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4-DAY IMMERSIVE Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Certification Training to Treat Children and Adolescents: Master the Art of Integrating the Three Waves of CBT

David M. Pratt, PhD, MSW
Approx. 25 Hours
Feb 20, 2024
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Watch me, David Pratt, PhD, MSW, for an immersive Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Certification Training where you’ll delve into mastering the art of integrating the three waves CBT with young clients!

I will personally guide you through how to expertly blend Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Mindfulness Cognitive Therapy, Cognitive Processing Therapy, Acceptance & Commitment Therapy, Positive Psychology, and the revolutionary Polyvagal Theory with behavioral and cognitive therapies in treatment.

This transformative technique will empower you to effectively address a wide spectrum of DSM-5™ TR diagnoses in youth, regardless of the severity, including:

Depression • Anxiety • PTSD • Abuse • ODD • Conduct Disorder • ADHD • OCD • Bipolar Disorder • Substance Use Disorders • Suicide Prevention • Sleep Disorders

Not only will you reduce and transform their symptoms, you’ll also contribute to their holistic healing.

Learn how to skillfully integrate:

  • Cognitive restructuring
  • Exposure therapy
  • Mindfulness
  • Behavior activation
  • Social emotional and social skills training
  • Resilience and positive psychology interventions
  • Acceptance and change-oriented strategies such as ACT and DBT
  • And more!

Through engaging case studies, discussions, role-plays, experiential activities, group work, and reproducible handouts, you’ll take away a contemporary set of tools to apply immediately with any client.

And that’s not all! Upon completion, you’ll qualify for the Certified CBT Clinician (CBT-C) certification* through Evergreen Certifications - fee is FREE with today’s purchase, a $349.99 value! Certification signifies your expertise in utilizing CBT with young clients, enhancing your professional standing.

It’s time to roll up your sleeves and skillfully apply the three waves CBT with even your most difficult young clients! Purchase now!

*Professional standards and additional certification requirements apply. See the additional certification requirements at


Step 1: Complete the CBT Certification training
Step 2: Complete the CE test and instantly print your CE certificates
Step 3: Complete your 2 clinical consults with an Evergreen-approved CBT expert (sold separately)
Step 4: Submit your certification application to Evergreen Certifications*

Evergreen Certified CBT Clinician (CBT-C) Certification fee is FREE with today’s purchase, a $349.99 value! Additional fee for consultation applies*

*Professional standards and additional certification requirements apply. Learn more at


Planning Committee Disclosure - No relevant relationships

All members of the PESI, Inc. planning committee have provided disclosures of financial relationships with ineligible organizations and any relevant non-financial relationships prior to planning content for this activity. None of the committee members had relevant financial relationships with ineligible companies or other potentially biasing relationships to disclose to learners.  For speaker disclosures, please see the faculty biography.

CE Information Coming Soon

Continuing education credit information is coming soon for this non-interactive self-study package.

CEs may be available for select professions, as listed in the target audience. Hours will be dependent on the actual recording time. Please check with your state licensing board or organization for specific requirements. 

There may be an additional fee for CE certificates. Please contact our Customer Service at 1-800-844-8260 for more details. 

**Materials that are included in this course may include interventions and modalities that are beyond the authorized practice of mental health professionals. As a licensed professional, you are responsible for reviewing the scope of practice, including activities that are defined in law as beyond the boundaries of practice in accordance with and in compliance with your professions standards.


David M. Pratt, PhD, MSW's Profile

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David M. Pratt, PhD, MSW, is an internationally renowned expert and author in the field of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) with over 40 years of experience successfully integrating CBT in his work with children, adolescents and families. Dr. Pratt is a New York State licensed psychologist with a private practice at the Western New York Psychotherapy Services in Amherst, NY. He is on faculty with the University at Buffalo, School of Social work, Office of Continuing Education and a member of the New York State, Office of Mental Health Advisory Board on Evidence-Based Treatments for Youth. He was the principal psychologist at the Western New York Children’s Psychiatric Center, clinical assistant professor of psychiatry at the University at Buffalo and adjunct professor/lecturer, University at Buffalo Counseling, School and Educational Psychology department.

Dr. Pratt conducts numerous trainings in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy at local, state, national and international forums. He is the author of popular books including CBT Toolkit for Depressed, Anxious and Suicidal Children and Adolescents (PESI Publishing, Inc., 2019) and Advanced CBT Toolbox for Children and Adolescents: Promoting Resilience, Positive Emotions and Personal Growth (PESI Publishing Inc., 2022).

Speaker Disclosures:
Financial: Dr. David Pratt maintains a private practice and has an employment relationship with the University of Buffalo. He receives compensation as a consultant. Dr. Pratt receives a speaking honorarium, recording, and book royalties from PESI, Inc. He is a paid consultant for Evergreen Certifications. He has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.
Non-financial: Dr. David Pratt serves on the advisory board for the New York State Office of Mental Health.


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  1. Utilize CBT theory in practical interventions with children and adolescents.
  2. Choose evidence-based CBT treatments for child and adolescent behavior disorders.
  3. Identify when to integrate “First and Second Wave” CBT skills with more recent “Third Wave” interventions.
  4. Formulate mutually defined treatment goals with young clients and their parents.
  5. Choose CBT methods to engage reluctant adolescent clients in treatment.
  6. Select CBT skill building worksheets and structured therapeutic activities for youth anxiety disorders.
  7. Utilize CBT psychoeducation to create awareness of thoughts, feelings, and behaviors.
  8. Identify fundamental and advanced evidence-based CBT skills to help young clients manage depression.
  9. Identify behavioral activation techniques to help clients re-engage in healthy social/ recreational activities.
  10. Identify depression oriented cognitive distortions.
  11. Identify healthy, realistic thoughts using “Socratic Questioning” and “Thought Detective.”
  12. Develop a suicide safety plan based on an evidence-based suicide risk assessment.
  13. Utilize a “behavioral chain analysis” to assist clients in reviewing the micro-events that contributed to their self-harm or suicidal crisis.
  14. Use assertiveness and problem-solving skills to reduce depression and anxiety symptoms.
  15. Identify child friendly mindfulness activities to help young clients relax their emotional brain and “fight-flight” reaction.
  16. Compare imaginal and in-vivo gradual exposure techniques for managing anxiety symptoms.
  17. Identify recent advances in the neuroscience of trauma.
  18. Develop a “Trauma Narrative” to resolve discrete and “Complex Trauma.”
  19. Define the practice principals of prolonged exposure with childhood trauma.
  20. Utilize Exposure with Response Prevention to resolve obsessive-compulsive rituals.
  21. Identify techniques to involve parents and family members in the management of OCD.
  22. Utilize evidence-based interventions for ADHD including “Executive Functioning” skills and “School-Home Report Cards.”
  23. Identify Pediatric Bipolar Disorder using differential diagnosis methods.
  24. Select CBT interventions to manage mania symptoms.
  25. Define Pediatric Bipolar Disorder for purposes of client psychoeducation.
  26. Utilize evidenced-based screening, motivational enhancement, level of care determination, and treatment methods for youth with substance use disorder and dual diagnoses.
  27. Identify adolescent sleep patterns that are indicative of insomnia.
  28. Use evidence-based CBT interventions for youth sleep disorders.


Foundational Theory Underlying CBT Interventions: Opening the Doors to This Work

  • Behavioral approaches (First Wave)
  • Cognitive approaches (Second Wave)
  • Mindfulness and acceptance approaches (Third Wave Advances)

Build a Solid CBT Treatment Foundation: Step-by-Step Guide

  • Transparency and collaboration in therapy
  • Conduct a treatment planning session
  • Structure a CBT session
  • Develop collaborative SMART treatment goals
  • Enhance client motivation for treatment
  • Effective utilization of psychoeducation
  • Involve parents in the treatment process
  • Hands-On Practice: Applied Clinical Training
  • Conduct a bio-psycho-social evaluation and diagnostic screening
  • Formulate a CBT case conceptualization
  • Conduct a transparent and collaborative CBT treatment planning session

Integrate Traditional CBT Techniques with Third Wave Interventions: How and When to Blend Therapies

  • Behavioral and cognitive therapy
  • Dialectical Behavior Therapy
  • Mindfulness Cognitive Therapy
  • Cognitive Processing Therapy
  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy
  • Positive psychology
  • Polyvagal theory

CBT for Youth Depression

  • CBT depression paradigm
  • Psychoeducation for youth and families
  • Mood monitoring: Non-judgmental selfawareness tools
  • Youth-friendly mindfulness interventions
  • Behavioral activation: Let’s get moving again!
  • Cognitive processing: Tuning thoughts without judgment
  • Cognitive restructuring: Socratic questioning and how to be a thought detective
  • Problem-solving techniques to identify solutions
  • Assertiveness training to resolve internalized distress
  • Positive psychology applications to build resilience
  • Hands-On Practice: Applied Clinical Training
  • Develop a depression CBT case conceptualization
  • Help client identify their automatic thoughts and dispute them
  • Help client recognize realistic, positive thoughts to fight depression

CBT for Youth Self-Harm and Suicide Prevention

  • Suicide risk factors and warning signs
  • Evidence-based suicide risk assessments
  • Evidence-based suicide prevention safety plan
  • Behavioral chain analysis to prevent future self-harm behavior
  • Explore reasons for living to reinforce positive motivations
  • Emotional distress tolerance skills to manage intense emotions
  • Hope box to enhance coping skills and evoke positive emotions
  • Promote resilience through:
    • Acceptance & Commitment Therapy
    • Positive psychology interventions
  • Hands-On Practice: Applied Clinical Training
  • Conduct a suicide risk assessment
  • Develop a suicide prevention safety plan
  • Conduct a behavioral chain analysis to prevent future self-harm behaviors

CBT for Youth Anxiety Disorders

  • The CBT Anxiety Disorders Paradigm
  • Psychoeducation: Classical conditioning, negative reinforcement, and the neuroscience of anxiety
  • Mindful meditation to quell the emotional brain and engage the rational thinking/problem solving brain
  • TF-CBT and cognitive restructuring to identify/dispute catastrophic automatic thoughts
  • How to develop an anxiety hierarchy
  • Gradual exposure therapy: Imaginal and in vivo exposure
  • Target interventions for anxiety disorders including phobias, separation anxiety, panic, social phobia, generalized anxiety disorder, and somatic symptom disorder
  • Social skills training to overcome social anxiety
  • Positive psychology to cultivate positive
  • Hands-On Practice: Applied Clinical Training
  • Develop an anxiety coping plan
  • Conduct imaginal and in-vivo exposure

CBT for Youth Trauma and PTSD

  • Behavioral, neuroscience and CBT models of trauma
  • Prolonged Exposure for PTSD: Theory and implementation
  • The TF-CBT Model: “PRACTICE”
  • Psychoeducation
  • Relaxation training and mindfulness
  • Affective awareness: Non-judgmental awareness of thoughts, feelings and behaviors
  • Cognitive coping: Practicing cognitive processing and restructuring
  • The trauma narrative: Prolonged exposure
  • In-Vivo mastery of trauma reminders: Gradual exposure therapy
  • Conjoint parent-child sessions
  • Enhance your client’s safety: Develop a personalized safety plan
  • Manage parental vicarious traumatization
  • Build positive parenting skills to enhance child’s trauma recovery
  • Positive psychology interventions to promote trauma resilience
  • Hands-On Practice: Applied Clinical Training
  • Conduct the “PRACTICE” model to provide structure and prioritize safety, emotional regulation, and the development of coping skills
  • Conduct a trauma narrative: Reframe the trauma experience

CBT for Youth Disruptive Behavior Disorders (ODD/CD & ADHD)

  • The CBT model of ODD and CD: The Aggression Attribution Bias
  • Importance of parent training and family behavioral approaches
  • The parent-child escalation cycle
  • Parent skill-building strategies to effectively manage child’s behavior
  • Positive parenting approaches to reinforce positive child’s behaviors
  • Techniques for conflict de-escalation and resolution skills
  • ADHD: A neuro-developmental disorder
  • Executive functioning skills for ADHD
  • Academic interventions for ADHD
  • Positive psychology interventions
  • Hands-On Practice: Applied Clinical Training
  • Identify and implement positive parenting practices: Family Behavioral Contract

CBT for Youth Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder & Bipolar Disorder

  • The CBT Model of OCD
  • How pediatric OCD impacts the whole family
  • Develop a toolkit of skills to fight OCD
  • Declaring war on OCD: Exposure therapy with response prevention
  • Evidence-based treatment of BD
  • Psychoeducation and the therapeutic relationship with child and parents
  • How to manage mania symptoms
  • Positive psychology interventions
  • Hands-On Practice: Applied Clinical Training
  • Develop and implement an exposure therapy with response prevention to manage OCD

CBT for Youth Substance Use Disorder & Insomnia

  • Developmental model of SUD
  • CBT model of Substance Use Disorder
  • How CBT can effectively address SUD in adolescents
  • Evidence-based CBT and family-based treatments
  • Two process model of sleep
  • Behavioral model of insomnia
  • 5 factor cognitive model of insomnia
  • 12 evidence-based methods to improve sleep
  • Hands-On Practice: Applied Clinical Training
  • Develop a craving coping card with your client
  • Create a CBT-I sleep plan with client and parents

Target Audience

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


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