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March 17 to April 21, 2023
12:00pm to 3:00pm
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Participants must attend all 6 sessions to obtain a certificate. March 17th, March 24th, March 31st, April 7th, April 14th, April 21st

Essentials of Cognitive Behavior Therapy: The Beck Approach

Cognitive Processing for Trauma (CPT)

Therapist need to attend all six sessions for this training.


Dr. Holloway

  Session 1: Friday, March 17 - 12pm to 3pm CST (1pm - 4pm ET)

   Session 2: Friday, March 24 - 12pm to 3pm CST (1pm - 4pm ET)

     Session 3: Friday, March 31 - 12pm to 3pm CST (1pm - 4pm ET)   

Session 4: Friday, April 7 - 12pm to 3pm CST (1pm - 4pm ET)

 Session 5: Friday, April 14 - 12pm to 3pm CST (1pm - 4pm ET)

Session 6: Friday, April 21 - 12pm to 3pm CST (1pm - 4pm ET)

Materials and the Zoom link provided approximately 1 week prior to the start of the workshop.

Who Should Attend:  Licensed/Provisional Therapist

Training Objectives:

Session 1 and 2

The purpose of this training is twofold: (1) to review the fundamental principles of cognitive behavior therapy; and (2) to summarize the application of cognitive behavior therapy to the treatment of depression.

At the end of the workshop, participants will better:

  1. Define the cognitive model
  2. Describe how to conceptualize clients based on the cognitive behavioral model
  3. Use a cognitive behavioral conceptualization to plan treatment and structure sessions
  4. Identify key cognitive behavioral therapy interventions
  5. Use techniques to engage the client, develop and maintain the therapeutic alliance, and set goals
  6. Use techniques to elicit and evaluate automatic thoughts 
  7. Describe strategies to modify core beliefs  

This 12-hour experiential virtually delivered workshop will provide an overview of evidence-based cognitive behavioral strategies that can be utilized for the treatment of patients with depression. Participants will be introduced to the fundamental theory, structure, and techniques of cognitive behavior therapy. First, participants will learn about basic cognitive behavioral terminology (e.g., automatic thoughts, core beliefs) and strategies for structuring sessions – including setting a collaborative agenda, prioritizing items on the session agenda, assigning action plan(s), measuring progress, and eliciting feedback. Second, participants will become familiar with the public health significance of depression and Aaron Beck’s cognitive model for depression as a framework for conceptualizing and treating their patients. Third, participants will gain exposure to essential cognitive behavioral strategies of Socratic questioning, guided discovery, cognitive restructuring, behavioral activation, and problem-solving through illustrative examples. Monitoring progress over the course of therapy and strategies for teaching relapse prevention to patients will be highlighted. Additionally, opportunities to learn about helpful online tools and resources will be provided. Attendees will practice learned strategies within a group setting and questions about expected implementation challenges will be addressed.

Session 3-4 and 5-6

The purpose of this training is to enhance the knowledge and skills of mental health professionals in delivery of effective cognitive behavior therapy for patients diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

At the end of the workshop, participants will better:

  1. Differentiate between DSM-IV, DSM-5, and DSM-5-TR diagnostic criteria for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  2. Demonstrate knowledge of the public health significance of PTSD
  3. List common reactions to traumatic life events
  4. Apply the cognitive behavioral model to conceptualize patients diagnosed with PTSD
  5. Describe the theoretical rationale and treatment components of one evidence-based cognitive behavioral programs for PTSD: Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT)
  6. Explain the function of avoidance and distorted cognitions in the maintenance of trauma symptoms
  7. Differentiate between natural versus manufactured emotions that arise in response to trauma
  8. Utilize web-based empirically-informed resources to deliver cognitive behavior therapy for PTSD
  9. Identify therapist maladaptive cognitions activated by patients experiencing trauma-related symptoms
  10. Describe how to minimize therapist burnout and/or vicarious traumatization

Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is a mental disorder that may occur among individuals with “[e]xposure to an actual or threatened death, serious injury, or sexual violence.”  According to the DSM-5, the symptoms of PTSD, associated with exposure to one or more traumatic event(s), fall within the following categories: (1) intrusion; (2) persistent avoidance; (3) negative alterations in cognitions and mood; and (4) marked alterations in arousal and reactivity. The symptomatology must be present for more than 1 month, cause clinically significant distress or impairment, and not be attributable to the physiological effects of a substance or a medical condition.  The lifetime prevalence for PTSD among United States (U.S.) civilians has been estimated to range from 6.8% (Kessler et al., 2008) to 9% (Breslau et al., 1991). Among U.S. Veterans with in-theater experience, the lifetime prevalence for PTSD has been estimated to range from 27% for women to 31% for men (Kulka et al., 1990; Schlenger et al., 1992).

This two-day experiential workshop will first provide an overview of diagnostic criteria for PTSD, changes from DSM-IV to DSM 5 to DSM-5-TR, and highlight strategies for assessing symptomatology. Overview of one evidence-based cognitive behavioral program that can be utilized for the treatment of individuals diagnosed with PTSD will be presented. More specifically, coverage on Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT) will be provided which is an intervention for trauma developed by Dr. Patricia Resick, Director of Women’s Health Sciences Division, National Center for PTSD, VA Boston Healthcare System. The first efficacy study of CPT was published in 1992 by Resick and Schnicke. The CPT program consists of 12 weekly psychotherapy sessions, generally lasting 45-60 minutes each. Opportunities to practice learned strategies within a group setting will be offered along with video demonstrations. Questions about expected implementation challenges will be addressed. Finally, participants will be reminded about self-care strategies to prevent professional burnout and/or vicarious traumatization while treating this challenging patient population.

About the Speaker:  Dr. Holloway is a tenured Professor of Medical and Clinical Psychology and Psychiatry at Uniformed Services University in Maryland, a Diplomate of the Academy of Cognitive Therapy, and an Adjunct Faculty speaker and consultant at the Beck Institute for Cognitive Behavior Therapy in Philadelphia. Dr. Holloway received a B.S. in Biology and a B.A. in Psychology with a minor in English Literature in 1994 from the University of California, Irvine. She received a M.A. in Pre-Clinical Psychology in 1997 from Chapman University and a Ph.D. in 2003 in Clinical Psychology from Fairleigh Dickinson University. Dr. Holloway completed her postdoctoral training in 2005 at the Center for the Treatment and Prevention of Suicide and the Center for Cognitive Therapy at the University of Pennsylvania under the mentorship of Dr. Aaron T. Beck. As a licensed Psychologist, from 2003 to 2018, Dr. Holloway maintained a private clinical practice where she delivered cognitive behavioral interventions to adults, families, and couples. Since 2006, Dr. Holloway has served as the Founder and Director for the Suicide Care, Prevention and Research Initiative (Suicide CPR Initiative) at the Uniformed Services University. The mission of the Suicide CPR Initiative is threefold: (1) to develop innovative interventions to care for individuals during or after a suicidal crisis; (2) to create and disseminate suicide prevention programs to educate diverse audiences; and (3) to advance suicide prevention, intervention, and postvention research. Dr. Holloway has expertise in psychotherapy research, cognitive behavior therapy, military mental health, and suicide prevention. 

Cancellation Policy

It is our goal to provide trainings as scheduled. If a training is cancelled for any reason the region will attempt to email registered participants as well as post the change on the trainings page of the region website.

The region is committed to providing quality training experiences. When a registered participant does not attend it often prevents another participant from having the opportunity. Please call us at 712-328- 5645 by 12:00 pm the day prior to the training if needed to cancel a registration. If the training is on a Monday please contact us by 12 pm on Friday. If the aforementioned notice is not given you will be charged a minimum of $25.00 (this includes trainings with no registration fee).

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