Fundamentals of Child and Adolescent Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (October 2023)
Registration Deadline: October 16, 2023
This course will review the theoretical basis and practical applications of evidence-based psychotherapies for children and adolescents. It will focus on well-established therapeutic skills for children with mild-to-moderate mental health needs and their families. The course will review case conceptualization and the application of cognitive-behavioral skills including relaxation and mindfulness skills to reduce physiologic arousal, cognitive strategies to address unhelpful thought processes and enhance coping and resilience, and behavioral skills to reduce maladaptive avoidance, increase engagement in pleasant and meaningful activities, and enhance positive parenting practices. The presenter will review strategies to enhance child and family engagement and address common challenges when conducing therapy with youth. The course will incorporate didactic training with role plays to illustrate key concepts, and regular live question and answer sessions with faculty to facilitate application of therapy skills in a culturally informed manner.
Course materials are available beginning October 2, 2023 and all course work must be completed by November 6, 2023.
Registration Deadline: October 16, 2023
Physicians and Doctoral-level Professionals: $445.00
Other Professionals: $345.00
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 16, 2023.
Week Start Date
Date of Q&A
Time of Q&A
Week 1: 10/02/2023
|10/10/2023||2:00-2:30PM EDT||Aude Henin, PhD|
Week 2: 10/09/2023
|10/16/2023||2:00-2:30PM EDT||Aude Henin, PhD|
Week 3: 10/16/2023
|10/23/2023||2:00-2:30PM EDT||Dina Hirshfeld-Becker, PhD|
Week 4: 10/23/2023
|10/30/2023||2:00-2:30PM EDT||Dina Hirshfeld-Becker, PhD|
The course is designed for primary care physicians, psychiatrists, psychologists , social workers and other providers in the US and internationally who are providing behavioral health care to children and adolescents with anxiety, OCD, mood, and other common psychological problems.
At the end of this program, participants will be able to:
- Explain how to develop an individualized treatment plan based on conceptualization of the presenting case
- Describe how to conduct a thorough assessment of the child and family
- Describe how to collaborate with the youth and family to define goals for intervention
- Explain how to use psychoeducation strategies with children and families
- Explain how to use relaxation and mindfulness techniques with youth to reduce physical symptoms of stress and anxiety
- Explain how to use cognitive strategies with youth to help them recognize and challenge unhelpful, negative thinking patterns
- Describe out to use behavioral activation strategies to address depression in youth.
- Describe how to develop progressive hierarchies of exposure to address anxiety disorders or OCD.
- Explain how to use relapse prevention strategies to maintain progress with pediatric patients
- Describe and address common challenges in implement CBT with 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
Module 1: Introduction to the CBT model, case conceptualization, assessment, goal-setting, and psychoeducation
Module 2: Affective education, relaxation and mindfulness, and cognitive techniques
Module 3: Behavioral techniques for addressing depression and anxiety disorders in youth, including behavioral activation and exposure practice
Module 4: Relapse prevention, addressing common challenges, a review of empirical evidence for the use of CBT with youth, parenting work, and new directions in the field (including use of technology, telehealth, and adaptations for special populations)
- 10.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership 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 Live activity for a maximum of 10.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
- 10.00 Nursing 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 (244 CMR 5.00) for 10.00 contact hours of nursing continuing education credit. Advance practice nurses, please note: Educational activities which meet the requirements of the ACCME (such as this activity) count towards 50% of the nursing requirement for ANCC accreditation.
- 10.00 Social Workers
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 10.00 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 91176
- 10.00 Participation
This course allows other providers to 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 Credit™ associated with the activity. Providers should check with their regulatory agencies to determine ways in which AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ may or may not fulfill continuing education requirements. Providers should also consider saving copies of brochures, agenda, and other supporting documents.
- 10.00 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 10.00 Continuing Education (CE) credits per presentation for psychologists.
Aude Henin, PhD
Dina Hirshfeld-Becker, PhD
David H. Rubin, MD, content reviewer
Jane Pimental, MPH
Susan E. Sprich, PhD, psychologist reviewer
Aude Henin, PhD
Dina Hirshfeld-Becker, PhD
In accord with the disclosure policy of McLean Hospital as well as guidelines set forth by the Accreditation Council on Continuing Medical Education, all people in control of educational content, including speakers, course directors, planners, and reviewers, have been asked to disclose all financial relationships with ineligible companies for the past 24 months, as defined below:
The ACCME defines an “Ineligible company” as “those whose primary business is producing, marketing, selling, re-selling, or distributing healthcare products used by or on patients.” For more information, visit
Financial relationships are those relationships in which the individual benefits by receiving a salary, royalty, intellectual property rights, consulting fee, honoraria, ownership interest (e.g., stocks, stock options or other ownership interest, excluding diversified mutual funds), or other financial benefit. Financial benefits are usually associated with roles such as employment, management position, independent contractor (including contracted research), consulting, speaking and teaching, membership on advisory committees or review panels, board membership, and other activities from which remuneration is received, or expected.
Mitigation of Financial Relationships
All financial relationships are reviewed to determine which ones are relevant, and then measures are taken to mitigate all relevant financial relationships and ensure that they do not insert commercial bias into the content of the education.
The following planners, speakers, content reviewers, and others in control of educational content have reported financial relationships with ineligible companies over the past 24 months. Measures have been taken to mitigate the impact of these financial relationships on the educational content and ensure that they do not insert commercial bias into the content of this education.
Susan Sprich, PhD
Royalties (Co-Author): Oxford University Press
Royalties (Co-Edited Book): Springer
Honoraria (Associate Editors): Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies (ABCT)
All other individuals in a position to control the content of this educational activity have reported no financial relationships with ineligible companies.
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