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CBT Toolbox for Children & Adolescents: Evidence-based Strategies to Target Specific Behaviors and Diagnosis

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Amanda Crowder, MSW, LCSW
6 Hours 20 Minutes
Mar 07, 2024
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“Fix my kid!”—that desperate cry of parents and caregivers who walk into your office seeking help.

You start the therapeutic process with your go-to techniques. And your young client progresses…for a while. But when they fail to make additional gains, or even regress, your skills as a therapist are put to the test. When all your usual tools have been exhausted, you’re left feeling helpless and wondering how to move forward.

Watch Amanda Crowder, LCSW, as she delivers an energetic, technique-heavy workshop that will breathe new life into how you approach avoidant, and complex client cases—with creative, activity-based CBT interventions!

Through powerful must-have CBT techniques, case examples, activities, exercises, and hands-on practice you will be able to:

  • Improve outcomes for children and adolescents with disruptive behaviour, trauma, anxiety, self-injurious behaviours and more
  • Easily integrate these essential skills in your practice and allow you to individualize them for a variety of disorders and temperaments
  • Drastically increase children’s engagement in treatment, improve emotional functioning, strengthen relationships, maximize academic engagement, and minimize acting-out behaviours
  • Create an affiliation between you, the child, and family members - boosting parent/child satisfaction, motivation, and retention in therapy

You’ll leave feeling prepared and empowered to improve the lives of your most difficult-to-treat young clients with a creative, activity-based CBT approach!


Planning Committee Disclosure - No relevant relationships

All members of the PESI, Inc. planning committee have provided disclosures of financial relationships with ineligible organizations and any relevant non-financial relationships prior to planning content for this activity. None of the committee members had relevant financial relationships with ineligible companies or other potentially biasing relationships to disclose to learners.  For speaker disclosures, please see the faculty biography.


This online program is worth 6.5 hours CPD.



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Amanda Crowder, MSW, LCSW, is co-author of the best-selling book CBT Toolbox for Children and Adolescents: Over 200 Worksheets & Exercises for Trauma, ADHD, Autism, Anxiety, Depression & Conduct Disorders. Amanda is an expert at moving evidence-based interventions into practical methods for application and moving research into action. She has created and adapted evidence-based interventions to work with the most challenging children, adolescents, and families in the most difficult situations. By helping to establish the Trauma Informed Care initiative within Carolinas Medical Center, Amanda has proven her leadership in moving clinical concepts into practice. Amanda runs a private practice in Charlotte, NC, and continues to work for Carolinas Medical Center within a crisis center and virtual mental health emergency room. Her specialties include depression, anxiety, trauma, behavioral issues, and family issues. Amanda uses realness, humor, and passion to build rapport with clients and audiences.

Speaker Disclosures:
Financial: Amanda Crowder maintains a private practice. She receives a speaking honorarium, book royalties, and recording royalties from PESI, Inc. She has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.
Non-financial: Amanda Crowder is a member of the ISSTD.

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  1. Formulate strategies to develop a therapeutic alliance that engage children and adolescents in easy, creative and effective therapeutic cognitive behavbehaviouralvities.
  2. Apply, practice, and integrate evidence-based CBT techniques to modify and change maladaptive behaviours.
  3. Assess, challenge and replace negative self-talk, thoughts, assumptions and core beliefs.
  4. Practice fun and creative emotional regulation activities that help children & adolescents strengthen their emotional language, thus reducing dysregulation.
  5. Communicate the importance of collaboration with families and utilize approaches to engage families in the treatment of children and adolescents.
  6. Utilize the CBT thought record and mood charting in order to enhance data-based decision making.


Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT): Brief Overview

  • CBT model and tools of change
  • CBT’s influence on the evolution of other models
  • Cultural and developmental limitations
  • Limitations of the research and potential risks

Enhance the Structure of CBT Sessions Concrete Strategies to:

  • Build a therapeutic relationship
  • Manage resistance and avoidance
  • Differentiate between cognitive distortions and core beliefs
  • Identify and disempower problematic negative beliefs
  • Tailor identification and expression of feelings
  • Provide psychoeducation and skills for parents
  • Practice an “easy-to-follow” case conceptualization & treatment planning model



  • Cognitive narratives and trauma stories
  • Utilization of play
  • Build resilience
  • Symptom relief and coping mechanisms

ODD, Conduct Disorder, Disruptive Behaviours, & Anger

  • Assessment, diagnosis, and treatment planning
  • Anger, aggression, and dysregulation
  • Communication
  • Build alliances and positive relationships
  • Emotional vocabulary and regulation

Anxiety, Depression & OCD

  • Assessment, diagnosis, and medications
  • Externalize “bad” worry
  • Identify body reactions
  • Assertiveness skills
  • The need for control

Mood Disorder

  • Mood charting
  • Reframe thoughts
  • Create peace and gratitude
  • Body mindfulness and control

Self-Injurious Behaviours & Suicidality

  • Assessment and treatment strategies
  • Self-esteem and confidence building
  • Identify negative self-talk
  • Problem solving and coping skills
  • Foster motivation

Parental Supports

  • Attachment
  • Receive and give love
  • Choices as a problem-solving skill
  • Set and keep limits and boundaries
  • Structure and routine
  • Rewards and punishments
  • “Time outs” for parents

Target Audience

  • Counsellors
  • Social Workers
  • Psychologists
  • Psychotherapists
  • Addiction Counsellors
  • Art Therapists
  • Marriage & Family Therapists
  • Case Managers
  • Mental Health Professionals
  • School Counsellors
  • School Social Workers
  • School Psychologists
  • Educators
  • Occupational Therapists & Occupational Therapy Assistants
  • Speech-Language Pathologists



Overall:      4

Total Reviews: 1


Margaret E

"End of training felt rushed. Unfortunate to have less time on more troubling cases examples. Handouts were very low resolution and seemed unusable due to lack of quality."

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