Cognitive Behavioral Therapy 


Adaptations for Adolescents


Advanced | Clinical Interventions

1.75-2.00 CE Credits | 2 Hrs

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About the Course


This course is for you if you have adolescent clients that could benefit from learning cognitive behavioral therapy techniques. Because many mental disorders manifest during adolescence, it is important to provide effective therapy in a way that younger clients will find helpful. Cognitive behavioral therapy can be used to treat clients of all ages. In Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Adaptations for Adolescents, you will learn how to develop a rapport with your younger client, appropriately include their parents or guardians in the treatment process, navigate issues of confidentiality, and analyze the developmental factors that affect your client.

NOTE: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Foundations—A Skills-Based Approach is a prerequisite for this course. You will not receive credit for this course unless you have first completed Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Foundations.

Estimated Course Length: 2 hrs. 30 min

Course Includes: 3 modules with over 20 components in each module (components consist of a mixed media approach with roleplays, video interviews with subject matter experts, animation explainer videos, knowledge games, and more)

Companion Videos: 3 companion videos for your clients specifically designed to reinforce skills learned in cognitive behavioral therapy treatment; over 120 mental health literacy videos for clients on a host of mental health topics

Downloadable PDFs: 6 downloadable PDFs expanding on relevant course topics

Target Audience: Mental Health Providers 

Level of Instruction: Advanced

Prerequisite: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Foundations: A Skills-Based Approach

Instructional Method: Self-paced, interactive, hybrid of audio, text, video, and learning checks

Accessibility Accommodations: Color contrast; transcripts of video components; closed captioning of audio and video components

After completing this course, you will be able to describe and employ the following:

  1. Describe the connection between cognition, emotion, and behavior in adolescents according to the CBT model. The description must include a clinical interpretation of how each component interacts.

  2. Determine developmental factors that affect adolescents, relating the connection between these factors and adolescent mental health.

  3. Assess three CBT session techniques: behavioral and cognitive modification, healthy coping skills, and client homework assignments.

  4. Identify adolescent client engagement and progress using measurement-based care and readiness for termination of therapy using a post-therapy plan that utilizes these three techniques: maintenance, anticipating setbacks, and booster sessions.

Course Activities for CE Credits: ≥ 1 hr. 53 min

  • Pre-Course Assessment (10 minutes) [EXCLUDED FROM ACTIVITIES FOR NBCC & CAMFT CREDIT]

  • Module 1: The Basics (20+ minutes)

  • Module 2: Practical Tips for Working with Adolescents (31+ minutes)

  • Module 3: Partnering with Parents (34+ minutes)

  • Theory Tank (8+ minutes)

  • Post-Course Assessment (10 minutes) [EXCLUDED FROM ACTIVITIES FOR NBCC & CAMFT CREDIT]

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