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Cognitive Processing Therapy Training

Event Details
Date: 21-22 November 2019
Venue: Brisbane, Qld
CPD hrs: 14

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Organiser: Dr Jon Finch
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CPT is an evidence-based, cognitive-behavioural treatment for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). It was developed in the late 1980s and has been shown to be effective in reducing PTSD symptoms related to a variety of traumatic events including child abuse, combat, rape and natural disasters. CPT is endorsed by the U.S. Departments of Veterans Affairs and Defence, as well as the International Society of Traumatic Stress Studies, as a best practice for the treatment of PTSD.

This two-day workshop aims to train clinicians to deliver CPT. The training is practice-oriented and includes video clips of expert demonstrations. You will also be provided with a comprehensive manual and client handouts (in hard and soft copy) for clinical use.

After completing the training, participants will be offered the opportunity to join a supervision group, facilitated by Dr Finch, to support their use of CPT with clients.

Learning outcome

By the conclusion of this seminar participants will be able to:

  1. Implement CPT therapy using the manual provided
  2. Outline the theory behind CPT, and understand how CPT is different to other trauma therapies
  3. Know how to manage co-morbidities and use CPT to treat complex presentations
  4. Have knowledge of the evidence base that supports CPT

Leaning Pre Requisites:

This workshop is suitable for mental health social workers, who work with traumatised clients.

Presenter details

Dr Jon Finch is an experienced clinical psychologist and member of the Australian Psychological Society. Jon initially worked with soldiers, war veterans, and peace keepers at Veteran and Veterans Families Counselling Service, in the role of counsellor and Deputy Director. He has also held a senior role managing a state-wide Trauma Response Team for Davidson Trahaire Corpsych.

Later, he moved on to work with police members at Victoria Police as the senior psychologist. He has also worked as the senior psychologist at the University of Melbourne Counselling Service. He has maintained a private practice for the past six years specialising in treating people with complex trauma histories and specifically Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

He has worked with people exposed to a wide range of traumatic events, victims of assault, sexual assault, childhood sexual assault, domestic violence, and those involved in motor vehicle accidents. He has used CPT for PTSD for the past 10 years. In 2014 he completed training in the USA with the authors of the CPT manual to deliver training to other clinicians.

Location and dates


21-22 November 2018


Early Bird Fee (First 10 participants): $575
Standard Fee: $675.00
Late Fee (three weeks before events starts): $775.00



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