Between disasters, interpersonal violence, and combat experiences, traumatic events are common in modern life. Fortunately most people recover on their own or with help from family and friends, but some develop posttraumatic stress disorder. Left untreated, PTSD can drastically impair the quality of life for sufferers and their loved ones, and can result in substance abuse or suicide. One of the most effective evidence-based treatments for PTSD is Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT), a 12-session cognitive behavioral treatment. CPT is predominantly a cognitive therapy that can be implemented with or without a smaller exposure component than imaginal exposure therapy and is therefore more acceptable to many clients and practitioners seeking alternatives to purely exposure-focused treatments. It also directly targets associated problems such as depression, guilt, and anger. Originally developed for rape and sexual assault, CPT has been successfully applied to veterans, refugees, and survivors of other traumas.
This two-day professional training in Cognitive Processing Therapy was sponsored by the New York State Office of Mental Health and was offered by the Institute for Disaster Mental Health at SUNY New Paltz on March 25 and 26, 2010. The training was led by the developer of CPT, Patricia A. Resick, Ph.D. Dr. Resick is the Director of the Women’s Health Sciences Division of the National Center for PTSD at the VA Boston Healthcare System. She is also a Professor of Psychiatry and Psychology at Boston University, and was the 2009 President of the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies. Attendance at this training prepared practitioners to implement CPT with trauma survivors. It also provided attendees with practical and useful materials and resources.
Thursday, March 25, 2010
8:30 – 9:00 - Breakfast and On-site Registration
9:00 – 9:15 - Welcome – Michael F. Hogan, Ph.D., Commissioner, New York State Office of Mental Health
Introductory Remarks – James Halpern, Ph.D., Director, IDMH
9:15 – 10:30 – Morning Session I
10:30 – 10:45 – Break
10:45 – 12:15 – Q&A, Morning Session II
12:15 – 1:15 – Lunch break
1:15 – 3:00 – Afternoon Session I
3:00 – 3:15 – Break
3:15 – 5:00 – Q&A, Afternoon Session II
5:00 – 6:00 – Networking and Tabling
Friday, March 26, 2010
8:00 – 8:30 – Breakfast
8:30 – 8:45 - Second Day Welcome – Steven Poskanzer, President, SUNY New Paltz
8:45 – 10:00 – Morning Session I
10:00 – 10:15 – Break
10:15 –12:00 – Q&A, Morning Session II
12:00 –1:00 – Lunch break
1:00 – 2:15 – Afternoon Session I
2:15 – 2:30 – Break
2:30 – 3:45 – Q&A, Afternoon Session II
3:45 – 4:00 – Break
4:00 – 5:00 – Closing Session
CONFERENCE DIRECTOR: James Halpern, Ph.D.
IDMH Director and Professor of Psychology at SUNY New Paltz, Dr. Halpern is Chair of Disaster Mental Health Services for the Ulster County Chapter of the American Red Cross and has responded to both local and large-scale national disasters. He is co-author of the textbook Disaster Mental Health: Theory and Practice.
CONFERENCE COORDINATOR: Karla Vermeulen, MA
Ms. Vermeulen is the Coordinator of the IDMH and a Lecturer in the Psychology Department at SUNY New Paltz.
WEBCAST COORDINATOR: Meredith Johnson, MA
GRADUATE ASSISTANT: Rachael Bisceglie
Special Thanks to our Conference and Institute Sponsors:
The New York State Office of Mental Health
Campus Auxiliary Services
Center for Research, Regional Education & Outreach
College of Liberal Arts & Sciences