Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is one of the most difficult disorders to treat in young children. This presentation will discuss the gold standard approach of Exposure and Response Prevention (E/RP) as an intervention for OCD. Consideration will be covered of the difficulties of treatment for young children, who often do not have the motivation to work on decreasing their obsessions and compulsions. This module presents examples of using CBPT with children who present with OCD.


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

  1. Understand how CBPT can be used to treat OCD in young children
  2. Know how to use E/RP with children
  3. Identify some of the problems with treating very young children with OCD
  4. Use bibliotherapy as an intervention with children with OCD


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. 



The gold standard approach to treat OCD in children is Exposure and Response Prevention. Learn how it can help your patients.


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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.