Time to complete: 1.5 hours

Number of credits hours:
CE Approvals
General Info
Lumate Inc. is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists.
Lumate Inc. maintains responsibility for this program and its content. 
John Piacentini, Ph.D., is a Professor in the UCLA Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences and founding Director of both the UCLA Child OCD, Anxiety and Tic Disorders Program, and the UCLA Center for Child Anxiety, Resilience, Education, and Support (UCLA CARES).

His research has been funded by the National Institutes of Health and other leading mental health foundations and organizations, and focuses on the development and testing of effective treatments for youth anxiety, OCD, tics, and body focused repetitive disorders. This work has resulted in over 300 scientific papers and seven books.

John has held leadership positions in multiple national organizations, including as current Chair for the Scientific Advisor Board (SAB) for the TLC Foundation for BFRBs and SAB Co-Chair for the Tourette Association of America.  He is also a former president of the American Board of Professional Psychology (ABPP) and the Society for Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology (SCCAP), and a founding fellow of the Academy of Cognitive Therapy. John is a frequent lecturer and has taught thousands of clinicians, educators and parents around the world in the recognition and and management of anxiety and other child mental health problems.

John received his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Georgia and completed his predoctoral internship at UCLA, and post-doctoral training at Columbia University/NY State Psychiatric Institute, where he was also a faculty member for several years.

Select Publications:

  1. Walkup, J., Albano, A.M., PIACENTINI, J., Birmaher, B., Compton, S., Sherrill, J., Ginsburg, G., Rynn, M., McCracken, J., Waslick, B., Iyengar, S., March, J., & Kendall, P. Cognitive-behavioral therapy, sertraline and their combination for children and adolescents with anxiety disorders: acute phase efficacy and safety. New England Journal of Medicine, 359:2753-2766 (2008)
  2. PIACENTINI, J., Bennett, S., Compton, S., Kendall, P., Birmaher, B., Albano, A.M., March, J., Sherril, J., Sakolsky, D., Ginsburg, G., Rynn, M., Bergman, R.L., Gosch, E., Waslick, B., McCracken, J., Walkup, J. Six-month outcomes for the Child/Adolescent Anxiety Multimodal Study (CAMS), Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, 53:297-310 (2014).
  3. PIACENTINI, J., Bergman, R.L., Chang, S., Langley, A. Peris, T., Wood, J., & McCracken, J. Controlled comparison of family cognitive behavioral therapy and psychoeducation/relaxation-training for child OCD, Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, 50:1149-1161 (2011).
  4. PIACENTINI, J., Woods, D., Scahill, L., Wilhelm, S., Peterson, A., Chang, S., Ginsburg, G., Deckersbach, T., Dziura, J., Levi-Pearl, S. & Walkup, J. Randomized trial of behavior therapy for children with Tourette’s disorder, Journal of the American Medical Association, 303:1929-1937 (2010).
  5. Tuerk, P., Schaeffer, C., McGuire, J., Larsen, M.A., Capobianco, N., PIACENTINI, J. 2019, Adapting evidence-based treatments for digital technologies: A critical review of functions, tools, and the use of branded solutions. Current Psychiatry Reports, 21:106. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11920-019-1092-2
  6. Chang, S.W., Kuckertz, J., Bose, D., Carmona, A., PIACENTINI, J., Amir, N. Efficacy of Attention bias training for child anxiety disorders: A randomized controlled trial Child Psychiatry Human Development. 2019 50: 198-208 (2019).

Authored Books:
  1. PIACENTINI, J. Optimizing cognitive-behavioral therapy for childhood psychiatric disorders. Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, 47:481-482 (2008).
  2. PIACENTINI, J. Langley, A., & Roblek, T. Overcoming Childhood OCD: A Therapist’s Guide, New York: Oxford University Press (2007). (also published in Mandarin Chinese and Polish)
  3. Woods, D., PIACENTINI, J., Chang, S., Deckersbach, T., Ginsburg, G., Peterson, A., Scahill, L., Walkup, J., & Wilhelm, S. Managing Tourette Syndrome: A Behavioral Intervention for Children and Adults, New York: Oxford University Press (2008). (also published in Swedish, Korean, and Russian)
  4. Peris, T., PIACENTINI, J. Positive Family Interaction Therapy for Childhood OCD. New York: Oxford University Press (2016).
  5. Flessner, C. & PIACENTINI, J. (Eds.). Clinical Handbook of Psychological Disorders in Children and Adolescents: A Step-By-Step Treatment Manual. New York: Guilford (2017).

John Piacentini, Ph.D. ABPP

Strategic Clinical Advisor
Description: Many therapists who have learned CBT for anxiety disorders still have a lack of familiarity with, or concerns about, implementing exposure exercises. However, providing a rationale for exposures and engaging in effective exposure exercises is key to symptom reduction and relapse prevention. In this online workshop, participants will receive an overview of the CBT case conceptualization and core treatment modules for adolescent anxiety disorders.Participants will receive the most current peer-reviewed articles about applied exposure practice.They will gain fluid understanding of the rationale for exposure. Using case vignettes and role play, participants will practice how to explain rationale to patients and create a collaborative,detailed and specific exposure practice list. Participants will learn how to incorporate developmental stage, patient diversity and home/community resources into exposure goals. All formats for exposure will be reviewed, including in-vivo, imaginal, and interoceptive exposures.Participants will also learn how to conduct exposures over digital platforms (i.e., virtual sessions,virtual reality programs). Methods for assigning exposure practice will be reviewed, and motivational enhancement strategies for exposure practice will be described and role-played.Participants will receive handouts to accompany the live webinar, which will include tip sheets for all skills discussed and client handouts that can be adapted to fit clinicians’ needs/patient profiles.

Learning Objectives:

Solidify knowledge of exposure literature and rationale for inclusion in treatment for anxiety

Demonstrate familiarity with guiding patients on how to build a fear and avoidance list, and discuss how this will guide behavioral exercises within and outside of session

Coach exposures across diverse methods (i.e., in-vivo, imaginal, and interoceptive) and modern formats (i.e., teletherapy and virtual reality platforms).

Format and Length:
Recorded video format (non-interactive, 1.5 hours)

Interoceptive Exposure: A Transdiagnostic Approach

Instructional Level:


  • 2 training videos
  • Analog interoceptive exposure exercises
  • “Gist” sheet with key points and resources
  • Interoceptive Exposure Record Form (2 versions)

Who Should Attend:
Behavioral health professionals including social workers, counselors, psychologists, marriage and family therapists, psychiatrists, etc.

Financial Disclosures:
The instructors are employees of Lumate Health and do not receive financial support for this course. 
Dr. Piacentini reports the following disclosures: ​
  • Research support from NIMH, PCORI, TLC Foundation​
  • Paid advisor and equity share from Lumate Health, a for-profit youth mental health treatment provider​
  • Publication Royalties from Oxford University Press, Guilford Press, and Elsevier ​
  • Travel and speaking honoraria from the International OCD Foundation and Tourette Association of America. ​

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