Empirically Supported Psychological Treatments: Cognitive Processing Therapy


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© 2012 by Oxford University Press, Inc. All rights reserved. Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT) has been recognized by the Institute of Medicine (2007) as one of the most effective treatments for PTSD. This chapter provides a brief overview of the CPT session content, the underlying mechanisms of the therapy, a review of the empirically based literature outlining the treatment effectiveness, limitations of the therapy, and areas of future research. In addition, the authors discuss the utility of the various versions of CPT, including cognitive only (CPT-C), group, individual, and combination. Further the research supporting the effectiveness of CPT for treating PTSD related to a variety of traumas, (e.g., combat, child abuse, and rape) and the significant impact CPT can have in areas of mental health related to PTSD (e.g., anger, guilt, social functioning) are described.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Chard, KM; Schuster, JL; Resick, PA

Published Date

  • November 21, 2012

Book Title

  • The Oxford Handbook of Traumatic Stress Disorders

International Standard Book Number 10 (ISBN-10)

  • 0195399064

International Standard Book Number 13 (ISBN-13)

  • 9780195399066

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1093/oxfordhb/9780195399066.013.0030

Citation Source

  • Scopus