The Gavin Farrell Foundation’s NYU Cognitive Processing Therapy Training Initiative


October 28-29, 2019 | 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
January 27, 2020 | 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m

(Application Deadline: September 24, 2019)

NYU Kimmel Center for University Life
60 Washington Square S, New York, NY 10012

NYSED and ACE Approved for 36 CE contact hours


The Gavin Farrell Foundation’s NYU CPT Training Initiative provides intensive training in evidence-based treatment for PTSD for eligible community mental health providers and agencies. With long-term implementation of CPT as the goal, the Initiative combines in-person workshops with Learning Communities (post-workshop consultation) to support clinicians in learning and delivering CPT confidently and competently. Thus, the Training Initiative requires an intensive commitment of approximately 4 hours/week/clinician for approximately 6 months. The components of the CPT Workshop + Learning Communities are:

  • Pre-workshop consultation calls (2) with agency senior clinicians and leaders. 
  • Pre-workshop webinars and readings for participating clinicians.
  • 3-day in person Cognitive Processing Therapy Workshop (2-day basic individual CPT workshop, plus one-day advance training on conducting CPT Group).
  • Post-workshop Learning Collaboratives (LCs): Weekly CPT case consultation for participating clinicians will be held weekly over the phone for approximately 6 months and will be led by a CPT Expert.
  • Post-Workshop Senior Leaders LC calls (2): These will occur two times during the LC period to assist senior clinical leaders in addressing agency barriers to their clinicians’ successful implementation of CPT. 
  • Web platform access for clinicians’ learning (webinars, CPT materials and tutorials to reinforce CPT skills) during the LC Program Evaluation.

Upon completing this program, participants will:     

  • Gain skills to improve the quality of care they provide to clients with PTSD
  • Hone PTSD assessment and CBT and CPT skills
  • Obtain 36 Continuing Education Contact Hours for licensed social workers and licensed mental health counselors
  • Become eligible to apply for CPT Provider Status and listing on the CPT Provider Roster after completing the training requirements (see 


Each Learning Community has limited space. Please carefully review the components below prior to applying. In order to comply with GFF’s mission to increase access to EBPs for PTSD for New York City residents, priority will be given to:

  • New York City agency-based clinicians with demonstrated commitment and agency support to learn and implement EBPs.
  • Clinicians and clinical leaders who are able to commit to all components of the workshop and learning collaborative. 
  • Clinicians who are post-masters or higher. You must be licensed at least at the LMSW-or LMHC-level and must be under the direct supervision of a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW), Licensed Clinical Psychologist or Licensed Psychiatrist (M.D.) as required by state licensure laws.
  • Participants must have the provision of psychotherapy within their scope of practice. LMSW and LMHC must be under direct supervised practice to meet these criteria.
  • Agencies with 2 or more clinicians applying.
  • Agencies and clinicians who treat adult clients with PTSD.
  • Agencies that accept insurance, including Medicare/Medicaid, and/or provide sliding scale services.

About The Gavin Farrell Foundation:

The GFF was established in 2018 by a New York family deeply affected by posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Gavin, for whom the foundation is named, died tragically at age 35 after suffering with PTSD for many years. In 2018 his family established the Foundation with the goal of increasing access to evidence-based psychotherapies (EBPs) for PTSD and improving adult PTSD psychotherapy outcomes by funding the dissemination of CPT and Prolonged Exposure (PE).

More Information about Cognitive Processing Therapy for PTSD:

1. CPT Therapist Manual outlining the history, research and session-by-session review of the intervention: Resick, P.A., Monson, C.M., & Chard, K.M. (2017). Cognitive processing therapy for PTSD: A comprehensive manual. New York, NY: The Guilford Press. 

2. Official CPT website:

3. 14-minute video describing CPT with veteran client: testimonials:

4. 2-minute video decribing what is CPT with illustrations:


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Wendy Bassett MSW, LCSW-R

Gwendolyn (Wendy) Bassett, MSW, LCSW-R, is a psychotherapist with a private practice in Midtown Manhattan. She specializes in working with men and women who seek recovery from the aftereffects of trauma. Wendy’s expertise is posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD); brief, evidence-based cognitive behavioral therapies for PTSD with individuals, groups, and couples; and veteran postdeployment mental health. In addition to her clinical work, Wendy is a Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT) for PTSD trainer and consultant. For more than a decade, she worked with veterans with PTSD at VA Connecticut Healthcare System in West Haven, CT.  A graduate of Smith College School for Social Work, she is an Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, Yale School of Medicine, and an Adjunct Lecturer at NYU Silver School for Social Work.