Phone: 301.593.6554

Training Institute for Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Children and Adolescents

Through our Cognitive Behavior Training Institute, mental health professionals participate in a 2-year training program designed to advance their expertise and experience in the understanding of and provision of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy with children and adolescents. The Institute provides both didactic training and consultation/case discussion. Trainings take place every other month and last 3 hours and 15 minutes (3 hours of instruction with a 15 minute break). Small group consultation sessions occur during the alternate months and are 90 minutes. No meetings are scheduled during the months of July and August. Participants who complete at least 8 of the 10 didactics and at least 7 of the 9 consultation meetings will be considered eligible for the Certificate of Completion at the end of the two-year training period. Each group is led by an experienced Alvord Baker & Associates therapist with expertise in CBT.

For the 2022-2024 Training Institute there are four unique training opportunities. All are virtual via Zoom with the exception of number 4 (Home Study):

1) Full Certificate program: Ten 3-hour live didactic workshops, plus nine 90-minute small case consultation group meetings. All participants receive a copy of Conquer Negative Thinking for Teens by Alvord & McGrath and Take Control of OCD a Kids Guide to Conquering Anxiety and Managing OCD by Bonnie Zucker.

2) Didactic only program: Ten 3-hour live didactic workshops

3) Individual didactic workshops, live: Register for one or more workshop listed below. Each provides 3 CE credits.

4) Home Study option: Recorded 3-hour workshop. Purchase one workshop session or multiple sessions. You will be required to complete a post-test to receive your CE credits.

To register online, Click here.

Download information and mail-in registration: PDF.

For additional information, contact our Professional Development coordinator, Dr. Keri Linas (301) 593-6554 ext. 58, or email:

The following is our didactic workshop schedule for the 2022-2024 CBT training:

11/04/2022Tenets of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Enhanced
with Motivational Strategies
Mary Alvord, Ph.D.
12/02/2022Consult Group #1
Cognitive Behavioral Treatment of Childhood
Anxiety Disorders
Bonnie Zucker, Psy.D.
1/20/2023Consult Group #2
2/10/2023Application of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for
Specific Anxieties in Children and Adolescents
Elizabeth Malesa, Ph.D.
3/17/2023Consult Group #3
4/28/2023Incorporating Others in Treatment of
Childhood Anxiety Disorders
Heather Loffredo, Psy.D.
5/19/2023Consult Group #4
6/09/2023Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Depression in
Children and Adolescents
Anahi Collado, Ph.D.
9/29/2023Consult Group #5
10/13/2023Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Panic Disorder in
Children and Adolescents
Colleen Cummings, Ph.D. &
Keri Linas, Ph.D., Psy.D.
11/17/2023Consult Group #6
12/15/2023Cognitive Behavioral Treatment of Social Anxiety in
Children and Adolescents
Colleen Cummings, Ph.D. &
Keri Linas, Ph.D., Psy.D.
1/12/24Consult Group #7
2/9/2024Cognitive Behavioral Treatment of Obsessive-Compulsive
Disorder in Children and Adolescents
Bonnie Zucker, Psy.D.
3/8/24Consult Group #8
4/12/2024Behavioral Parent Training for
Disruptive Childhood Behaviors (CE 3)
Nina Shiffrin Starin, Ph.D.
5/10/2024Consult Group #9
6/7/2024Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for
Children and Adolescents

Alvord, Baker Associates, LLC is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Alvord, Baker Associates, LLC maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

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