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Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT)

Event number: 19189
4 CPD hours
Study Group Network
Presenter(s): Mr Michael Burge OAM FAPS MCCOUNP

Cognitive-processing therapy (CPT), is a form of cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), to treat rape victims and veterans with PTSD and a range of related conditions and populations. This treatment includes an exposure component but places greater emphasis on cognitive strategies to help people alter erroneous thinking that has emerged because of the traumatic event. Practitioners may work with clients on false beliefs that the world is no longer safe. There will be an overview of the CPT sessions by reference to several case examples that demonstrate the methodology and skills required to conduct the CPT protocols; for instance, the stage specific use of impact statements, cognitive restructuring and work sheets. The core elements of the CPT protocol sessions highlight the efficacy of writing accounts of the traumata in order to break the pattern of avoidance and increase the process of dissipating strong emotions. The primary goal is to gently challenge clients thinking in order to reduce self-blame and guilt while increasing acceptance and personal power.

Level entry recommended:CBT fundamentals.

Learning Outcomes:

(1) to draw on knowledge of the principles underlying Cognitive Processing Therapy.

(2) to work with clients who find it difficult to disclose the full extent of their experiences as a consequence of guilt and shame

(3) to discuss with the clients the ways in which therapeutic impasse may involve schema issues of Assimilation and Over- accommodation.

(4) to offer a cognitive formulation in order to help the client to start to understand the development and maintenance of their symptoms.

About the presenter(s)

Michael Burge is Director of the Australian College of Trauma Treatment, recent former Director on the Board of Directors of the Australian Psychological Society, and has had over 30 years’ experience in psychology, counselling, education and training. He has been working clinically in the area of PTSD for approximately 26 years. Michael has published both nationally and internationally in the field of PTSD, with a particular focus on psychosocial issues affecting Vietnam veterans and their families. Michael was Keynote Speaker at the 2015 ANZMHA International Conference. In the early 1990s, Michael introduced PTSD skills based short courses and workshops into Australia and as guest lecturer to most Melbourne universities. In the 2010 Australia Day Honours, Michael was awarded the Order of Australia Medal for service to psychology and to the community through the development of training and treatment protocols for trauma. He is former state president of the EMDR association and former chair of the Victorian Branch of the Australian Psychological Society.


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Conference Room 2137, The University of Melbourne, Hawthorn Campus
442 Auburn Rd
Hawthorn, VIC 3122
Venue is wheelchair accessible
Start date: 17/3/2018
End date: 17/3/2018
Time: 12.30pm - 4.30pm


APS member: $110
APS student member: $110
Non APS member: $220


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