Description

This interactive online course provides an orientation and overview of how to use cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) skills in clinical work with children.

If you work with children in your practice, it is important 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.

This course is led by child psychology experts who help you adapt CBT principles to clinical work with children. They provide an overview of CBT goals and techniques, and an in-depth review of behavioral and cognitive interventions. Course content covers how to conduct assessments, develop case conceptualizations, modify cognitive and behavioral techniques for use with children, measure progress with validated tools, and address relapse prevention. Faculty also discuss how to incorporate parents and caregivers into treatment.

These enhanced skills at working with children are ideal for clinicians in mental health, pediatrics, primary care, social work, nursing, psychology and more.

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 October 1, 2018, and all online course work must be completed by November 5, 2018.

Learning Objectives

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

  • Demonstrate understanding of key principles of CBT when provided to children.
  • Explain 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.
  • Explain factors that distinguish the application of CBT to children as compared to adults.

Agenda

The following course materials will be available each week:

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

Topics and faculty subject to change without notice.

Week 1

Overview of Cognitive-Behavior Therapy Goals and Techniques

  • 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

Development of Goals for Therapy

  • 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

Bringing Cognitive and Behavioral Techniques Together

  • 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

Relapse Prevention and Booster Sessions

  • 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.

Faculty

  • Assistant in Psychology, Massachusetts General Hospital
    Instructor in Psychology, Harvard Medical School
  • 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
  • Associate Psychologist, Massachusetts General Hospital
    Program Director, The Bulfinch Program
    Clinical Psychologist, Home Base Program
    Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School
  • Assistant in Psychology, Massachusetts General Hospital
    Instructor in Psychology, Harvard Medical School

Target Audience

This program is intended for:

  • Psychiatrists
  • Psychologists
  • General and Family Practice Physicians
  • Physician Assistants
  • Nurses
  • Social Workers
  • Residents
  • Fellows

Pricing

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 October 15, 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

CMEInformation