Time to complete: 45 mins

Number of credits hours:
CE Approvals
Course Notes
This course does not provide CE credits. This course is included in the CBT Essentials bundle, which does provide CE credits. 
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
A key skill of a CBT therapist is to provide a rationale and framework for the treatment being offered. Psycho education about the presenting clinical symptoms is an essential first step in this process in order to enhance treatment buy-in and collaboration. Participants will learn to identify key differences between anxiety, stress and fear. They will understand the core assessment mechanisms for diagnosing clinical levels of anxiety: frequency, interference,distress and duration. Participants will be able to list core features of the tripartite model of anxiety, the CBT model for anxiety, and the fight/flight/freeze response. Participants will hear strategies for how to discuss these terms in a conversational format with patients and to begin collaborative work toward setting treatment goals.

Participants will be able to fluidly describe facts about anxiety symptoms and common avoidant behaviors, answer patient and family questions about anxiety, and learn how to individualize answers to a patient’s level of development and motivation. Lastly, participants will learn the definition of family accommodation for the anxiety disorders, learn the ways in which this can be present between and among family members, and describe how this contributes the maintenance of anxiety symptoms once present.

Learning Objectives:

Apply the psycho educational component of CBT for anxiety in youth into treatment and confidently respond to patient questions about the nature of anxiety and anxiety disorders

Describe a) the fight, flight and freeze response, b) the tripartite and CBT models of anxiety, c) the negative reinforcement cycle of anxiety, and d) common family accommodation behaviors that maintain symptoms.

Format and Length:
Recorded video format (non-interactive, 0.5 hours)

Anxiety psychoeducation component of CBT for anxiety in children and adolescents

Instructional Level:

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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