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 last 90 minutes. No meetings are scheduled during the months of July and August.

Participants will receive a continuing education certificate for each didactic presentation that they attend either online or in person. Participants who complete at least 75% of the total institute training hours will receive a Certificate of Completion at the end of the two-year institute. Each group is led by an experienced Alvord Baker & Associates therapist with expertise in CBT.

For the 2020-2022 Training Institute there are four unique training opportunities. All are virtual-only at least through June 2021. The second year (September 2021 to June 2022) will continue to offer virtual (didactic and consult group) with the possibility of an in-person option depending on the state-of-emergency:

1) Full Certificate program: Ten 3-hour live didactic workshops, plus nine 90 minute small case consultation group meetings, includes a copy of Dr. Mary Alvord’s book, Conquer Negative Thinking for Teens: A Workbook to Break the Nine Thought Habits That Are Holding You Back and the audio CD, Relaxation and Self-Regulation Techniques for Children and Teens: Mastering the Mind-Body Connection

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

3) Individual didactic workshops, live: Purchase one workshop or multiple sessions by selecting below.

4) Home study option: One recorded 3 hour workshop. Can purchase one workshop or multiple sessions. You will be required to complete a post-test to receive your CE credit.

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 seminar schedule for the 2020-2022 CBT training:

11/6/2020Theoretical and Practical Introduction to
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy(CE:3)

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Mary Alvord, Ph.D.
Cognitive Behavioral Treatment of Childhood
Anxiety Disorders

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Bonnie Zucker, Psy.D.
2/19/2021Application of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for
Specific Anxieties in Children and Adolescents
Kelly O’Brien, Ph.D.
4/23/2021Incorporating Others in Treatment of
Childhood Anxiety Disorders
Heather Loffredo, Psy.D.
6/04/2021Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Depression in
Children and Adolescents
Mary Alvord, Ph.D.
10/15/2021Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Panic Disorder in
Children and Adolescents
Colleen Cummings, Ph.D. &
Keri Linas, Ph.D., Psy.D.
12/10/2021Cognitive Behavioral Treatment of Social Anxiety in
Children and Adolescents
Colleen Cummings, Ph.D. &
Keri Linas, Ph.D., Psy.D.
2/11/2022Cognitive Behavioral Treatment of Obsessive-Compulsive
Disorder in Children and Adolescents
Bonnie Zucker, Psy.D.
4/29/2022Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Attention Deficit / Hyperactivity
and Oppositional Defiant Disorder with a Focus on Parent Training
Nina Shiffrin, Ph.D.
6/10/2022Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for
Children and Adolescents
Andrea Chisolm, Ph.D.

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.