Cognitive Behavior Therapy for OCD in Youth

A Step-by-Step Guide
Pages: 287
ISBN: 9781433831850
Item Number: 8679

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This step-by-step guide provides mental health professionals with an adaptable, evidence-based model that uses cognitive behavior therapy to treat pediatric OCD.

Chapters describe the nuts and bolts of assessment, case conceptualization, and treatment planning, as well as psychoeducation, pharmacotherapy, strategies for relapse prevention, and involving family members in treatment. Richly described case studies illustrate how core strategies can be effectively implemented with youth between the ages of 7 and 18.

The authors present well-tested, empirically-validated strategies that encourage clinical flexibility and creativity.

Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), which can cause significant impairment in personal, social, and academic contexts, affects nearly half a million children in the United States.

Clinicians and practitioners resources provides downloadable handouts for clinical use, including worksheets and fact sheets for parents and guardians, exercises and games, and other tools and resources.



  1. Overview of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder in Youth
  2. Modular CBT for Pediatric OCD
  3. Assessment, Case Conceptualization, and Treatment Planning
  4. Gathering Information
  5. Developing the Case Conceptualization and Treatment Plan
  6. Implementing the Core Strategies of the Treatment Approach
  7. Engaging Youth and Parents in the Treatment Approach
  8. Psychoeducation With Youth and Parents
  9. Working With the Family
  10. Implementing Graded Exposure and Response Prevention
  11. Developing and Implementing a Relapse Prevention Plan

III. Putting It All Together

  1. Structuring the Treatment
  2. Combining Cognitive Behavior Therapy and Pharmacotherapy
  3. Overcoming Obstacles



About the Authors


This evidence-based guide will teach you how to conduct therapy with youth who have OCD. It provides a modular structure for individualizing treatment, based on a cognitive conceptualization.

– Judith S. Beck, PhD, President, Beck Institute for Cognitive Behavior Therapy, and Clinical Professor, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia

Tompkins, Owen, Shiloff, and Tanner slam a home run with this book. They cover all the CBT bases for effective treatment of pediatric OCD. Ingenious techniques, clinical dialogues, and helpful resources make this inspired reading for any practitioner treating young patients with OCD.

—Robert D. Friedberg, PhD, ABPP, Professor, Palo Alto University, Palo Alto, CA

There are still too few clinicians adequately trained in the treatment of pediatric OCD. This book provides health care professionals with techniques for implementing evidence-based treatments like exposure and response prevention. Readers will also find guidance on promoting engagement, dealing with unexpected obstacles, and reducing family accommodation. I highly recommend this book to pediatric therapists seeking to develop their skills in OCD treatment and to OCD therapists looking to expand their practice to include youth.

—C. Alec Pollard, PhD




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