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Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Depression: Working with Service Members and Veterans

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The Center for Deployment Psychology will be presenting a two-day course in the use of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Depression on 6 - 7 July 2022, 11:00 a.m. to 7:30 p.m., Eastern

Registration for the course is $45 and comes with 14 CEs. (Please note the refund policy at the bottom of the page.)

Course Description: This intensive 2-day workshop will provide training for behavioral health providers in the fundamentals of cognitive behavioral therapy for depression (CBT-D), with a specific focus on working with service members and veterans. We will begin with a discussion of depression in the military, followed by an examination of the central principles of CBT-D. Based on this model, participants will then learn how to conceptualize depressed patients and organize the components of a standard CBT-D session. We will also highlight specific cognitive, behavioral, and problem-solving strategies to use with service members to help them modify unhelpful cognitions and re-engage with their environments. Participants will have multiple opportunities to observe video examples and practice intervention strategies through interactive role plays. This program content focuses on the application of assessment and intervention methods for treating depressed patients that have consistent and credible empirical support in the scientific literature (Beck, 2020; Hays, 2019; Kazantzis et al., 2018; Patel et al., 2019; Yew et al., 2021). Participants must attend both days of the workshop.

Instructional Content: Intermediate

Target Audience: For behavioral health providers who treat military personnel, veterans, and their  families.  

Attendance Requirements:

  • Attendees must attend the entire workshop series to earn credit.
  • Role play participation is an attendance requirement for this workshop to receive credit. If you log out deliberately or do not participate during the role plays, that will count against participation.
  • Content in this workshop is cumulative, and attendees are required to attend and participate entirely to receive CE credits.
  • Please note that all participants must attend from their own account and not as part of a group sharing one computer.
  • A functioning microphone is MANDATORY in order to be able to participate in the role-play sessions.
  • Cameras will not be used for this workshop.
  • Please note that role play participation is an attendance requirement for this workshop to receive credit. Logging out deliberately or lack of participation during role plays will count against attendance. If you are unable to participate, or prefer to observe, please let us know, and we will accommodate as needed.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Evaluate the rates of depression in the military.

  2. Distinguish treatment considerations specific to a military population when utilizing Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Depression (CBT-D).

  3. Apply four central principles of cognitive behavioral therapy when working with patients presenting with depression.

  4. Differentiate between the three levels of cognition (automatic thoughts, underlying assumptions, and core beliefs).

  5. Categorize the three types of thought that make up the “negative cognitive triad” thinking style that characterizes depression.

  6. Develop an individualized case conceptualization for patients based on the cognitive behavioral model.

  7. Use information from self-report measures and clinical interviews to aid in diagnosing depression.

  8. Organize the components of a standard CBT-D therapy session. 

  9. Choose behavioral and problem-solving strategies from CBT-D to help depressed service members re-engage with their environment.

  10. Use cognitive strategies from CBT-D to modify unhelpful cognitions in service members.

  11. Apply the Socratic Method to guide discovery in CBT.

  12. Differentiate between cognitive distortions common in military personnel vs. civilian populations.




11:00      Course Intro

               Depression in the Military

               Roots of CBT-D

               CBT Approach to Therapy

12:45-1:00    BREAK

1:00        Fundamentals of Cognitive Theory

               CBT Theories of Depression & the Military Mindset

               CBT Case Conceptualization

3:00-4:00    LUNCH

4:00        CBT Case Conceptualization Exercise

               Elements of CBT

5:45-6:00    BREAK

6:00        Course of CBT-D

               Initial Phase of Treatment

               CBT-D Session Structure

7:30        End of Day 1



11:00      Review of Day 1

               Activity Monitoring/Scheduling

               Additional Behavioral Activation Strategies

12:30-12:45    BREAK

12:45        Behavioral Activation Exercise

               The Role of Emotions in CBT-D

               Identifying Automatic Thoughts

               Socratic Dialogue

2:30-3:30    LUNCH

3:30        Thought Records

               Cognitive Restructuring Exercise

               Additional Strategies for Evaluating Automatic Thoughts

               Cognitive Strategies for Working with Underlying Assumptions

5:15-5:30    BREAK

5:30       Cognitive Strategies for Working with Core Beliefs

               Problem-Solving Strategies

               Later Phase of Treatment

               Review Exercise

7:30        End of Day 2

*Please note that agenda times are approximate and subject to change, depending on the needs of the workshop.

Continuing Education:
Course Completion Requirements: Participants are required to attend the entire training. Partial credits  cannot be issued. Attendance is taken through the use of electronic logs, and a post-training evaluation form must be completed in order to receive CE credits. There is a 30-day time limit post-training to  complete all CE requirements. CE Credit Certificates will be made available via CE21 within 30 days after  all course requirements have been completed. 

American Psychological Association Sponsor Approval: The Center for Deployment Psychology is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The Center for Deployment Psychology maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

Association of Social Work Boards Approved Continuing Education Provider Approval: The Center for Deployment Psychology, #1761, is approved to offer social work continuing education by  the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE)  program. Organizations, not individual courses, are approved as ACE providers. State and provincial  regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted  for continuing education credit. The Center for Deployment Psychology maintains responsibility for this  course. ACE provider approval period: 5/19/2022-5/19/2025. This course is under review for credit these credits.
Inquiries regarding CE credits may be directed via email to Aric Bowie at

Online Platform: Zoom
Date: 7/6/2022 - 7/7/2022
Time: 11:00 am – 7:30 pm, Eastern
Registration Information: Registration is done through event management system CE21, a registration link can be found on the CDP upcoming trainings page.
Registration Deadline: Registration for this training closes one week prior to the training date. Space is very limited and tends to fill well before the training date.
Cancellations/Questions: Please contact if you have any questions or need to  cancel your registration.
Registration Cost/Refunds: The cost for this training is $45. Registration fees will be refunded to  participants who send a written cancellation via email to no less than 4 weeks before the training. No refunds will be made after the training.

Location Information: Training will be held in Zoom.

Instructional Format: This live webinar is fully interactive. Attendees may ask and answer questions  throughout the presentation and participate in instructor-led discussions.

System Requirements:
Internet connection, broadband wired or wireless.
Operating System:
Windows 7 or higher, Mac OS X with MacOS 10.9 or higher • Web Browser: Internet Explorer 11+, Edge 12+, Firefox 27+, Chrome 30+, Safari 7+ • Hardware: 1Ghz processor or higher.
For more specific system requirements, see the Zoom system requirements page here:

Special Accommodations:
If you require special accommodations due to a disability, please contact Aric Bowie at 4 weeks prior to the training so that we may provide you with appropriate service.

For any grievances or concerns with this training including those related to course content, non-receipt  of certificate or other occurrences, participants may contact CDP’s Continuing Education Director, Ms. Amanda  Milochik, via email at




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Jeffrey Cook, Ph.D. is a Director of Training and Education at the Center for Deployment Psychology. Dr. Cook retired after 23 years in the military, having served as an infantry Marine, Navy corpsman and clinical psychologist. As a psychologist, he was the Mental Health Division Officer in Okinawa, Japan; ship psychologist on the U.S.S. George Washington; and the Department Head for the Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury program at NNMC Bethesda, MD. Dr. Cook is a graduate of the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences clinical psychology program, and also serves as adjunct faculty at USU. Dr. Cook’s professional interests include evidence-based treatment approaches, program evaluation, and PTSD.

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Jeffrey Mann, Psy.D., is a Senior Military Internship Behavioral Health Psychologist at the Center for Deployment Psychology (CDP) with the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences and is located at Naval Medical Center San Diego. Dr. Mann is a Veteran of the United States Air Force (USAF) where he served as a psychologist from 2009 to 2013. In 2013, he deployed to Southwest Asia in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

Dr. Mann received his bachelor’s degree in computer science from DePauw University and his master’s and doctorate degrees in clinical psychology from the Adler School of Professional Psychology, Chicago, with a specialization in primary care psychology. He is a 2010 graduate of the Wilford Hall USAF Medical Center Psychology Residency Program.

Dr. Mann’s clinical work has focused on the assessment and treatment of trauma-related mental health conditions, anxiety disorders, insomnia and the use of Telebehavioral Health.


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