Massed Cognitive Processing Therapy in Active-Duty Military: A Case Series

Kris L. Morris, Carey Schwartz, Tara E. Galovski, Katherine A. Dondanville, Jennifer Schuster Wachen

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Despite consistent evidence that Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT) is an efficacious treatment for posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), the effects among active-duty service members and veterans have been smaller than for civilians. Modifications to standard delivery may be needed to increase treatment engagement and completion, which could improve outcomes in this population. Delivering CPT in a massed format may reduce barriers to care and enable more rapid symptom reduction, yet clinicians and patients may have concerns about the tolerability and practicality of such interventions. This case series describes a course of CPT delivered in 5 days in a mixed group and individual format among 4 active-duty military service members as part of a larger randomized clinical trial. Although the pattern of symptom change differed between patients, most demonstrated clinically significant reductions in PTSD and depression symptoms during the 5-day treatment. Patients reported that the pace was tolerable and that the mixed group and individual format was beneficial. Although further research is needed to understand the longer-term outcomes of massed CPT, this therapy format has important implications for the future delivery of treatments for PTSD.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalCognitive and Behavioral Practice
StateAccepted/In press - 2022


  • cognitive processing therapy
  • group treatment
  • massed treatment
  • military PTSD
  • posttraumatic stress disorder

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Psychology


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