Student CPT Workshop

Training Overview

Cognitive Processing Therapy (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

This CPT workshop is for graduate students, interns, residents, and postdocs in mental-health related fields (e.g., psychology, social work, counseling). Through this student workshop you will have access to optional pre-workshop learning, and our online Provider Portal which hosts implementation resources. This specific workshop will not include clinical consultation, but we encourage you to seek out supervision opportunities within your own organization. Please contact us through for any additional information.

Workshop Details

Dates: Wednesday, August 21st & Thursday, August 22nd, 2024

Time: 9:00am CST to 5:00pm CST

Location: Zoom

Trainers: Katy Dondanville, PsyD, ABPP and Stefanie LoSavio, PhD, ABPP

Eligibility: Students, interns, residents, fellows, and other trainees practicing trauma-focused therapy.

Registration Fee: $50 per attendee.

Cancellation, Substitutions, and Refunds

Requests for cancellations/refunds must take place within 90 days of payment. Refunds will be made minus a $50 service charge to account for processing and administration. The requestshould be sent via email to No refunds will be made thereafter.

*For Learning Communities – A participant may also choose to reschedule to a future Learning Community with no additional cost OR a colleague who is also eligible may be substituted for no extra charge if STRONG STAR Training Initiative is notified at least two weeks before the training and the colleague completes the pre-requisites.

*For Trainings or Workshops that do not have pre-requisites – a colleague may be substituted for no extra charge if STRONG STAR Training Initiative is notified at least two business days before the training.

Student Cognitive Processing Therapy 2-Day Workshop Agenda

Please note Agenda time is based on Central Standard Time Zone
Day 1: Efficacy, Overview, and Sessions 1-3
9:00 am – 9:15 am Welcome and Opening Remarks
Barriers to Learning Cognitive Processing Therapy
9:15 am – 10:15 am 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
Day 2: Sessions 4-12
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

Official CPT Treatment Manual   

Purchase of the new Second Edition CPT manual is a necessary supplement to the training.   

You can purchase your copy here: Cognitive Processing Therapy Treatment Manual (Second Edition)  

Authors: Patricia Resick, Candice Monson, and Kathleen Chard

ISBN-10: 146255427X   ISBN-13: 978-1462554270 

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Additional 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

  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.
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