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Cognitive Processing Therapy

Cognitive processing therapy (CPT) was developed by Patricia Resick in the early 1990s as a treatment for posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in female sexual assault victims. She recognized that until that time few approaches for treating sexual assault victims addressed the PTSD symptomatology, which often results from an assault. In response, she combined traditional Beckian cognitive theory with emerging theories for PTSD involving information processing and cognitive restructuring and integrated these methods into a highly effective group therapy for victims of sexual assault. Since then, CPT has proven to be equally efficacious in both group and individual settings or in a combination of the two. Additionally, CPT has been successful in treating various other forms of PTSD in highly diverse groups of individuals, including (a) ...

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