Cognitive behavioral therapy for pediatric obsessive-compulsive disorder: Development of expert-level competence and implications for dissemination

Journal Article

Pediatric obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is associated with substantial morbidity, comorbidity, family difficulties, and functional impairment. Fortunately, OCD in youth has also been found responsive to cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) both alone and in combination with medication. This paper highlights key areas a treatment provider must be highly knowledgeable in to be considered an expert in cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) for pediatric obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). We describe the areas of knowledge that must be mastered to gain expertise, as well as the more difficult to quantify personal qualities that may allow a clinician to convey this knowledge in an expert manner. We provide detailed discussions of CBT theory, assessment strategies, implications of the treatment outcome literature for clinical decision-making, and how best to navigate CBT. We also discuss what the expert needs to accomplish by engaging youth and families throughout the evaluation and treatment process. © 2013 Elsevier Ltd.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Franklin, ME; Dingfelder, HE; Coogan, CG; Garcia, AM; Sapyta, JJ; Freeman, JL

Published Date

  • December 1, 2013

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 27 / 8

Start / End Page

  • 745 - 753

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1873-7897

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0887-6185

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1016/j.janxdis.2013.09.007

Citation Source

  • Scopus