Category: Child / Adolescent - Anxiety


Institute 3 - Emphasizing the FUN in the Fundamentals of CBT With Youth

Thursday, November 16
1:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Location: Indigo 202 A, Level 2, Indigo Level

Keywords: Child | Treatment Development | Transdiagnostic
Presentation Type: Institutes
Level of Familiarity: Basic to Moderate

Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) with youth is a well-established treatment for many psychological problems in youth. However, CBT with children and adolescents often requires a playful and fun approach to treatment even though serious issues are addressed. CBT with youth is quite different than therapeutic work with adults.It is rare that young patients are self-referred. Young people are more action oriented and prefer doing to talking. Third, disclosing private painful thoughts and feelings to an unfamiliar adult can be a scary experience. Therefore, finding welcoming ways to engage these children, help them process their inner experiences, problem solve obstacles, and decrease their avoidance is necessary. This institute, an extension of the mini-workshop on metaphors and CBT with youth presented at past ABCT meetings, offers attendees various suggestions for CBT interventions that emphasize the fun in fundamental clinical work with youth.
Learning objectives are achieved through topic sequencing, case examples, demonstrations, and handouts. The presentation begins with a brief review of the fundamentals of CBT with youth, including key concepts (e.g., collaborative empiricism, session structure). Part two specifically deals with "fun" adaptions of traditional interventions. Attendees learn engaging ways to do psychoeducation, such as Volcano and Spot the Dirty Trick. They acquire innovative methods for target monitoring, including Brainstorm and What's Bugging You? In addition to "fun" exposures, entertaining and creative behavioral tasks (e.g., Puzzle Pieces, Build a Bear) and cognitive restructuring methods (e.g., Label Fable, Changing Tune) are also presented.

Earn 5 continuing education credits

Learning Objectives:

Recommended Reading: Friedberg, R.D., & McClure, J.M. (2015). Clinical practice of cognitive therapy with children and adolescents: The nuts and bolts (2nd ed). New York: Guilford.
Kendall, P.C., Gosch, E., Furr, J., & Sood, E. (2008). Flexibility within fidelity. Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, 47, 987-993.
Nangle, D.W., Hansen, D.J., Grover, R.L., & Kingery, J.L. (2016). Treating internalizing disorders in children and adolescents. New York: Guilford.

Robert D. Friedberg

CSTAY at Palo Alto University


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