Certificate in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy with Children and Adolescents

During this 4-day Certificate in Cognitive Bahaviour Therapy with Children and Adolescents interactive training program, participants will be introduced to cognitive behavioural techniques and strategies for working with children and adolescents.

  • The ABC's of dysfunctional behaviour and emotional disturbance will be learned
  • Specific dysfunctional beliefs will be explained
  • Methods for replacing these beliefs with more functional thoughts will be outlined
  • Specific CBT approaches effective with children and adolescents will be taught
  • Behavioural management and contingency management
  • Parenting and consultation skills will be included
  • Participants will have an opportunity to practice these new skills each day

Course Leaders:

Dr Monica O'Kelly

Dr Dom DiMattia

Bronwyn Tarrant

Daily Structure:

  • Lecturer Input (9:00am - 12:30pm)
  • Lunch & Practice Session with Partner (12:30pm - 2:00pm)
  • Skills Supervision (2:00pm - 5:00pm)

Prescribed Reading:

  • CBT in Action: A Practitioner's Tool Kit, by Dr M O'Kelly (included in the course cost)

Dates & Venues 2018:

Please download a booking form by clicking on the blue Booking Form button.

Cost: Australia $1416 (cost includes GST) & Singapore AUD $1516
Discounts: One of the following may be applied for - Full-time student $200 / Early registration $100 if paid by 1st Feb Melb, Towns, 1st March Singapore, Sydney, 1st April Adelaide, Perth / 3 or more registrations from the same workplace $100 discount per person

Please Note: Participants will need to bring a recording device (dictaphone or mobile phone with voice recording capability) for use in the afternoon session.

Cancellation Policy: Notice of cancellation must be received in writing to CBT Australia ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ).  Cancellations received by 5pm a minimum of 10 days prior to the commencement of a course are eligible for a refund (less 10%). Cancellations received AFTER this date, are ineligible for a refund, however, may be transferred to another course conducted within a 12 month period of the initial registration, upon payment of an additional 20% fee. Registrations are transferable to another person upon application.

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Course Outline:

DAY ONE: Introduction to CBT with Children & Adolescents


  • Principles and practice of CBT
  • ABC's of CBT Approaches
  • Dysfunctional thoughts, feelings and behaviours
  • Cognitive Restructuring
  • Live Demonstration


  • Participants will practice identifying dysfunctional thoughts and their relationship to dysfunctional emotions
  • Role playing in dyads
  • Questions and discussion

DAY TWO: Applications of CBT with Children & Adolescents


  • The interface between CBT and child and adolescent development
  • Basic principles of CBT as specifically applied to young clients
  • Introduction of C.A.T. model
  • Assessing thoughts, feelings and behaviors: specific developmental considerations and techniques
  • Creative, developmentally appropriate disputation techniques
  • More effective techniques to help children and adolescents enhance their emotional and behavioral well-being
  • Video tape demonstration/child or adolescent client


  • Participants will practice creative cognitive restructuring approaches
  • Role playing in dyads
  • Questions and discussion

DAY THREE: Applications of CBT for use with Parents


  • Dysfunctional beliefs held by parents (need for approval, perfectionism & LFT)
  • Behavioural management techniques in managing Children and Adolescents
  • Consultation skills with parents
  • Managing parents' emotions
  • Teaching High Frustration Tolerance to parents


  • Participants will practice behavioural management techniques with parents
  • Role playing in dyads
  • Questions and discussion

DAY FOUR: CBT for Internalising & Externalising Disorders


  • Key factors in assessing and treating child and adolescent depression
  • Key factors in assessing and treating child and adolescent anxiety
  • Effective CBT intervention strategies for treating depression and anxiety in young clients
  • Creative, effective CBT intervention strategies for treating other internalising and externalising disorders in young clients, such as: self-depreciation, procrastination, perfectionism, acting out, underachievement, grief, stress, frustration


  • Participants will practice using CBT with young clients
  • Role playing in dyads
  • Questions and discussion

CBT Australia 4-day workshops are $1,416.00 (early bird registration $1,316.00)  

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