Cognitive Processing Therapy effectively in a group setting. 
  2. Analyze the session structure for a 12-session group CPT therapy cohort.
  3. Utilize evidence-based pre-screening for admitting clients into groups.
  4. Determine which CPT group structures are most effective for their clinical setting.
  5. Apply effective strategies for managing difficult behaviors in CPT groups.
  6. Employ evidence-based after-care strategies post-group.


Overview of Group Models  

  • Differences between group and individual CPT 
  • Ways of conducting group CPT  
    • Logistical issues of group treatment 
    • Timing and format of group therapy  
  • Therapist’s role in group treatment 
  • Pre-screening for group members 
  • Research and treatment limitations 

Group CPT Challenges and Solutions 

  • Solutions for non-compliance and assignment non-completion 
  • Motivating patients 
  • Managing individual personalities and group conflict 
  • Managing affect in group 
  • Handling dominant patients and shy patients in group 

Group CPT: Session-by-Session 

Session 1-3: Introduction and Education Phase, The Meaning of the Event, and Identification of Thoughts and Feelings 

  • Organizing the groups  
  • How to use the A-B-C sheets in group
  • Assigning the trauma account in the group  
  • Overcoming fear of writing the account 
  • Group exercises to determine stuck points 

Session 4-5: Remembering the Traumatic Event Session and Second Trauma Account

  • Reviewing the account in group  
  • Optional individual sessions 
  • Soda bottle analogy of emotions 
  • Socratic questioning examples 
  • Addressing group avoidance  
  • Managing irritation and strong emotions toward group leader 

Session 6-7: Using Challenging Questions in Group  

  • How to use challenging questions to confront stuck points 
  • Addressing overaccommodation 
  • Patterns of problematic thinking worksheet 
  • Introduce challenging beliefs worksheet 
  • Bridging questions to challenge group member thoughts 

Session 8-9:  Safety and Trust  

  • Using probability estimates to confront problematic cognitions 
  • Introducing trust and the Trust Module 
  • Group discussion 
  • Practice assignments 

Session 10: Power and Control

  • Helping patients gain a balanced view 
  • Addressing control and anger issues 
  • New assignments to give and receive compliments and pleasant event scheduling  

Session 11: Esteem  

  • Addressing group termination  
  • Follow-up care concerns  

Session 12 and After Care Groups  

  • Intimacy  
  • Final Impact Statements in group  

Special Population Issues  

Target Audience

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

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