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Winter 2023 CPT Learning Community

Cognitive Processing Therapy Learning Community

Dates: Wednesday, February 1st & Thursday, February 2nd
Times: 9:00am CST to 5:00pm CST
Location: Zoom
Trainers: Katy Dondanville, PsyD, ABPP & Stefanie LoSavio, PhD, ABPP
Eligibility: Community-Based Veteran Serving Mental Health Clinicians

CPT is a 12-session cognitive behavioral treatment for PTSD that can be personalized to include fewer or additional sessions. CPT teaches patients to recognize and challenge dysfunctional cognitions about their traumatic experiences and current beliefs about themselves and others. Through CPT, patients learn about symptoms of PTSD and the connection between trauma-based thoughts and feelings. CPT clinicians engage patients to recognize and challenge unrealistic thoughts, referred to as “stuck points,” throughout the course of treatment.

Learning Community Components

  1. Clinician Application
  2. Pre-Workshop Learning Assignments
  3. Live Workshop on Foundational Elements of CPT via Zoom
  4. 6 Months of weekly Post-Workshop Group Clinical Consultation via Zoom
  5. 1 year access to Provider Portal which hosts Advanced Training Webinars, therapy demonstration videos, and implementation resources.
  6. Organizational Consultation and Support
  7. Continuing Education Credits
  8. Quality Improvement and Outcome Monitoring

Achieving Provider Status – After the successful conclusion of the workshop, participation in consultation, and review of cases providers may go on to achieve Provider Status. Provider status signifies the provider’s competency in adhering to the therapy from the learning community. Our other components of the learning community provide additional support on the providers journey through this process.

Thanks to the generosity of our sponsors, eligible providers will have a reduced cost of $350 per clinician.

Cancellation, Substitutions, and Refunds

Registration fees, minus a $50 service charge, will be refunded to participants who send a written cancellation via email to postmarked no less than 15 days before the training. No refunds will be made thereafter. A colleague may be substituted for no extra charge if STRONG STAR Training Initiative is notified at least two business days before the training. Alternative, you may choose to reschedule to a future Learning Community with no additional cost.

Continuing Education

The STRONG STAR Training Initiative offers attendees 13 Continuing Education (CE) Credits for participating in the 2-day training. Participants who attend are eligible to receive 13 CE Credits. To obtain CE Credits, attendees must sign in at the start of the course and sign out after its conclusion. Inquiries regarding CE may be directed via email to

Our continuing education credits have historically been recognized by most professional state licensing boards. However, this is not guaranteed. Please check with your licensing board for verification.

This program is Approved by the National Association of Social Workers (Approval # 886886336-3982) for 13 continuing education contact hours.

The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio is approved by the American Psychological Association (APA) to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

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Prior to applying for this Learning Community, you must complete the webinar on  PTSD Clinical Assessment and Ethical Engagement. You will be asked to upload your CE Certificate as a part of the application.

You may complete this webinar on-demand or attend a live webinar.

Visit our Webinar Page here to find the on-demand recording and live webinar schedule.

CPT Manual

Purchase of the Cognitive Processing Therapy Treatment Manual is a necessary supplement to the training. The CPT manual is available online at Guilford, Amazon, or other book sellers.

Authors: Patricia Resick, Candice Monson, and Kathleen Chard

ISBN-13: 978-1462528646

ISBN-10: 1462528643

Recommended Resource

Flexible Applications of Cognitive Processing Therapy: Evidence-Based Treatment Methods 1st Edition

Authors: Tara Galovski PhD, Reginald D.V. Nixon BA M.Psych PhD, Debra Kaysen MA PhD

ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 0128167157

ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0128167151

Pre-Workshop Assignments

After you are accepted to the Learning Community, you will be asked to complete the following assignments before the workshop:

  1. Read Chapter 1-5 of the CPT Manual
  2. Listen to This American Life CPT Story “Ten Sessions”

    This is amazing story featuring a journalist going through CPT with Dr. Debra Kaysen for a sexual assault that happened during her childhood.  The 60-minute story includes clips from the therapy and a chronical of her experience of therapy. The journalist chronicles her recovery from PTSD.  

  3. Complete Training on Military Culture
    Psycharmor has excellent trainings in various aspects of military culture. We encourage you to take several courses to increase your competency. Most trainings are between 10-60 minutes.
  4. Read the article, “Clinician Concerns About Cognitive Processing Therapy: A Review of the Evidence” found here.

Cognitive Processing Therapy Workshop

Please note Agenda “Time” based on Central Standard Timezone

Day 1: Efficacy, Overview, andSessions 1-3
9:00 am – 9:15 am Welcome and Opening Remarks


9:15 am – 10:15 am

Barriers to Learning Cognitive Processing Therapy
Research on Cognitive Processing Therapy
10:15 am – 10:30 am Break
10:30 am – 11:15 pm CPT Theoretical Underpinnings
11:15 pm – 12:00 pm Cognitive Processing Therapy Sessions
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm Lunch
1:00 pm – 1:30 pm CPT Session 1: Intro to CPT
1:30 pm – 2:00 pm ROLE PLAY
2:00 pm – 3:00 pm CPT Session 2: Impact Statement
3:00 pm – 3:15 pm Break
3:15 pm – 4:45 pm CPT Session 3: ABC Worksheets / Socratic Dialogue
4:45 pm – 5:00 pm Wrap-up and Q&A


9:00 am – 10:15 am Overnight Reflections
CPT Session 4: Challenging Assimilation
Responsibility and Blame
10:15 am – 10:30 am Break
10:30 am – 11:00 am CPT Session 5: Challenging Questions
11:00 am – 12:00 pm ROLE PLAY CPT
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm Lunch


1:00 pm –2:00 pm

Session 6: Patterns of Problematic Thinking & CPT Session 7 Challenging Beliefs Worksheet
2:00 pm –3:00 pm CPT Session 8: Safety, CPT Session 9: Trust, CPT Session 10:Control
3:00 pm – 3:15 pm Break
3:15 pm – 4:30 pm CPT Session 11: Esteem & CPT Session 12: Intimacy
4:30 pm – 5:00 pm Wrap-up and Q&A
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