Cognitive Behavior Therapy for Children and Adolescents (Level 1)

Specialty Workshop

Under the direction of Judith S. Beck, Ph.D., and led by Torrey Creed, Ph.D., this experiential workshop covers the basics of cognitive behavioral therapy for children and adolescents with depression and anxiety.  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 and anxiety. Training focuses on therapy with clients between the ages of 7 and 18. The workshop features a special question and answer and role-play session with Dr. Aaron Beck. Participants are encouraged to prepare or have in mind cases for discussion or role-play.


How do I know if Level 1 (CBT for Children and Adolescents) is right for me?

The Level 1 workshop will be useful if you would like to:

  • more consistently use CBT session structure (set a collaborative agenda, bridge between sessions, review and set new homework, ask for feedback at every session),
  • more consistently use a cognitive case conceptualization to guide an individualized treatment plan,
  • be more comfortable using youth-appropriate techniques and language (engagement and motivation, guided discovery, experiential learning) to help clients shift their beliefs and behaviors.


You can attend a different workshop first, if need be, and then take Level 1. However, the skills listed above should be strong prior to attending the Level 2 Child and Adolescent workshop.


[This training is geared towards certification in CBT through the Academy of Cognitive Therapy and includes 18 CE/CME credits]

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Applicant Prerequisite:

Doctorate or master's degree (or equivalent degree for practioners outside of the U.S.) in a mental health, medical, or related field. Core 1 Workshop recommended.

Workshop Duration:

3 Days, Mon-Wed: 8:45am - 4:00pm

Workshop Location:

Beck Institute | Directions


Torrey Creed, Ph.D.




18 credits

Workshop Curriculum:

Day 1: Overview of CBT for Children and Adolescents

  • Introduction and overview of CBT
  • The general Cognitive Model
  • The role of family in the development and maintenance of beliefs and behavior
  • Case conceptualization of individuals and families
  • Cognitive models of anxiety and depression
  • Experiential exercises

Day 2: Cognitive and Behavioral Interventions in CBT

  • Structuring sessions
  • Identifying thoughts and feelings
  • Cognitive interventions: thought records, guided discovery, cognitive restructuring and the 3 Cs
  • Experiential exercises
  • Question and answer session with Dr. Aaron Beck

Day 3: Putting it all Together: Case Conceptualization Driven Interventions

  • Behavioral interventions: behavioral experiments, problem solving, activity monitoring, activity scheduling, graded task assignment, hierarchical exposures
  • Conceptualization of a client with depression: choosing and implementing interventions
  • Conceptualization of a client with anxiety: choosing and implementing interventions
  • Experiential exercises

Trainees receive a letter verifying participation in this program.


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Travel and hotel information

There are two hotels within walking distance of the Beck Institute. The Hilton City Avenue is directly across the street, and the Crowne Plaza Philadelphia West is three walkable blocks away. The Crowne Plaza also offers a shuttle to Beck Institute trainees that will take you to and from our office each morning and afternoon. When you register for a workshop, you will be provided with information to book your room at the “Beck Institute Rate”.


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Upcoming Dates

Space is limited. Your payment, due upon acceptance, guarantees your space.

  • Feb 22–Feb 24 2016 Apply
  • May 09–May 11 2016 Apply