Course Description

*This selection is for the Final Exam only. Access to the book, Treating OCD in Children and Adolescents, is required to complete the exam. To order the e-Book from Guilford Press (which enables you to take the course immediately), click here. To order the hardcover book from PRP, click here.

This program presents the participant with a framework for helping children overcome obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) using the proven techniques of cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT). Participants will gain knowledge and tools to engage 6- to 18-year-olds and their parents and implement individualized CBT interventions, with a focus on exposure and response prevention. The authors provide real-world clinical guidance illustrated with vivid case examples.

12 CE credits/hours, 100 questions

Target Audience

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

Learning Level


Learning Objectives

  • Utilize the past research on the efficacy of exposure therapy for OCD.
  • Assess the importance of psychoeducation for patients, parents, and teachers.
  • Use hierarchy development and functional analysis in treatment.
  • Demonstrate how to use exposure therapy to control OCD.
  • Analyze the specific approaches for treating OCD in children and adolescents.
  • Discuss response prevention techniques.
  • Devise creative ways to engage the patient when resistance occurs.
  • Implement an exposure hierarchy in treatment.
  • Explain methods to avoid relapse.
  • Address specific family issues that could add unique and complex challenges that could hinder treatment success.
  • Design a way to engage a patient’s school in helping the OCD patient.

Course curriculum

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

  2. 2
    • "Treating OCD in Children and Adolescent" - Final Exam Questions (downloadable/printable)

    • Final Exam

  3. 3
    • Evaluation Questionnaire

About the Presenters

Martin E. Franklin, PhD

Martin E. Franklin, PhD, is Associate Professor of Clinical Psychology in Psychiatry at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, where he is also Director of the Child and Adolescent Obsessive–Compulsive Disorder (OCD), Tic, Trichotillomania, and Anxiety Group. Since the 1990s, Dr. Franklin has conducted research on psychopathology and treatment response in individuals with anxiety and related conditions across the developmental spectrum. He has lectured nationally and internationally on OCD, trichotillomania, Tourette syndrome, and related disorders. Dr. Franklin is also Clinical Director of Rogers Behavioral Health–Philadelphia, where he oversees partial hospitalization and intensive outpatient programs for anxiety/OCD and depression in youth.

Jennifer B. Freeman, PhD

Jennifer B. Freeman, PhD, is Director of Research and Training at the Pediatric Anxiety Research Center at Bradley Hospital and Associate Professor (Research) of Psychiatry and Human Behavior at the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University. Her research focuses on child and adolescent anxiety disorders, with particular interests in obsessive–compulsive disorder, cognitive-behavioral family interventions, and developmental psychopathology. Dr. Freeman's current research focuses on dissemination of treatment and training programs for treatment providers in the area of exposure therapy.

John S. March, MD, MPH

John S. March, MD, MPH, is former Director of the Division of Neurosciences Medicine at the Duke Clinical Research Institute. He has extensive experience developing and testing treatments for pediatric mental disorders and has published widely on obsessive-compulsive disorder, posttraumatic stress disorder, anxiety, depression, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, and pediatric psychopharmacology.