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Cognitive Behavior Therapy for Pediatric Anxiety Disorders

Presented by Michael A. Tompkins, PhD, ABPP

Presenter Bio

Michael A. Tompkins, PhD, ABPP is a licensed psychologist (PSY 13822) and board certified in Behavioral and Cognitive Psychology by the American Board of Professional Psychology. Dr. Tompkins is the co-director of the San Francisco Bay Area Center for Cognitive Therapy and faculty member for the Beck Institute for Cognitive Behavior Therapy. He is the author of numerous articles and chapters on cognitive-behavior therapy and related topics, as well as 14 books, including his best-selling book for teens, My Anxious Mind: A Teen’s Guide to Managing Anxiety and Panic (Magination Press, 2010), which is included in the Reading Well for Young People initiative sponsored by the Wellcome Trust, London, United Kingdom. His newest books for teens are, Zero to Sixty: A Teen’s Guide to Manage Frustration, Anger and Everyday Irritations (Magination Press, 2020) and Stress Less: A Teen’s Guide to Live a Calm Chill Life (Magination Press, 2023). His latest book for professionals is the Cognitive-Behavior Therapy for OCD in Youth: A Step-by-Step Guide (American Psychological Association, 2019). Dr. Tompkins serves on the Advisory Board of Magination Press, the children’s press of the American Psychological Association.

Anxiety disorders are among the first psychiatric conditions to emerge in childhood and is the most common mental health conditions across the life span (Merikangas et al., 2010). The long-term consequences of untreated anxiety disorders include increased risk for subsequent mood disorders, substance misuse, disruptive behaviors, suicidal behavior, educational underachievement, and later adult economic disadvantage (Kendall et al., 2010; Ranøyen et al., 2018). Cognitive-behavior therapy (CBT) is the psychological treatment of choice for youth with anxiety disorders (Higa-McMillan et al., 2016; Mohatt et al., 2014; Silverman et al., 2008) and is an efficacious and durable treatment approach (Seligman & Ollendick, 2011). Cognitive-Behavior Therapy for Pediatric Anxiety Disorders is a 3-hour virtual training that provides clinicians with an overview of cognitive-behavior therapy for pediatric anxiety disorders. The workshop presents a concrete framework for implementing cognitive and exposure-based interventions and includes guidelines for constructing exposure hierarchies, for implementing exposure strategies, and for managing relapse.

Course Objectives

At the conclusion of this course, participants will be able to:

  1. Describe the key features of the cognitive model applied to pediatric anxiety disorders.
  2. Describe key cognitive interventions for pediatric anxiety disorders.
  3. Describe key steps to implement graduated exposure for pediatric anxiety disorders.

Instructional Level


Licensed mental health professionals employed through Kaiser Permanente and psychological assistants performing under supervision of a licensed psychologist.

This CE program is free to Kaiser Permanente employees.
Instructional Methodology
On-line Presentation

Continuing Education Information

Kaiser Permanente Northern California Mental Health Training Program is approved by the California Psychological Association to provide continuing professional education for psychologists. The Kaiser Permanente Northern California Mental Health Training Program maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

Refund and Attendance Policy

All programs offered on KP Learn for CE credit through the KP Northern California Mental Health Training website are free of charge to Kaiser Permanente Staff and trainees. Once a course is selected in the KP NCAL MH Training Website, the registration process begins, and it will appear in the individuals KP Learn profile for completion within 90 days.

IMPORTANT NOTICE: Those who attend the program in full and complete the appropriate evaluation form will receive CE credits. Please note that credit will only be granted to those who attend the entire program. An attestation of attendance will be given once the individual has completed viewing the program, which will then initiate the final steps of completing the evaluation forms to receive a certificate of completion.

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