Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT) is a type of cognitive behavioural therapy that 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 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.
How Will This Worksheet Help You?
This worksheet will help you:
- Challenge negative thoughts and interpretations
- Strive to gain a healthier perspective about the trauma
- Cope better with future trauma
- Move forward with life
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 should be used to teach you how to evaluate and change the distressing thoughts you have had since your trauma.
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 WORKSHEET
- What thoughts do you have when you think about the trauma you have experienced?
- What emotions do you go through when you think about the trauma you have experienced?
- What is your current understanding as to why the traumatic event occurred?
- What impact has the traumatic event had on your beliefs about yourself?
- What impact has the traumatic event had on your beliefs about others?
- What impact has the traumatic event had on your beliefs about the world around you?
- What coping skills can you engage in to help you recover from the traumatic event?
- What adaptive strategies can you develop to help you improve your quality of life?
Example: Building trust with people that surround me.
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 21, 2022]
You can download this worksheet here.