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Treating Trauma From the Top Down: Harnessing the Power of Socratic Dialogue for PTSD

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Kathleen M. Chard, PhD
3 Hours 18 Minutes
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Feb 17, 2023
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In this course, Dr Kathleen Chard identifies and evaluates clinical practice guidelines for Cognitive Processing Therapy, appraises current research on the effectiveness of CPT with PTSD as compared to exposure interventions, and investigates the role of Socratic Dialogue to determine the real meaning behind thoughts. Dr Chard demonstrates the CPT model and how Socratic Dialog promotes cognitive flexibility and emotional regulation.



This online program is worth 3.25 hours CPD.



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Kathleen M. Chard, PhD, is a co-developer of CPT and director of the Trauma Recovery Center at the Cincinnati VA Medical Center. Serving as the VA CPT Implementation Director, Dr Chard oversees the dissemination of CPT to mental health clinicians across the United States. She is the co-author of Cognitive Processing Therapy for PTSD: A Comprehensive Model (The Guilford Press, 2017) and author of CPT for Sexual Abuse treatment manual (2012). A sought-after speaker, Dr Chard has personally trained over 5,000 clinicians throughout the United States on using CPT with veterans, active duty personnel, and civilians in addition to overseeing the training of tens of thousands of others via the trainers she supervises. She is co-chair of a 17-site study comparing CPT to Prolonged Exposure in US veterans in addition to conducting a $6 million-dollar Department of Defense study on the assessment of PTSD. She served as a past editor of the Journal of Traumatic Stress and is a professor of Clinical Psychiatry and Behavioral Neuroscience at the University of Cincinnati.


Speaker Disclosures:
Financial: Kathleen Chard has employment relationships with CPT Training Institute, the Cincinnati Veterans Administration Medical Center, the University of Cincinnati, and the Department of Veterans Affairs. She receives royalties as a published author. She has a research activity that is grant funded through Health Services Research and Development Service. Kathleen Chard receives a speaking honorarium, recording, and book royalties from Psychotherapy Networker and PESI, Inc. She has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.
Non-financial: Kathleen Chard is an ad hoc reviewer for several peer review journals, for a complete list contact PESI, Inc.


  1. Assesses clinical implications, practices, and guidelines for using Cognitive Processing Therapy in the treatment of PTSD and disorders comorbid with PTSD.
  2. Teaches therapists how to integrate Socratic Dialogue into their work with clients in order to identify stuck points and develop alternative thoughts. 
  3. Demonstrates the strength of Cognitive Processing Therapy utilizing Socratic Dialogue to help clients discover the deeper meaning behind their thoughts and improve cognitive flexibility.
  4. Evaluates how cognitive flexibility allows for healthy emotional response and regulation.


  • Clinical Practice Guidelines for Cognitive Processing Therapy
    • Supporting Evidence & Research
    • Early Theories of PTSD
    • Cognitive Therapy vs. Extinction
  • Cognitive Processing Therapy
    • How CPT Works
    • Overview of PTSD & CPT and Finding Stuck Points 
    • Socratic Dialogue
  • Demonstration 1 with Vicki
    • Finding Stuck Points by Being Socratic 
    • Question & Answer
  • Demonstration 2 with Vicki
    • Bringing Socratic Dialogue in Using the ABC Sheet
    • Question & Answer
  • Conclusion

Target Audience

  • Counselors
  • Marriage and Family Therapists
  • Nurses
  • Physicians
  • Psychologists
  • Social Workers
  • Other Mental Health Professionals



Overall:      4.9

Total Reviews: 19

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