This interactive course offers an overview of cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) for children and adolescents with obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). It is led by CBT experts Aude Henin, PhD, and Dina Hirshfeld-Becker, PhD.

The course reviews diagnostic criteria for OCD, the impact of common comorbidities, the differentiation of OCD from other psychiatric disorders of childhood, strategies to combat treatment non-adherence, and much more. The course also focuses on evidence-based CBT interventions such as psychoeducation, cognitive strategies, and exposure and response prevention (E/RP).

The course includes an array of resources, videos and other materials to guide you through your learning experience. All content and assignments can be completed whenever your schedule allows. Weekly call-in times allow faculty to hear and respond to your questions directly, and an interactive discussion board lets you post your own questions and interact with peers from across the United States and around the world. Plus, the course is accessible via desktop, laptop, smartphone or tablet.

Course materials are available beginning on September 10, 2018, and all online course work must be completed by October 15, 2018.

Presented in collaboration with:

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Learning Objectives

At the end of this program, participants will be able to:

  • Identify symptoms of OCD in children and adolescents
  • Summarize the most effective CBT techniques for treating OCD in youth
  • Address common issues in implementing CBT for OCD in youth


Participants must complete each week sequentially and while completing all components of each week to receive credit, including:

  • Activity Overview
  • Video Lecture
  • Reading and Resources (required and optional)
  • Q&A with Faculty
  • Discussion Board
  • Case Assessment

Session 1

Diagnosis and Assessment

Key Points:

  • Summarize DSM-5 criteria for OCD
  • Use evidence-based assessment tools for the diagnosis of OCD in children and adolescents
  • Differentiate OCD from other comorbid conditions in children and adolescents

Session 2

Cognitive-Behavioral Interventions

Key Points:

  • Implement psychoeducation early in treatment for OCD in youth
  • Use rating scales to assess OCD in children across various age ranges
  • Implement cognitive skills training in treating pediatric OCD

Session 3

Exposure and Response Prevention (E/RP)

Key Points:

  • Summarize the rationale and mechanisms underlying exposure/response prevention (E/RP)
  • Implement in-session E/RP treatment
  • Recognize the factors that interfere with effective E/RP treatment

Session 4

Common Issues in Treatment

Key Points:

  • Implement relapse prevention strategies
  • Summarize the empirical support and limitations of the existing literature on CBT for pediatric OCD
  • Address family factors including family accommodation of OCD symptoms


  • Assistant in Psychology, Massachusetts General Hospital
    Instructor in Psychology, Harvard Medical School
  • Co-Director, Child Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy Program, Department of Psychiatry, Massachusetts General Hospital
  • 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
  • Director, Intensive Child Child Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy Program, Massachusetts General Hospital
    Assistant Professor of Psychology, Harvard Medical School
  • Assistant in Psychology
    Massachusetts General Hospital
    Instructor in Psychology
    Harvard Medical School
  • Assistant in Psychology, Massachusetts General Hospital
    Instructor in Psychology, Harvard Medical School

Target Audience

This program is intended for:

  • Physicians (including primary care providers, pediatricians and psychiatrists)
  • Clinical and school psychologists
  • Social workers
  • Licensed mental health professionals
  • Clinical nurse practitioners
  • Other allied health service providers

Participants should have a basic understanding of CBT principles and some experience working with children and adolescents.


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

Cancellation Policy

Refunds will be issued for cancellation requests made during the first week of the course, but an administrative fee of $25.00 will be deducted from your refund. Cancellation requests made during the second week will receive a credit toward a future offering of the same course. No refunds or credits will be granted after September 24, 2018.

Q&A with Faculty

Call-in times will be posted prior to the start of the course.

Additional Online Courses

We offer several online courses on cognitive behavioral therapy that complement the course you are currently viewing.

View our online CBT course offerings