Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT)

2-Day Provider Training:

An Evidenced-Based Treatment for PTSD

Interested in bringing Cognitive Processing Therapy into your practice?

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.


For those traveling from out of town, we recommend the following hotels nearby the training location.  Other hotels can also be found in the area to suit different needs/budgets.

Sheraton Rockville

Gaithersburg Marriott

Cambria Hotel Rockville


Date: Thurs & Fri, Sept 26 & 27, 2019

Time: Sign-In: 8:30am – Workshop: 9:00am-5:00pm

LocationMCEA Conference Center: 12 Taft Ct, Rockville, MD

Cost: $379 early registration through August 30

   $410 after August 30

  $355 Group Registration for groups of 3 or more

**Prices include a copy of the CPT published manual and lunch onsite both days!**

Presenter: Laura Copland – National Expert in Cognitive Processing Therapy!

CEU Credits: 14 NASW Approved CEUs – This program is Approved by the National Association of Social Workers (Approval # 886808162-4001) for 14 continuing education contact hours. See below for Credit Information


  • 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


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.



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CEU Credit Info


This program is Approved by the National Association of Social Workers (Approval # 886808162-4001) for 14 continuing education contact hours.

NASW credits are widely accepted for many mental health professionals across the US.  For more information about NASW credit acceptance please visit:

Attendees will also receive Maryland and DC Social Work Category I CEU Credits which are accepted for:

  • Maryland Licensed Professional Counselors
  • Maryland Social Workers
  • Maryland Psychologists
  • Maryland Substance Abuse Counselors
  • Maryland Marriage and Family Therapists
  • Maryland Residential Child Care Professionals
  • DC Social Workers
  • DC Licensed Professional Counselors
  • Virginia Social Workers
  • West Virginia Social Workers
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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.  For more information please visit our FAQ page.


  • 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. 

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