Sept 26 & 27 – CPT Provider Workshop


Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT)

2-Day Provider Training:

An Evidenced-Based Treatment for PTSD


Workshop Information


Date:  Thursday and Friday, Sept 26 & 27, 2019
: 8:00am – Workshop: 8:30am-5:00pm
Location: MCEA Conference Center: 12 Taft Ct, Rockville, MD
Presenter:  Laura Copland – National Expert in Cognitive Processing Therapy!
CEU Credits: 14 Maryland and DC Social Work Category 1 CEUs **
Cost:                $379 early registration through August 31
                           $410 after August 31
**$355 Early Group Registration through August 31  for Groups of 3 or more – no other discounts accepted for this workshop!**

Price Includes:

  • 14 Maryland Social Work Category I CEU Credits (DC Social Work CEU Credits Pending)
  • 2016 Published CPT Provider Manual ($35 value!)
  • Lunch provided onsite both days

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Course Highlights

  • This workshop is being presented with special permission from the Center for Deployment Psychology and the National Center for PTSD (VA NCPTSD).

  • This training is typically only available directly through the Veterans Administration or the Department of Defense.

  • Attendees will leave with the ability to immediately conduct Cognitive Processing Therapy with clients suffering from PTSD.

  • Become competent in utilizing an effective short term evidenced-based treatment model to relieve your client’s symptoms in 12 sessions.

  • Receive the published 2016 comprehensive and updated CPT manual with step by step guidance on how to implement each session with your client.

  • Learn from a National Expert in Cognitive Processing Therapy

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What is Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT)?

CPT is a highly effective short term evidenced based treatment for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Rooted in cognitive-behavioral therapy, CPT was developed in the late 1980s and has been shown to be effective in reducing PTSD symptoms related to a variety of traumatic events including child abuse, combat, rape and natural disasters. CPT is endorsed by the U.S. Departments of Veterans Affairs, the Department of Defense, as well as the International Society of Traumatic Stress Studies, as a best practice for the treatment of PTSD.

Why should I attend this 2-day Cognitive Processing Therapy Workshop?

• Enhance your clinical toolbox with a structured treatment approach for PTSD that works!

• With the increase in recent traumatic events across the country as well many veterans seeking treatment outside of the VA, mental health professionals will likely be confronted with clients presenting with PTSD. This workshop will give you the skills you need to treat those clients effectively.

• Receive training directly from a highly sought after national expert in CPT

• Learn how to help alleviate your client’s PTSD symptoms in as little as 12 sessions

• Receive specialized training that is rarely available to the general public

• Enhance your marketability as an expert in the treatment of PTSD

• Learn how to provide relief to client’s suffering from debilitating PTSD symptoms in a short period of time

• Leave this workshop with take-away evidence-based, best-practice clinical interventions and techniques for the treatment of PTSD.

What are the benefits of Cognitive Processing Therapy?

Clients who participate in cognitive processing therapy with a skilled CPT provider often experience the following benefits:

• Significant decrease in the amount of distress caused by memories of the trauma

• Decrease in avoidance behavior related to aspects of the trauma.

• The ability to feel a wide range of emotions more fully

• Increase in healthy coping behaviors

• Greater sense of control and mastery over one’s life

• Improvements in self-esteem

• Reduction of negative emotions, such as sadness, irritability, anger, guilt or shame, depression, and anxiety

• Improvement in overall functioning and ability to enjoy life again

• Reduction in feelings of edginess and tension / greater sense of calm

Who should attend this training?

Social Workers, licensed professional counselors, psychologists, addictions professionals, and other clinicians/mental health professionals working with clients suffering from symptoms of PTSD. This training is especially beneficial to Mental Health Professionals working with clients suffering with PTSD related to Military service.

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Presenter Bio

Laura Copland has been a Senior Military Behavioral Health Clinician for the past 9 years at the Center for Deployment Psychology (CDP) and the Uniformed Services University for the Health Sciences in Bethesda, MD.  She is a National CPT Trainer and has delivered trainings for 8 years to both active duty and civilian clinicians.  In addition, Laura has been a Study Coordinator for over 2 years for the CPT Sustainability Study, being conducted by Ryerson University, Toronto and Stanford University, California.  Ms. Copland received her Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology degree from Antioch University in 1989 and has more than 25 years of clinical experience working with military veterans and other survivors of trauma and acute post-traumatic stress issues. Prior to joining the CDP staff in 2010, she was the State of Maryland Director of Behavioral Health Disaster Services and designed, implemented and directed state programs to assist active duty service members, veterans and their families, including the Maryland National Guard Outreach and Maryland’s Commitment to Veterans. Ms. Copland was a Senior Adjunct Professor for 5 years in the Antioch University graduate psychology department.

Ms. Copland was awarded the Meritorious Civilian Service Medal for her work in designing and implementing the Maryland Reintegration/Yellow Ribbon program for all returning Maryland service members and their families.

She recently moved to North Carolina and in her spare time is pursuing her passion for horses, volunteering at a therapeutic riding center and assisting them in a startup of equine therapy for military veterans.


Workshop Description

Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT) is listed in the SAMHSA National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices. It is a cognitive-behavioral therapy for PTSD and related conditions developed by Drs. Patricia Resick, Candice Monson and Kathleen Chard. CPT typically consists of 12, 50-minute therapy sessions and has been shown to be effective in treating PTSD across a variety of populations from older adolescents to adults, including combat veterans, sexual assault victims, and refugees.

The purpose of this training is to teach participants to conduct the cognitive processing therapy (CPT) protocols for posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). PTSD is a very heterogeneous disorder with high rates of comorbidity. The workshop begins with a description of DSM-5 symptoms followed by a functional description of why some people do not recover from trauma and why comorbid symptoms develop along with their PTSD. Cognitive and biological theories will be introduced to describe why cognitive therapy reduces PTSD symptoms.

Following a review of research on CPT, the participants will learn to conduct the 12-session therapy, session by session along with a variable-length version of the protocol. CPT is a very systematic approach to treating PTSD in which participants learn to think about their traumatic events differently and learn the skill of more balanced thinking generally. This two-day training includes many videotaped examples of the therapy as well as opportunities to practice skills and work with the worksheets that are part of the therapy. Content level is intermediate.


Workshop Objectives

  • Describe the research behind CPT.
  • Explain the cognitive and biological theories for why cognitive therapy reduces PTSD symptoms.
  • Describe a functional model of PTSD.
  • Demonstrate the difference between assimilation, accommodation and over-accommodation.
  • Identify the stuck points of clients with PTSD.
  • Demonstrate Socratic dialogue to challenge stuck points.
  • Use CPT to conduct the 12-session therapy, session by session along with a variable-length version of the protocol.


Workshop Agendas


Day 1 Agenda
CPT Sept 2016 Day 1 Agenda V3


Day 2 Agenda

CPT Sept 2016 Day 2 Agenda V3

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** Maryland CEU Institute/Optimal Life Solutions, LLC is an approved sponsor of the Maryland Board of Social Work Examiners (under the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene) for continuing education credits (Category 1 CEUs). Our workshops are also approved for credit through the DC Board of Social Work.  Acceptance of these credits are granted for all trainings by The Maryland Board of Examiners of Psychologists and Maryland Board of Examiners of Professional Counselors through the MD Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.  These credits are also accepted by The Virginia Board of Social Work, the West Virginia Board of Social Work Examiners as well and other state boards.  Our CEU Credit Page provides detailed information about Social Work credit acceptance for the above mental health professionals.  For those individuals licensed in other states or other licensing boards, we suggest that you contact your licensing board to verify that they accept Maryland Social Work Category I Credits or DC Social Work Credits. **