Full Course Description

3-Day Intensive Training: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) for Children & Adolescents

In this breakthrough Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) Course recording, develop core competencies and transform your skills to achieve better therapeutic outcomes, even with your most challenging children or adolescents!

You will be able to utilize concrete strategies that will provide greater healing for your clients who suffer from:

  • ODD
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • PTSD
  • OCD
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Substance abuse
  • Suicidality
  • And many other challenging conditions!

You’ll get effective clinical techniques from David M. Pratt, PhD, MSW, a leading expert in the field of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. He will teach you how to master the art of applying CBT to a variety of clinical conditions with children and adolescents. In this revolutionary experience as he reveals the latest advances in CBT to get the skills you need to succeed!

Through case studies, interactive discussions, role-plays, and reproducible handouts, you will take away practical CBT strategies to use immediately with any client.

Program Information


  1. Integrate CBT theory into practical interventions with children and adolescents.
  2. Apply evidence-based CBT treatments to a variety of child and adolescent diagnostic conditions.
  3. Integrate “First and Second Wave” CBT skills with more recent “Third Wave” (mindfulness) advances with youth.
  4. Develop a CBT-oriented case conceptualization and understand how to effectively collaborate with youth and parents toward targeted, mutually defined treatment goals.
  5. Employ effective methods to motivate your most reluctant adolescent clients to engage in their treatment.
  6. Construct interventions consisting of both practical skill building worksheets and structured therapeutic activities to clarify and teach complex CBT skills for a variety of child and adolescent disorders.
  7. Utilize CBT psychoeducation to elicit “buy in” from reluctant clients.
  8. Employ fundamental and advanced evidence-based CBT skills to help your young clients manage depression, suicidal thoughts, and self-harm behaviors.
  9. Apply both “Socratic Questioning” and “Thought Detective” to help young people examine and modify their “Stinking Thinking.”
  10. Develop a mastery of recent advances in the neuro-science of trauma and how to re-train the traumatized brain.
  11. Develop skills to implement trauma narratives with youth clients to resolve multiple types of trauma.
  12. Employ exposure therapy techniques including imagino and in-vivo exposure to resolve obsessive-compulsive rituals.
  13. Develop 25 positive parenting skills to modify oppositional-defiant behavior.
  14. Utilize evidence-based interventions for ADHD including “Executive Functioning” skills, “School-Home Report Cards.”
  15. Determine differential diagnosis methods to identify Pediatric Bipolar Disorder and master CBT interventions for mania.
  16. Apply evidenced-based screening, motivational enhancement, level of care determination, and treatment methods for youth with substance use disorder and dual diagnoses.
  17. Distinguish adolescent sleep patterns in session and evidence-based CBT interventions for youth sleep disorders.
  18. Apply CBT skills to your most challenging cases through respectful, sensitive clinical discussions and structured clinical skill enhancement activities.


Master the Core Skills and Competencies of CBT

  • Theoretical Foundations
    • 1st Wave and Behavioral Therapy
    • 2nd Wave CBT Interventions
    • Recent 3rd Wave Advances (Mindfulness)
  • Essential Elements of CBT with Youth
    • CBT Psycho-Education with Youth & Parents
    • Transparency & Collaboration
    • Structure of the CBT Therapy Session
    • Socratic Questioning & Guided Discovery
    • Managing CBT Homework
    • Integrating 3rd Wave Advances
  • Therapeutic Alliance with Youth
    • Case Conceptualization & Treatment Planning
    • Confidentiality & Parent Involvement
    • Developing “SMART” Goals
    • Motivational Counseling with Youth

CBT for Depression, Anxiety, PTSD, OCD, ODD, ADHD, Bipolar Disorder and Insomnia

  • CBT for Youth Depression
    • The CBT Model of Depression
    • Developmental Manifestations of Youth Depression
    • Psycho-Education for Depression & CBT
    • Mindfulness Practices for Youth Depression
    • Mood Monitoring
    • Behavioral Activation
    • Cognitive Processing: Identify “Stinking Thinking”
    • Cognitive Restructuring: Be a “Thought Detective”
    • Problem Solving Skills
    • Assertiveness Skills
  • CBT for Anxious Youth
    • CBT Model of Anxiety
    • Anxiety Psycho-Education
    • Mindfulness Practices for Youth Anxiety
    • Cognitive Restructuring: Catastrophic Thinking & Low Self-Efficacy
    • Social Skills Training
    • Gradual Exposure Therapy: Imagino & Invivo Exposure
    • CBT for Social Phobia
    • CBT for Separation Anxiety & Night Fears
    • CBT for Panic & Worry
    • CBT for Perfectionism
  • CBT for PTSD
    • Neuro-Science of Trauma
    • UCLA PTSD Reaction Index for DSM-5®
    • CBT Model of PTSD
    • Trauma-Focused CBT
    • PTSD Psycho-Education
    • Mindfulness Practices for PTSD
    • Affective Awareness & Modulation
    • Cognitive Coping
    • Writing a Trauma Narrative
    • In-Vivo Mastery of Trauma Reminders
    • Conjoint Child-Parent Sessions
  • CBT for Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder
    • CBT Model of OCD
    • Psycho-Education for OCD
    • Declaring war on OCD
    • Parent & Family Involvement
    • OCD Hierarchy
    • OCD Mapping
    • Cognitive Processing & Restructuring
    • Gradual Exposure & Response Prevention
    • Relapse Prevention & Booster Sessions
    • Psycho-Tropic Medication for OCD
  • CBT for Oppositional-Defiant Disorder
    • Evidenced-Based Treatments for ODD
    • How to Counter Scapegoating
    • 25 Positive Parenting Skills for ODD
    • Conflict De-Escalation Skills
    • Family Behavioral Contracts
    • Enhancing Family Communication
    • Family Problem Solving
    • Home-School Report Cards
  • CBT for ADHD
    • ADHD Evaluation
    • Parent Management Training
    • Home-School Report Cards
    • Teaching Executive Functioning Skills
  • Pediatric Bipolar Disorder & Disruptive Mood Dysregulation Disorder
    • Rapid Cycling & Diagnosis
    • Child Mania Rating Scale & Assessment Tools
    • Medications
    • Cognitive Model of Bipolar Disorder
    • Identifying Mood Symptoms: Keeping a Mood Chart
    • Managing Mania Symptoms
    • Social Rhythm Therapy
    • Parent Counseling & Involvement
    • Crisis Management
    • Disruptive Mood Dysregulation Disorder
  • Adolescent Sleep Disorders & Insomnia Special Applications for CBT
    • Adolescent Sleep Patterns
    • Two Process Model of Sleep
    • Behavioral Model of Insomnia
    • 5 Factor Cognitive Model of Insomnia
    • Developing & Utilizing a Sleep Diary
    • Sleep Efficiency
    • Stimulus Control Training
    • Improving Sleep Hygiene
    • Cognitive Interventions for Worry
    • Identifying and Altering Sleep Safety Behaviors
  • Suicide Assessment & Prevention
    • The CBT Model of Suicide
    • Youth Suicide Prevalence
    • Suicide Risk Factors
    • Suicide Protective Factors
    • Assessment: Columbia Suicide Severity Rating Scale
    • Recent Advances in Safety Planning
    • Behavioral Chain Analysis
    • Reasons for Living
    • Hope Box
    • Distress Tolerance Skills
  • CBT for Co-occurring Substance Use Disorders
    • CBT Model for Substance Use Disorders
    • Neuro-Biology of SUD
    • Developmental Model of SUD
    • Motivational Enhancement Therapy (MET)
    • Developing Treatment Goals
    • Level of Care Determination
    • Functional Family Therapy for SUDs
    • Dual Disorders Treatment
  • Parent Involvement
    • Confidentiality
    • Evaluation & Treatment Planning
    • Check-In & Check-Out
    • Parent Psycho-Education
    • CBT Homework

Target Audience

  • Counselors
  • Social Workers
  • Psychologists
  • Psychotherapists
  • Addiction Counselors
  • Marriage & Family Therapists
  • Case Managers
  • School Guidance Counselors
  • School Psychologists
  • School Social Workers
  • Educators
  • Mental Health Professionals Who Work with Children

Copyright : 01/16/2019

Trauma-Informed CBT for Children & Adolescents: A Clinical Playbook for Integrating Structure with Client-Centered Flexibility

Sometimes we struggle to balance individual kids’ needs with implementing evidence-based care.

We know evidence-based treatment is an important goal, but statistics and research only go so far if the intervention isn’t the right fit for the child in the room.

Part of the experience of trauma is a sense of loss of control and disempowerment. Traumatized young clients need an active hand in their treatment, and as therapists we must foster this while implementing evidence-based care.

Dr. Amy Marschall, psychologist certified in TF-CBT and expert in evidence-based care for children and adolescents, will teach you how to balance the structure of CBT and the flexibility of a trauma-informed approach, in a way that meets each child’s unique needs.

In this one-day event, you’ll learn to:

  • Integrate effective CBT techniques with a trauma-informed approach
  • Adapt your approach when you feel “stuck” in treatment
  • Gain confidence treating children with histories of trauma
  • Choose from a robust arsenal of techniques and tricks that are useful in-the-moment
  • Reduce trauma-related symptoms: hypervigilance, rumination, people pleasing, dissociation, aggression, and more
  • Teach kids concrete therapeutic skills while staying attuned to their trauma-related needs
  • Empower kids to take an active role in their treatment!

Don’t miss this opportunity to create your go-to trauma-informed playbook...

Purchase today!

Program Information


  1. Integrate a trauma-informed approach to assessment, treatment planning, and sessions.
  2. Employ a collaborative approach to treatment planning, balancing relevant, specific, and time-measurable goals with each client’s articulated goals for their care.
  3. Modify therapeutic interventions based on client feedback of their unique needs, preferences, and history.
  4. Utilize trauma-informed, evidence-based cognitive behavioral interventions in sessions, including mindfulness activities, breathing exercises, visualizations, metacognition, and psychoeducation.
  5. Apply evidence-based cognitive-behavioral techniques while teaching clients to identify what does or does not work for them about each technique, and adjust interventions appropriately in light of client feedback.
  6. Assess behavioral issues from a trauma-informed perspective, with an emphasis on identifying and addressing underlying needs rather than consequences or punishments for problem behaviors, and educate parents on how to implement this approach outside of sessions.


What Trauma Looks Like in Children & Adolescence

  • Adverse Childhood Experiences
  • Growing up During COVID: A New Stressor
  • Preverbal Trauma
  • Trauma-Related Emotional and Behavioral Issues
Trauma-Informed Assessment & Treatment Planning
  • Developmental trauma interview; ACEs score; Trauma Symptom Checklist
  • Assessment is not finite; how to continually assess client safety and therapeutic needs
  • Integrating behavioral and emotional goals
  • What does it mean to feel “better”?
How to Elevate Your Practice Utilizing CBT and Trauma Informed Techniques
  • Actively engaging kids with a child-centered approach
  • Balancing the structure of CBT with flexibility/nuance of a trauma-informed lens
  • Integrating concrete skill-building into trauma processing work
  • Getting to the root cause of each child’s unique trauma needs
A Playbook for Implementing Trauma-Informed CBT (Worksheets, scripts & demonstrations included)
  • Preparing clients for trauma work
    • Psychoeducation: deciding what information is helpful and how to present it
    • Identifying the child’s level of anxiety/physiological arousal
    • Teaching children the language around trauma
  • Affective Monitoring
    • When feelings are happening – press pause/go with the flow
    • Noticing when emotions start to get bigger – feelings thermometer/feelings spectrum/volcano
    • Mindfulness and body awareness
  • Metacognition –
    • Noticing thoughts as they come – watching the clouds/radio station
    • Emotional reaction to those thoughts – naming feelings/emoji feelings
    • Thought stopping activities
  • Narrative therapy
    • With specific trauma memories – writing vs dictating poem/children’s book/ narrative story
    • Without specific memories - exploring when they learned about the trauma/ exploring feelings related to the knowledge of the trauma
  • Relaxation Techniques that children enjoy
    • Mindful bowling/juggling
    • Guided safe place visualization
    • Body scan
    • Muscle relaxation
    • Stong like a tree
    • Art therapy
    • Music
Clinical Considerations
  • The art of getting caregiver buy-in for participation in treatment
  • Balancing honoring the client’s needs and requests with evidence-based practice and treatment goals created by guardians
  • Sometimes developmental trauma needs to be re-processed as the child gets older
  • Determining/Discerning how much treatment is “enough” for the child’s developmental age/
  • stage
  • Cultural diversity considerations for trauma work
  • Limitations of the research and potential risks

Target Audience

  • Psychologists
  • Social Workers
  • Counselors
  • Marriage & Family Therapists
  • Speech-Language Pathologists
  • Occupational Therapists
  • School Administrators
  • Physicians
  • Teachers/School-Based Personnel

Copyright : 04/29/2022

Trauma-Focused Therapy for Autistic Children: Using EMDR, TF-CBT and Sensorimotor Therapy with Kids and Teens on the Spectrum

So many kids today are on the autism spectrum…and up to 70% of them have trauma or other co-occurring disorders. It’s a rapidly growing population needing services.

And if you provide therapy for kids and adolescents, the current lack of those services will push them into your care… and push you beyond your traditional scope of practice.

How can you work with this growing wave of trauma clients in a way you feel comfortable?

Sean Inderbitzen, APSW has worked with hundreds of clients with autism and co-occurring disorders. And not only does Sean work with clients with autism he himself is on the autism spectrum.

In this one-day training Sean will show you simple solutions for adapting the skills and techniques you already know to successfully treat trauma in kids and adolescents with autism.

Full of insights from the perspective of both a clinician and a person on the spectrum, Sean will show you how you can:

  • Use strategies for overcoming therapy interfering behaviors and concrete thinking
  • Employ a Polyvagal lens to make trauma treatment clear and understandable
  • Create visual aids for enhanced psychoeducation on trauma symptoms
  • Bring specific simplified language into your work with ASD clients
  • Adapt proven techniques from EMDR, TF-CBT and Sensorimotor Psychotherapy

Whether or not you consider yourself an autism expert, these kids and teens need your help.

Don’t miss this one-of-kind chance to grow your clinical skills and expand your scope of practice, so you can comfortably and confidently treat trauma in kids with autism.

Purchase now!

Program Information


  1. Apply a Polyvagal Model of autism to the treatment of ASD and PTSD.
  2. Develop differential diagnostic practices to prevent diagnostic overshadowing between PTSD, OCD and ASD.
  3. Use social stories to help individuals with ASD process thoughts and feelings about their trauma and learn coping skills.
  4. Use simplified language to overcome deficits in expressive and receptive language differences and ensure comprehension when teaching breathing and relaxation techniques to neurodiverse clients.
  5. Investigate the research limitations of applying trauma treatment techniques to children and adolescents with trauma.
  6. Apply specific modifications to adapt EMDR, TF-CBT and Sensorimotor Psychotherapy for use with children and adolescents with autism and PTSD.


Autism and Trauma: Overlap and Treatment Implications

  • What is the window of tolerance and its relevance to Polyvagal theory?
  • Rethinking autism: A Polyvagal Model of autism
  • Implications of trauma on executive dysfunction and memory
  • A case study of an autistic child with PTSD and dissociative amnesia
The Diagnostic Intersection of Autism, OCD and PTSD
  • Diagnostic criteria for ASD
  • Diagnostic overshadowing in ASD, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and PTSD
  • Applying Polyvagal theory to the intersection of a state specific model of autism
  • Implications to diagnosis and treatment of autism and PTSD
EMDR for Kids with ASD and PTSD:
Adapting Social Stories and Tapping for Enhanced Treatment
  • EMDR protocol walkthrough
  • Visual aids for improved psychoeducation on trauma symptoms
  • Adapting social stories to the treatment of trauma in children with ASD
  • Using tapping for simple stress reduction
  • Case study
  • Research and limitations
Sensorimotor Psychotherapy:
Treat the Symptoms of Unresolved Trauma in the Body
  • Mindful awareness of the body – helping kids with autism identify triggers
  • Modified mindfulness exercises to activate calm in children with ASD and PTSD
  • Simplified language to teach deep breathing and relaxation techniques
  • Case study
  • Research and limitations
Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy:
Adaptations to Address Developmental Level and Increase Comprehension
  • Modifications for using Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral therapy
    • Strategies to increase generalization
    • Tips for overcoming concrete thinking
    • Integrating visual learning to illustrate points
  • Deepening TF-CBT practices with motivational interviewing
  • Research and limitations
  • Applying EMDR, TF-CBT, and Sensorimotor Psychotherapy to a state specific model of ASD

Target Audience

  • Counselors
  • Social Workers
  • Psychologists
  • Case Managers
  • Physicians
  • Addiction Counselors
  • Therapists
  • Marriage & Family Therapists
  • Nurses
  • Other Mental Health Professionals

Copyright : 07/22/2022

CBT Strategies for Kids and Adolescents: Supporting Students with ADHD and Anxiety

School’s back in session – but that’s not good news for everyone.

A safe haven for some and a source of significant stress for others, school presents a number of unique stressors  – particularly those with anxiety or ADHD.  And as they navigate their new normal at school, they’ll need more support than ever.  Are you prepared?

Join child and adolescent CBT expert Dr. David Pratt for this compelling 90-minute training designed to set you and your clients or students up for success in the school year

You’ll learn:

  • Why students with anxiety and/or ADHD are especially vulnerable to difficulties re-entering school after a prolonged absence
  • Easy to implement CBT strategies and tools to help your students meet academic and social demands of school
  • And more!

This training is a must-attend for anyone working with school-age kids and adolescents.

Program Information


  1. Determine the unique characteristics and challenges that students with anxiety or ADHD have with respect to coping with the academic and social demands of the school environment;
  2. Utilize evidence-based interventions to help the anxious or ADHD student make a positive adjustment to re-entering school subsequent to a prolonged absence due to COVID-19 quarantine. 
  3. Develop interventions for teaching executive functioning skills to children and adolescents with ADHD.


School Anxiety:  Why Avoidance is not the Solution

  • A problem on a continuum:  From early morning pleas to stay home to chronic absences
  • Common triggers for avoidance
  • 4 functions of school refusal; CBT interventions designed to match each one 
  • Therapist – parent – school cooperation

ADHD:  More Than a “Behavior Problem”

  • 7 executive functioning (EF) skills deficits underlying ADHD
  • Guidance for teachers and parents to teach EF skills 
  • Interventions for motivation, time management, problem solving, emotional self-control, and more

Target Audience


Social Workers


Marriage and Family Therapists


School Psychologists

School Counselors

School Social Workers

Educational Paraprofessionals

School Administrators

Speech-Language Pathologists

Occupational Therapists

Occupational Therapy Assistants


Case Managers

Other Helping Professionals Who Work with Children

Copyright : 05/21/2020

CBT Toolbox for Children and Adolescents

The CBT Toolbox for Children and Adolescents gives you the resources to help the children in your life handle their daily obstacles with ease. Written by clinicians and teachers with decades of experience working with kids, these unique and effective therapy tools are vital to teaching youth how to cope with and overcome their day-to-day struggles.

Step by step, you'll see how the best strategies from Cognitive Behavioral Therapy are adapted for children to treat:
- Trauma
- Autism
- Anxiety
- Depression
- Conduct Disorders