Flexible Applications of Cognitive Processing Therapy

Flexible Applications of Cognitive Processing Therapy

Evidence-Based Treatment Methods

1st Edition - April 3, 2020

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  • Authors: Tara Galovski, Reginald Nixon, Debra Kaysen
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128168851
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128167151

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Flexible Applications of Cognitive Processing Therapy: Evidence-Based Treatment Methods provides a detailed roadmap on how to apply therapy to a wide-range of complex patients. Starting with an exploration of the development of CPT, the book then segues into a practical discussion on flexible adaptations of therapy. Dissemination and implementation of CPT is covered next, and the book concludes with directions for future research. It provides clinical guidance on treating PTSD with patients who express high levels of anger, shame, guilt, and other forms of emotionality, while also providing insight on research on the effectiveness of CPT on other comorbid disorders. The book also reviews the outcomes of clinical trials of CPT inside and outside the United States, including examining modifications and outcomes in a diverse array of patient populations.

Key Features

  • Traces the history and development of cognitive processing therapy (CPT)
  • Outlines empirically-supported modifications to CPT
  • Looks at international applications of CPT in diverse patient populations
  • Discusses common challenges to therapy outcome and how to overcome them


Clinical psychologists; mental health nurses; mental health counsellors; clinical psychology students; clinical psychology and mental health researchers

Table of Contents

  • Foreword


    Part I - Cognitive Processing Therapy: Supporting Evidence

    1.  The Face of PTSD

    2.  Ancestral Roots: The Origins of CPT

    3.  Treatment Development: The Early Years

    4.  Emerging as an Effective Therapy: CPT is Put to the Test

    Part II - Flexible Administrations of the CPT Manual

    5.  Challenges to Optimal Therapy Outcomes

    6.  Therapy is Hard: Improving Patient Engagement

    7.  Navigating Rough Waters: Managing Common Challenges Across the Four Cornerstones of CPT

    8.  Complex Trauma Histories

    9.  Managing Emotional Dysregulation

    10. Addressing Comorbid Disorders and Conditions

    Part III - Dissemination and Implementation of CPT

    11. Applications of CPT in Diverse Populations and Across Cultures

    12. Administering CPT Across Health Care Systems and Clinical Settings

    13. Future Frontiers


Product details

  • No. of pages: 282
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 2020
  • Published: April 3, 2020
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128168851
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128167151

About the Authors

Tara Galovski

Director of the Women’s Health Sciences Division of the National Center for PTSD and Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at Boston University School of Medicine, Dr. Galovski’s research explores the effects of exposure to traumatic events and looks to continue the development of psychological interventions designed to treat PTSD and comorbid psychiatric disorders. She has conducted clinical trials funded by the National Institutes of Health, Department of Defense, Veterans Health Administration, and Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration within a variety of populations exposed to different types of trauma including combat, sexual trauma, domestic violence, community violence, and motor vehicle accidents. She also co-created and developed WoVeN, a national social support network for women Veterans. She currently is an Associate Editor on the Journal of Traumatic Stress. She is a national trainer of CPT and has disseminated the intervention across numerous patient populations and healthcare systems.

Affiliations and Expertise

Director, Women's Health Sciences Division, National Center for PTSD, VA Boston Healthcare System, US Department of Veteran's Affairs; Director, Women Veterans Network (WoVeN); Associate Professor of Psychiatry, Boston University School of Medicine, Boston, MA, USA

Reginald Nixon

Professor of Psychology, Flinders University. A clinical psychologists and researcher, Dr. Nixon has been involved in the treatment and research of trauma for almost 20 years. He was the first Australian to be accredited as a CPT trainer. In recent years he has contributed to the dissemination of evidence-based PTSD therapies for clinicians, including dissemination of CPT in routine community mental health agencies. He has been funded by national research bodies including the Australian Research Council, National Health and Medical Research Council and has received several research awards including those from the Australian Institute of Policy Science and the Australian Association for Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. He is currently an Associate Editor for the British Journal of Clinical Psychology, and past Associate Editor of Behavior Therapy.

Affiliations and Expertise

Professor, College of Education, Psychology and Social Work, Flinders University, Adelaide, South Australia, Australia

Debra Kaysen

Dr. Kaysen, PhD, is a clinical psychologist and a Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University. Her research is situated at the interface of PTSD and addictions, and includes both etiological and prevention/treatment-oriented studies. Dr. Kaysen has also published extensively on adaptation of therapy to meet the needs of diverse and underserved communities. She has been funded by the National Institutes of Health, Department of Defense, and USAID. She is board certified in cognitive and behavioral psychology by the American Board of Professional Psychology and is a Fellow of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapy. She is an Associate Editor for the journal Addiction. Dr Kaysen has served as a member of the Board of Directors for the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies and is the current President of the organization.

Affiliations and Expertise

Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Stanford University, School of Medicine, Palo Alto, CA, USA

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