“I know that it can be difficult to engage children and adolescents in the treatment process. These kids are often very “reluctant doers”. Reaching this population and engaging them in meaningful therapy is quite a challenge indeed. To improve treatment, I developed my own structured therapeutic activities and wasn’t sure what was going to happen when my co-therapist and I introduced them, but we thought it was worth a try. We were surprised, and relieved, to see kids responding so well. They came to group, participated in the activities, and began to self-disclose intimate details of their lives and struggles. By using the evidence-based, structured, therapeutic activities outlined in this program, you can present treatment in a more relatable manner and help kids learn practical skills to manage depression, anxiety, and self-harm or suicidal urges.”
David M. Pratt, Ph.D., MSW
This training parallels Dr. Pratt’s recently published book, CBT Toolkit for Depressed, Anxious and Suicidal Children and Adolescents (PESI, 2019) and brings to life over 100 structured therapeutic activities you can readily use. Don’t miss this opportunity to enhance your clinical skills and provide the high-quality treatment children and adolescents both need and deserve.
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Manual - 2-Day CBT Toolkit for Depressed, Anxious and Suicidal Children and Adolescents
David M. Pratt, Ph.D., MSW, is a New York State Licensed Psychologist with 40+ years’ experience working with children, adolescents and families. Dr. Pratt is in private practice at the Western New York Psychotherapy Services in Amherst, NY. He is presently on faculty with the University at Buffalo, School of Social Work, Office of Continuing Education and a member of 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 has conducted numerous trainings in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy at local, state, national and international forums. He is the author of 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 (in press, PESI, Publishing, Inc.).
Financial: David Pratt is in private practice. He receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.
Non-financial: David Pratt has no relevant non-financial relationship to disclose.
Access for Self-Study (Non-Interactive)
Access never expires for this product.
Integrate “First and Second Wave” CBT skills with more recent “Third Wave” (mindfulness) advances with youth.
Formulate strategies to develop a therapeutic alliance that engage children and adolescents in easy, creative, and effective therapeutic cognitive-behavioural activities.
Practice effective collaboration with youth and parents toward targeted, mutually defined treatment goals.
Apply, practise, and integrate evidence-based CBT techniques to modify and change maladaptive behaviours.
Utilize CBT psychoeducation to elicit “buy-in” from most difficult clients.
Analyze, challenge, and replace negative self-talk, thoughts, assumptions and core beliefs.
Construct practical skill-building worksheets and structured therapeutic activities to clarify and teach complex CBT skills for child and adolescent depression, anxiety, and self-harm prevention.
Employ fundamental and advanced evidence-based CBT skills to help your young clients manage depression, anxiety, and self-harm behaviours.
Develop a deep understanding of recent advances in the neuroscience of stress and how to re-train the distressed brain.
Evaluate exposure therapy techniques including imagino and in-vivo exposure to resolve anxiety.
Utilize evidence-based suicide risk assessment, safety planning to prevent suicide and self-harm behaviour.
Assess effective parental involvement in the treatment process while maintaining client confidentiality to mitigate depression, anxiety, and self-harm risk.
Therapist Guidelines: Keys to Success
Psychoeducation: Knowledge is power
Therapy tips: Anxiety and depression
Introducing CBT to the client and parents
Limitations of the research and potential risks
Goal Setting and Motivational Counseling: Are You and Your Client Working Together?
Why goals are important
Assessing the consequences of anxiety and depression
Pros and cons analysis
Mindfulness: Calming the Emotional Brain to Utilize the Rational Mind
Amygdala hijack & the neuroscience of stress
The effects of adrenalin & cortisol on the body
Mindfulness meditation & brain functioning
Typical stress response vs. desired stress response
Mindfulness skills for children & adolescents
Mindfulness practice & monitoring
Mood Monitoring: How to Help Kids Be Aware of Their Feelings
Feeling awareness games
Feelings and trigger situations
Subjective units of distress scale (SUDS)
Daily and weekly mood monitoring
Behavioural Activation: Let’s Get Active Again!
The CBT paradigm: Behavioral activation and depression
Behaviour monitoring: Typical school & weekend day
Life values and activities
Identifying and overcoming barriers to healthy activities
Conduct a behavioural activation experiment
Cognitive Processing: Helping Kids Tune into Their Thoughts
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