COGNITIVE PROCESSING THERAPY FOR PTSD WORKSHEETS


SECTION A.

Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT) is a specific type of cognitive behavioural therapy that helps patients learn how to modify and challenge unhelpful beliefs related to trauma.

CPT has been effective in reducing symptoms of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

PTSD is developed after experiencing traumatic events including violence, child abuse, rape, natural disaster, combat et al.

What Are The Theories Behind This Worksheet?

Trauma changes the way we think about ourselves and the world around us. 

CPT teaches patients how to evaluate and change upsetting thoughts related to the trauma experienced. 

How Will This Worksheet Help You?

This worksheet focuses on repairing the damage caused by the traumatic event and the effects of the trauma on the patient’s beliefs about themselves, others, and the world.

This worksheet will help patients;

  • Become aware of the relationship between thoughts and emotions 
  • Develop skills to identify and address unhelpful thinking 
  • Evaluate and modify beliefs related to the traumatic event

By changing your thoughts, you change how you feel.

How Should You Use This Worksheet?

This worksheet is for patients who are battling with PTSD. 

This worksheet will evaluate and change the distressing thoughts related to the traumatic event.

This worksheet can be used as a way of practising positive journaling and mindfulness.

Provide answers to the questions below and reflect on them. 

COGNITIVE PROCESSING THERAPY FOR PTSD WORKSHEETS

SECTION B.

  1. What thoughts do you have when you think about the trauma you have experienced?
  1. What emotions do you go through when you think about the trauma you have experienced? 
  1. What behaviours do you engage in when you think of the trauma you have experienced?

Example: Using drugs or alcohol

  1. What coping skills can you engage in to help you recover from the traumatic event?

Example: Meditation and Mindfulness Practise

  1. What adaptive strategies can you develop to help you improve your quality of life?

Example: Joining a support group

REFERENCE:

American Psychological Association. (© 2022). Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder: Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT). Available at: https://www.apa.org/ptsd-guideline/treatments/cognitive-processing-therapy. [Accessed on October 24, 2022]

You can download this worksheet here.


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