Course title in Estonian: Laste ja noorukite kognitiiv-käitumisteraapia  
Course title in English: Cognitive Behaviour Therapy with Children and Adolescents          
The type of training: Continuing professional training for adults
Nominal duration: 0,5 years
Volume: 10 ECTS (260 hrs: 96 hrs of face to face study and 164 hrs of practical homework)
Language of instruction: Estonian

Objectives of the course: Acquisition of the skills of CBT with children and adolescents/professional competency B2.9 of Child Clinical Psychologist Evidence based psychological interventions with children, see Estonian professional standard Clinical Psychologist, level 7 (

Learning outcomes:
1. knows the theories and techniques of CBT with children/adolescents and is able to implement them;
 2. is able to counsel the child and his/her network;
 3. is able to conceptualize the problems of the child/adolescent and his/her network into disorder-specific CBT model;
 4. is able to plan CBT interventions for child, his/her parents and network and conduct the therapy process;
 5. is able to assess the coping resources (e.g. social, emotional, cognitive) of the family and network in order to plan the interventions and enhance collaboration;
 6. is able to analyze the efficacy of the therapy and make changes in the intervention plan.

Content of the course: Adaptation of the basic techniques of CBT to the age and developmental level of the child; establishing and maintaining collaborative therapeutic relationship with children and parents; conceptualization and socialization into CBT; setting goals and developing the plan for therapy; work with automatic thoughts and underlying beliefs; behaviour modification; additional techniques; evaluation of patient`s condition and therapy outcomes; relapse prevention and termination of therapy. Child/adolescent CBT specific to different disorders: depression, anxiety disorders (incl. phobias, GAD, social phobia, panic, OCD, PTSD), ADHD and behaviour disorders.

Entry requirements: Prerequisite is graduation of the Advanced course in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy. Admission is based on an intake interview. Preference is given to the CBT therapists working with children and adolescents.

Graduation requirements: Class attendance, home assignments submitted in time (presented at training sessions). Final exam consists of written part (a case conceptualization) and practical work (a recorded therapy session). Participants who successfully passed the course receive a certificate of graduation, giving the right to practice CBT with children and adolescents.

Training rooms, equipment & materials: The room confirms to the occupational health and safety requirements as prescribed in the Occupational Health and Safety Act and is equipped to enable comfortable training environment for each participant.

Trainers: CBT therapists with full training in CBT and work experience in CBT with children and adolescents.

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