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Implementing Cognitive Processing Therapy for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder With Active Duty U.S. Military Personnel: Special Considerations and Case Examples

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About the Course

DoD/VA Clinical Practice Guidelines (CPGs) identify Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT) as one of two first-line treatment modalities for Veterans diagnosed with PTSD. Utilizing illustrative case examples, this article examines treatment considerations which may be pertinent when treating Veterans and active duty personnel. Such treatment considerations include mental health stigma, factors associated with specific occupational specialties, and duty obligations. This article explores these considerations within the context of the CPT protocol to help improve treatment effectiveness.

This course is based on the reading-based online article, Implementing Cognitive Processing Therapy for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder With Active Duty U.S. Military Personnel: Special Considerations and Case Examples created by Jennifer Wachen, PhD, Katherine Dondanville, PsyD, and Kristi Pruiksma, PhD in 2016.

Publication Date:

Cognitive and Behavioral Practice, 23 2016

Course Material Authors

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Jennifer Wachen, PhD

Dr. Wachen is an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at Boston University School of Medicine. Her research interest include: Evaluation of treatment interventions (e.g., Cognitive Processing Therapy) for PTSD and comorbid conditions in active duty military, risk and resilience factors for PTSD and posttraumatic growth, the relationship between trauma and physical health and effects of trauma and PTSD on psychosocial functioning. She has published multiple journal articles.

Katherine Dondanville, PsyD

Katherine Dondanville, Psy.D., ABPP, is an Associate Professor and a Licensed Clinical Psychologist within the Division of Behavioral Medicine and the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. Dr. Dondanville is the Director of Research for the Fort Hood Site of the STRONG STAR Consortium and the Consortium to Alleviate Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) (CAP). The STRONG STAR Consortium at Fort Hood is the largest center for clinical trials in the Department of Defense (DoD) targeting PTSD and related conditions. Dr. Dondanville is a Trainer and Consultant in Cognitive Processing Therapy for PTSD. She has trained hundreds of mental health providers in Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT). She has published several articles and a book chapter.

Kristi Pruiksma, PhD

Dr. Pruiksma is an Associate Professor and licensed clinical psychologist in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. Her work focuses on sleep disorders and posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and she has expertise in Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT) for PTSD and cognitive behavior therapy for insomnia and for nightmares. She has served as an investigator, research therapist, and supervisor for the STRONG STAR Research Consortium and the Consortium to Alleviate PTSD ( Dr. Pruiksma has authored or co-authored over 30 peer-reviewed publications and book chapters related to these fields.

Course Creator

Keith Gibson, Ph.D.
Dr. Gibson is a Clinical Psychologist with over 30 years in research, clinical and consulting practice. He has also held leadership roles in research administration and program evaluation and more recently has specialized in program evaluation and system analysis. He draws upon his years of expertise as a practicing psychologist, administrator, researcher and technologist to help universities evaluate their programs to implement, meet, and maintain CACREP standards.

Recommended For:

This course is recommended for any clinician working with active duty military personnel or their families. It is appropriate for intermediate level clinicians and the content is at an intermediate level.

Course Objectives:

After taking this course, you should be able to:

  1. Describe the CPT treatment protocol.
  2. Identify treatment considerations that may be pertinent to PTSD treatment for active duty military members.
  3. Discuss common themes salient to conducting CPT with military personnel.
  4. Describe moral injury and identify its treatment implications.

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