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CBT for Youth

March 21 @ 8:00 am - March 23 @ 5:00 pm

Presenter: Robert Friedberg, PhD 

Dates: March 21-23, 2022 8:30 AM–4:00 PM Eastern Time 

Fee: $875

Includes full technical support, handouts, and CE credits.

Online Webinar

There is no known commercial support nor conflict of interest for this program.

Please scroll to the bottom of this page to register.




This experiential workshop covers the basics of cognitive behavior therapy (CBT) for children and adolescents with depression, anxiety, and disruptive behavior problems. Topics covered include how to develop a conceptualization based on the cognitive model, plan treatment, and deliver CBT interventions to children, adolescents and their families. Specialized techniques are described and demonstrated for clients with depression, suicidality, anxiety-spectrum disorders.

This workshop will focus on the unique challenges of working with children and the importance of delivering CBT techniques in the context of a strong working alliance. Participants will learn how to use the cognitive model to better understand children in distress. There will also be discussion of how to work with families and to include them effectively in CBTCBT techniques, such as empirically-supported cognitive and behavioral interventions that have shown particular efficacy with anxiety, depression, and disruptive behavior problems will be illustrated.


Learning Objectives

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

Participants will learn to

  • Conceptualize a client according to the cognitive model
  • Identify negative automatic thoughts
  • Design and use conceptualization-based cognitive interventions
  • Design and use conceptualization-based behavioral interventions
  • Work effectively with parents and families
  • Apply interventions to a wide variety of children and problems


Application Deadline

March 21,  2022 or until all training spaces are filled, whichever comes first.

Notification of Acceptance

Applicants will be notified, via email, of acceptance when registration is complete and payment is received.

Refund/Cancellation Policy 

Tuition/registration payments are refundable (minus $50) until February 21,  2022. Cancellations after this date are non-refundable. In this situation, we will attempt to find someone to take your slot (based on our waiting list).


Conference is via webinar. For live options, there will be handicap accessibility.

Course level


Level of clinician 



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CE Information:

Continuing Education Credit is granted through Nefesh International for the following professions:  Psychologists, Social workers, Mental Health Counselors, and LMFTs. It is the participant’s responsibility to check with their individual state boards to verify CE requirements for their state.

NEFESH International, Inc. is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Psychology as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed psychologists #PSY-0116.

NEFESH International is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed marriage and family therapists #MFT-0046

NEFESH International is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for Mental Health Counselor #MHC-0082

NEFESH International is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #SW-0048.

This program is co-sponsored by NEFESH International and Neuhoff Psychological Consulting . NEFESH International is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. NEFESH International, maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

Satisfactory Completion:

Participants must have paid the tuition fee, logged in and out each day, attended the entire webinar, and completed an evaluation to receive a certificate (for pre-recorded program, a post-test with a passing grade of 80% is required.) Failure to log in or out will result in forfeiture of credit for the entire course. No exceptions will be made. Partial credit is not available. Certificates are available electronically after satisfactory course completion. A link will be provided for those who have completed the training.



Robert D. Friedberg obtained his PhD in Clinical Psychology from the California School of Professional Psychology –San Diego and completed his post-doctoral fellowship at the Center for Cognitive Therapy-Newport Beach. Currently, he is a tenured Full Professor, Head of the Pediatric Behavioral Health Care Emphasis, and Director of the Center for the Study and Treatment of Anxious Youth at Palo Alto University. Friedberg is a Board Certified Diplomate in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, a former Extra-mural Scholar at the Beck Institute for Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, a Founding Fellow of the Academy of Cognitive Therapy, a Fellow of the American Psychological Association, and a Fellow of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapy (ABCT). He was named a Spotlight Mentor by ABCT. Friedberg is the author of eleven books including Clinical Practice of Cognitive Therapy with Children and Adolescents (2015 with Jessica McClure),  new CBT-Express (with  Drs. Jessica McClure, Micaela Thordarson, and &  Marisa , Keller) , the new Handbook of CBT for Pediatric Medical Conditions (with Dr. Jennifer Paternostro) and the  forthcoming Cognitive Behavior Therapy with Youth: Tradition and Innovation (with Dr Brad Nakamura).  He is also currently at work on a new book on creative applications of CBT with Dr. Erica Rozmid and a major research project studying intolerance of uncertainty and COVID related thoughts in children and parents. Finally, Dr. Friedberg has authored many journal articles, book chapters, and national/international presentations.



Friedberg, R. D. (2021). We’re not in Kansas anymore: Reimagining a new yellow brick road for treating youth and their families in the peri- and post-pandemic periods. Practice Innovations, 6,  275–287.


Riise,  E.N.., Wergeland, J.G.H., Njardvik, U., & Öst, L.G. (2021). Cognitive behavior therapy for externalizing disorders in children and adolescents in routine clinical care: A systematic review and meta-analysis, Clinical Psychology Review,  83, 101945


Wergeland,.J.G.H.,  Riise, E.N., & Öst, L-G. (2021).Cognitive behavior therapy for internalizing disorders in children and adolescents in routine clinical care: A systematic review and meta-analysis, Clinical Psychology Review83, 101918


Program Schedule: 


Day 1:


8:30 AM – 10:30 EST Overview, Case Formulation, Basic Principles and Concepts,
10:30 – 10:45 Break
10:45 – 12:00 Case Examples, Practice, Stance Variables

Session structure, Modular approach to CBT with youth

12:00 – 1:00 Lunch
1:00 – 2:30 Session Structure, Transdiagnostic Modular Approach Part I Demonstrations, Practice
2:30 – 2:45 Break
2:45  – 4:00 Transdiagnostic Modular Approach Part II Demonstrations, Practice


Day 2: 
8:30- 10:30 EST Treatment of Depression: Psychoeducation, Target Monitoring, Basic Behavioral Tasks Demos and Practice 
10:30 – 10:45 Break
10:45 – 12:00 Treatment of Depression :Cognitive Restructuring , Behavioral Experiments Demos and Practice
12:00 – 1:00 Lunch
1::00 – 2:30 Treatment of Suicidality Part I: Non-suicidality self-injury, chain/functional analysis, Safety planning
2:30-2;45 Break
2:45 – 4:00 Treatment of Suicidality: Cognitive and behavioral interventions, Demos and Practice
Day 3: 
8:30 – 10:30EST Treatment of Anxiety: Psychoeducation, Target Monitoring, Behavioral Tasks Demos and Practice


10:30 – 10:45 Break
10:45 – 12:00 Treatment of Anxiety: Cognitive Interventions and Exposure Demos and Practice
12:00 – 1:00 Lunch
1:00 – 2::30 Treatment of Disruptive Disorders: Psychoeducation, Target Monitoring, Parent-Child Behavior management, family interventions Demos and Practice
2::30- 2:45 Break
2:45- 4:00 Treatment of Disruptive Disorders: Individual interventions Demos and Practice



March 21 @ 8:00 am
March 23 @ 5:00 pm