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Cognitive processing therapy (CPT) is a manualized, cognitive behavioral treatment for posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and comorbid symptoms. CPT consists of 12 sessions that can be delivered in an individual or group therapy format or a combination of the two. CPT is a trauma-focused treatment in which patients are taught to recognize and challenge dysfunctional cognitions (“stuck points”) about their traumatic event(s) as well as current thoughts about themselves, others, and the world. One version of CPT includes a written account of the traumatic event, whereas a cognitive-only version (CPT-C) does not include the written account. CPT is one of the primary evidence-based treatments for PTSD and has been supported for use in a variety of populations, including rape victims, survivors of motor vehicle accidents, ...

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