Cognitive Processing Therapy: Evidence-Based Treatment for PTSD Workshop held on May 18 and 19

Posted: April 06, 2018

Cognitive Processing Therapy: Evidence-Based Treatment for PTSD 

Presented by: Wendy Bassett, MSW, LCSW-R 

May 18 and 19, 2018 • Bonnie Castle • Alexandria Bay, NY

About 10% of North Americans are diagnosed with PTSD in their lifetime, and most will have comorbid conditions (e.g., depression, substance use, dissociation). Fortunately, several highly effective psychotherapies exist for treating these conditions, which are recommended first-line treatments in current treatment guidelines. Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT) is one such treatment. There are 4 primary stages to CPT: 1) Psycho education about PTSD from a cognitive perspective; 2) cognitive behavioral self-monitoring; 3) cognitive interventions specific to trauma appraisals; and 4) cognitive interventions aimed at overgeneralized beliefs emanating from trauma. The two-day workshop is appropriate for healthcare practitioners and trainees in psychology, social work, nursing, counseling, medicine and related fields. Participants will learn: • The theory underlying CPT to inform individual case conceptualization • The evidence base that supports the use of CPT in treating PTSD and its common comorbidities • Recommended assessment strategies to determine clients appropriate for CPT • The session-by-session CPT protocol • Common challenges to implementing CPT (e.g., client adherence, managing comorbidities) and strategies for overcoming them Continuing education credit is co-sponsored by River Hospital and The Institute for Continuing Education. The program offers 13.00 contact hours (6.50 hrs. per day), with full attendance required. Partial credit is not offered. There is no processing fee for continuing education credit. CE application forms will be available on site. CE verification is mailed to attendees following the event. More details can be found at

Gwendolyn (Wendy) Bassett, MSW, LCSW-R, is a psychotherapist with a private practice in New York City. She specializes in working with men and women who seek recovery from the aftereffects of trauma. Wendy’s expertise is posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and brief, evidence-based cognitive behavioral therapies for PTSD with individuals, groups, and couples. In addition to her clinical work, Wendy is a Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT) for PTSD trainer and consultant. For more than a decade, she worked with veterans with PTSD at VA Connecticut Healthcare System in West Haven, CT, and she was a VA New England Regional CPT Trainer and Consultant. A graduate of Smith College School for Social Work, she is an Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, Yale School of Medicine, and an Adjunct Lecturer at NYU Silver School for Social Work.

All participants will receive (via email) on-line links after registration where they can download a pdf version of the military/veteran version of the CPT manual (available in the public domain and relevant to a range of traumas). Participants are encouraged to read the manual prior to attending the workshop to maximize their learning experience.

Questions can be directed to Amanda Fisher at