Some fears and worries are typical in children, but persistent or extreme forms of anxiety and fear can interfere with a child’s daily functioning. Children who have been diagnosed with Anxiety Disorders make up a large percentage of the case loads of child therapists. There are many kinds of Anxiety in children including Generalized Anxiety and Phobias.  This training provides multiple examples of using CBPT with children presenting with anxieties and fears.


At the end of the module, participants should be able to:

  1. Understand how to use CBPT for children who are anxious and fearful
  2.  Identify Cognitive and Behavioral interventions used in treating anxious/fearful children
  3. Know how to use bibliotherapy (both published books, and books made with the child in therapy) to help anxious/fearful children.
  4. Generalize from the case examples to adapt CBPT for other presenting fears and phobias


The course is aimed at:

  • Psychiatrists
  • Psychologists
  • Clinical Social Workers Or Licensed Independent Social Workers
  • Licensed Professional Counselors
  • Licensed Marriage And Family Therapist
  • Licensed Mental Health Clinical Nurse Practitioner
  • Psicologo abilitato (IT)
  • Psicoterapeuta o studente in formazione (IT)
  • Neuropsichiatra Infantile abilitato alla psicoterapia (IT)

The delivery of the certificate of attendance at the conclusion of the course will be tied to the evaluation of the participants' requirements. In the absence of the requirements, the course hours will not be certified. 



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Susan M. Knell holds a PhD in Clinical Psychology and a MA in Developmental Psychology. She is the author of the book, Cognitive Behavioral Play Therapy (1993) which has been translated into Italian and Turkish. As the first to study and write about the application of Cognitive Behavior Therapy to young children, she integrated Cognitive Behavioral interventions and Play therapy in developmentally sensitive ways. She has written chapters on CBPT in many edited books on Play Therapy. As a clinical Psychologist, she has provided assessment and therapeutic services to children, adolescents, and adults for almost 40 years. In addition to her clinical practice, she supervises graduate students, trains mental health professionals internationally, and has done research and teaching.