Course Description

*This selection is for the Final Exam only. Access to the book, Clinical Handbook of Psychological Disorders (Fifth Edition), is required to complete the exam. To order the hardcover book from PRP, click here.

This program presents guidelines to understanding and treating frequently encountered psychological disorders in adults using evidence-based psychotherapy models. This program includes assessment and treatment methods for panic disorder and agoraphobia, PTSD, social anxiety disorder, OCD, generalized anxiety disorder, depression, borderline personality disorder, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, alcohol use disorders, drug use disorders, sleep disturbance, eating disorders, and couple distress.

35 CE credits/hours, 350 questions

Target Audience

Psychologists | School Psychologists | Marriage & Family Therapists | Mental Health Counselors | Social Workers

Learning Level


Learning Objectives

  • Use the up-to-date, evidence-based treatment of panic disorder and agoraphobia.
  • Describe “cognitive processing therapy,” the next generation of treatment for posttraumatic stress disorder.
  • Explain an integrated cognitive-behavioral model for the effective treatment of social anxiety disorder.
  • Demonstrate a successful treatment for obsessive-compulsive disorder.
  • Identify a new, acceptance-based behavioral therapy for generalized anxiety disorder.
  • Discuss a unified, transdiagnostic protocol that distills therapeutic principles common to the psychological treatment of various emotional disorders into a single protocol that is applicable to the full range of emotional disorders.
  • Present an up-to-date version of the cognitive therapy of depression that includes traditional cognitive therapy and “schema-focused” therapy.
  • Utilize a clinically effective, interpersonal psychotherapy for depression.
  • Describe the behavioral activation approach to treating depression that includes an up-to-date focus on the role of rumination in depression.
  • Use dialectical behavior therapy, an effective treatment for borderline personality disorder.
  • Present an innovative, efficacious, family-focused treatment for bipolar disorder.
  • List the myriad factors that every clinician must consider in choosing and carrying out appropriate interventions for individuals with drinking problems.
  • Utilize a cutting edge, integrated behavioral and cognitive approach for the treatment of insomnia.
  • Explain the most successful treatment yet devised for eating disorders, a transdiagnostic, unified theory and treatment protocol applicable to all eating disorders.
  • Discuss integrative behavioral couple therapy, a sophisticated approach to couples therapy that focuses on a couples’ relational “themes” and acceptance of partners’ differences.


  1. 1
    • Statement of Understanding (downloadable/printable)

  2. 2
    • "Clinical Handbook of Psychological Disorders (Fifth Edition)" - Final Exam Questions (downloadable/printable)

    • Final Exam

  3. 3
    • Evaluation Questionnaire

About the Editor

David H. Barlow, PhD, ABPP

David H. Barlow, PhD, ABPP, is Professor of Psychology and Psychiatry and Founder and Director Emeritus of the Center for Anxiety and Related Disorders at Boston University.  Dr. Barlow has published over 500 articles and book chapters and over 60 books and clinical manuals—some translated into more than 20 languages, including Arabic, Chinese, Hindi, and Russian—primarily in the areas of emotional disorders and clinical research methodology.  His books include Handbook of Assessment and Treatment Planning for Psychological Disorders, Second Edition, and Anxiety and Its Disorders, Second Edition.  He has been the recipient of numerous awards, including, most recently, the Career/Lifetime Achievement Award from the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies.  He is past president of the Society of Clinical Psychology and the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies and past editor of the journals Clinical Psychology: Science and Practice and Behavior Therapy.  Dr. Barlow's research has been continually funded by the National Institutes of Health for over 40 years.