Kate Chard


11:00AM – 1:00PM PT
Challenging the Exposure Approach to Trauma

204 - How Cognitive Processing Therapy Heals PTSD

How exactly do people become stuck in their trauma, and how can they recover? Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT) is a rapidly growing model that has uncovered key cognitive processes that, when addressed, can affect lasting healing from PTSD—without the need for exposure to traumatic memories. In fact, it’s one of the few effective trauma treatments that doesn’t rely on exposure. In this session, you’ll discover the key processes behind this approach, which has shown an incredible durability of results in head-to-head trials. During this session, you will explore: 

  • How CPT challenges common myths about PTSD and recovery 
  • Real case studies of CPT in action 
  • How to target a client’s stuck points using core CPT skills 
  • What research has revealed about CPT’s efficacy

Learning Objectives:

  1. Analyze the empirical evidence supporting the use of Cognitive Processing Therapy for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and related conditions.
  2. Appraise 2 case studies demonstrating the use of CPT for PTSD.
  3. Utilize 3 keys from CPT that help clients understand how to overcome “stuck points”. 

Co-developer of Cognitive Processing Therapy

Kathleen M. Chard, Ph.D., As the co-developer of Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT), Kate Chard is altering the field of trauma treatment. Director of the Trauma Recovery Center at the Cincinnati VA, she’s trained thousands of clinicians in the use of this revolutionary technique, which helps PTSD sufferers master skills to carefully and critically engage with and change upsetting thoughts. The author of CPT for Sexual Abuse Treatment Manual, and coauthor of Cognitive Processing for CPT, Chard is also the former editor of the Journal of Traumatic Stress and 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. Kathleen Chard receives a speaking honorarium, recording, and book royalties from 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.