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How to Be a Better Child Therapist

An Integrative Model for Therapeutic Change

About the Course:

This course presents an integrative model of therapeutic change in child psychotherapy, based on a contemporary understanding of children’s emotions and emotional needs. The course material will demonstrate the advantages of an emotion-based clinical theory, supported by developmental, clinical, and neuroscience research, illustrated with clinical examples. An emphasis on children’s emotions allows us to retain the essential contributions of humanistic and psychodynamic theory and also make use of active strategies, derived from diverse sources, for solving children’s emotional and behavioral problems.

This course is based on the book, How to Be a Better Child Therapist created by Kenneth Barish, Ph.D. in 2018.

Publication Date:

1st Edition 2018

Course Material Author

Kenneth Barish, Ph.D.

Kenneth Barish is Clinical Professor of Psychology at Weill Cornell Medical College and has a clinical practice. He is the author of How to Be a Better Child Therapist: An Integrative Model for Therapeutic Change (W. W. Norton, 2018) and Pride and Joy: A Guide to Understanding Your Child’s Emotions and Solving Family Problems (Oxford University Press, 2012). Pride and Joy is winner of the 2013 International Book Award and the 2013 Eric Hoffer Book Award.

Recommended For:

Counselors, marriage and family therapists, psychologists and social workers. This course is appropriate for all levels of knowledge.

Course Objectives:

  1. Explain recent advances in the science of human emotions.

  2. Describe an emotion-based theory of healthy and pathological development in childhood.

  3. Describe an integrative model of child psychotherapy.
  4. Utilize three new ways of engaging children in psychotherapy.

  5. Describe research on the importance of empathy in child development and psychotherapy.

  6. Explain two different processes that lead to improved emotion regulation in children.

  7. Describe recent research on the role of play in children’s social and emotional development.

  8. Cite three forms of positive parent-child interactions that promote children’s emotional health.

  9. Prepare a comprehensive method for reducing children’s tantrums and oppositional behavior.

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American Academy of Health Care Providers in the Addictive Disorders (AAHCPAD)

10 CE Credit hours

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American Psychological Association (APA)

10 CE Credit hours

CE Learning Systems is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. CE Learning Systems maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

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Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB ACE)

9 CE Credit hours

CE Learning Systems, LLC, provider #1020, is approved to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Organizations, not individual courses, are approved as ACE providers. State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit. CE Learning Systems, LLC maintains responsibility for this course. ACE provider approval period: 2/23/2019 – 2/23/2022. Social workers completing this course receive 9 clinical continuing education credit(s).

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Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR)

10 CE Credit hours

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National Association of School Psychologists (NASP)

10 CPD hours

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National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC)

10 CE Credit hours

CE Learning Systems, service provider of has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 5951. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. CE Learning Systems is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.

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