This interactive 4-week e-learning course provides an orientation and overview for effectively using Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) principles in the treatment of children.

It is critical for clinicians who treat children to develop the skills necessary to adapt CBT for use with this age group, and there are few postgraduate educational opportunities that focus on this specific skill set. In this course, expert faculty focus on the application of CBT to clinical work for children – perfect for psychiatrists, psychologists, general and primary care practitioners, nurses and social workers. The course provides an understanding of the fundamental principles and practice techniques when CBT is used with children, including how to conduct comprehensive assessments of children, develop case conceptualizations utilizing all available sources of information, modify cognitive and behavioral techniques for use with children, measure progress utilizing validated instruments, develop a relapse prevention program, and handle special considerations such as incorporating parents/caregivers into treatment and using therapist self disclosure.

Course materials are available beginning on August 4, 2014, and all course work must be completed by September 8, 2014. New course assignments are released each week, and you can finish the preceding week’s materials at any time to unlock the next week’s materials. Lectures are pre-recorded and may be viewed online from your PC or mobile device, and readings and case assessments can be completed at your convenience. Interactive components include weekly live chats with faculty and a daily monitored discussion board (accessible 24/7).

Learning Objectives

At the end of this online course, participants should be able to:

  • Understand key principles of CBT when provided to children.
  • Identify methods for assessment and case conceptualization when working with children within a CBT model.
  • Recognize essential cognitive and behavioral techniques used in providing CBT to children.
  • Identify factors that distinguish the application of CBT to children as compared to adults.

Target Audience

This program is intended for: Psychiatrists, psychologists, general practitioners, nurses, and social workers.


Physicians and Doctoral-level Professionals: $395.00
Other Professionals: $295.00

Cancellation Policy

Refunds will be issued for requests made within the first week of the course, but an administrative fee of $25.00 will be deducted from your refund. If you choose to cancel your enrollment in the course after the first week, you will have until August 18, 2014 to receive a credit toward a future offering of the same course. No refunds or credits will be made thereafter.


Agenda and faculty subject to change without notice.

Each week, the following course materials will be available:

  • Didactic presentations with embedded role plays
  • Self-assessment
  • Live "chat with the experts"
  • Discussion boards
  • Readings
  • Worksheets, handouts and references

Week 1

Skill Building:
  • Provide an overview of cognitive-behavior therapy goals and techniques.
  • Introduce and illustrate several well-established CBT techniques.
  • Discuss developmental adaptations to CBT across childhood and adolescence.
Participants should be able to understand the following key elements:
  1. Demonstrate an understanding of the key components of CBT case formulation when working with children.
  2. Recognize essential elements of the assessment phase of CBT.
  3. Identify how to structure a typical CBT session.
  4. Understand effective methods for introducing the CBT model of treatment to children.
Week 2
Skill Building:
  • Development of goals for therapy.
  • Thought-feeling monitoring.
  • Review of Cognitive Interventions.
Participants should be able to understand the following key elements:
  1. Identify critical considerations when developing treatment goals.
  2. Recognize effective methods for teaching children to monitor thoughts and feelings.
  3. Understand four key cognitive interventions used in working with children.
Week 3
Skill Building:
  • Behavioral interventions.
  • Bringing cognitive and behavioral techniques together.
Participants should be able to understand the following key elements:
  1. Understand relaxation training techniques.
  2. Recognize how behavioral activation and pleasant activity scheduling are incorporated into CBT treatment. 
  3. Identify how to apply most commonly used exposure treatments.
  4. Understand how safety behaviors can interfere with exposure treatments.
Week 4
Skill Building:
  • Relapse prevention and booster sessions.
  • Similarities and differences between adult and child CBT.
  • Developmental issues in child CBT.
Participants should be able to understand the following key elements:
  1. Understand techniques used within CBT for relapse prevention.
  2. Recognize key differences between adult and child applications of CBT.
  3. Identify essential developmental factors to consider when providing CBT to children.

Q&A with Faculty

Please call in on the following days and times to speak with expert faculty:

  • Monday, August 11, 2014 at 1:00 pm EDT with Melanie Farkas, PhD
  • Monday, August 18, 2014 at 1:00 pm EDT with Dikla Eckshtain, PhD
  • Monday, August 25, 2014 at 1:00 pm EDT with Jamie Micco, PhD
  • Tuesday, September 2, 2014 at 1:00 pm EDT with Michael Schonberg, PhD


  • Co-Director, Child Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy Program, Massachusetts General Hospital
    Director, Cognitive Behavior Therapy Program, Clinical and Research Program in Pediatric Psychopharmacology, Massachusetts General Hospital
    Assistant Professor of Psychology in the Department of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School
  • Co-Director, Child Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy Program, Massachusetts General Hospital
    Director of High-Risk Studies and Anxiety Research, Pediatric Psychopharmacology Program, Massachusetts General Hospital
    Associate Professor of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School
  • Vice President of Clinical Development, Clintara, LLC
    Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School

CME Information

Release Date: August 4, 2014
Expiration Date: September 8, 2014

To receive credit for this activity, view the presentations and complete the post test and evaluation.






AMA PRA Category 1 CreditTM

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Essential Areas and Policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint sponsorship of McLean Hospital and Massachusetts General Hospital. McLean Hospital is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

McLean Hospital designates this enduring material for a maximum of 11.00 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.


Psychologists CE Credit

The Massachusetts General Hospital Department of Psychiatry is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The Massachusetts General Hospital Department of Psychiatry maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

This offering meets the criteria for 11.00 continuing education credits for psychologists.


Nursing CE Credit Contact Hours

Massachusetts General Laws, Chapter 13, sections 13, 14, 14A, 15 and 15D and Chapter 112, sections 74 through 81C authorize the Board of Registration in Nursing to regulate nursing practice and education.

This program meets the requirements of the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Nursing at (244 CMR 5.00) for 11.00 contact hours of nursing continuing education credit.


Social Work CE Credit Hours

The Collaborative of NASW, Boston College, and Simmons College Schools of Social Work authorizes social work continuing education credits for courses, workshops, and educational programs that meet the criteria outlined in 258 CMR of the Massachusetts Board of Registration of Social Workers.

This program has been approved for 11.00 Social Work Continuing Education hours for relicensure, in accordance with 258 CMR. Collaborative of NASW and the Boston College and Simmons Schools of Social Work Authorization Number D 60420.


Other Professions

Other Providers can claim a Participation Certificate upon successful completion of this course.

Participation Certificates will specify the title, location, type of activity, date of activity, and number of AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM associated with the activity. Providers should check with their regulatory agencies to determine ways in which AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM may or may not fulfill continuing education requirements. Providers should also consider saving copies of brochures, agenda, and other supporting documents.

Policy on Faculty and Provider Disclosure

It is the policy of McLean Hospital that faculty and providers disclose real or apparent conflicts of interest relating to the topics of this educational activity. McLean Hospital has established policies in place that identify and resolve all conflicts of interest prior to this educational activity.

Planner Disclosures

The following planners and/or their spouse/partner have reported no relevant financial relationship with a commercial interest.

Tristan Gorrindo, MD, Reviewer

The following planners and/or their spouse/partner have reported a relevant financial relationship with a commercial interest.

Susan Sprich, PhD
Royalties: Oxford University Press (for co-authoring treatment manual and client workbook), Springer (for editing book)

Speaker Disclosures

The following speakers and/or their spouse/partner have reported no relevant financial relationship with a commercial interest.

Dikla Eckshtain, PhD
Melanie Farkas, PhD
Dina R. Hirshfeld-Becker, PhD
Timothy Petersen, PhD
Jamie Micco, PhD
Michael Schonberg, PhD

The following speakers and/or their spouse/partner have reported a relevant financial relationship with a commercial interest.

Aude Henin, PhD
Consultant: Otsuka; Pfizer; Prophase
Royalties: Oxford University Press

Hardware/Software Specifications

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Optimal System Configuration

Flash Player: Adobe Flash Player 10.1+
Browser: Firefox 3+, Internet Explorer 8.0+, Safari 4.0+, or Google Chrome 7.0+
Operating System: Windows XP+ or Mac OS X 10.4+
Internet Connection: 1 Mbps or higher

Minimum Requirements

Windows PC: 500-MHz Pentium II; Windows XP or higher; 128 MB RAM; Video Card at least 64MB of video memory; Sound Card at least 16-bit; Macromedia Flash Player 10 or higher, audio playback with speakers for programs with video content; Firefox 1.1+, Internet Explorer 7.0+, Safari 1.0+, Google Chrome, or Opera
Macintosh: Mac OS X 10.3 or higher with latest updates installed; 1.83MHz Intel Core Duo or faster; RAM: 128MB or more; Video Card: at least 64MB of video memory; Sound Card: at least 16-bit

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