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J Anxiety Disord. 2013 Dec;27(8):745-53. doi: 10.1016/j.janxdis.2013.09.007. Epub 2013 Sep 25.

Cognitive behavioral therapy for pediatric obsessive-compulsive disorder: development of expert-level competence and implications for dissemination.

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University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, United States.


Pediatric obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is associated with substantial morbidity, comorbidity, family difficulties, and functional impairment. Fortunately, OCD in youth has also been found responsive to cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) both alone and in combination with medication. This paper highlights key areas a treatment provider must be highly knowledgeable in to be considered an expert in cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) for pediatric obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). We describe the areas of knowledge that must be mastered to gain expertise, as well as the more difficult to quantify personal qualities that may allow a clinician to convey this knowledge in an expert manner. We provide detailed discussions of CBT theory, assessment strategies, implications of the treatment outcome literature for clinical decision-making, and how best to navigate CBT. We also discuss what the expert needs to accomplish by engaging youth and families throughout the evaluation and treatment process.


Cognitive behavioral therapy; Pediatric obsessive-compulsive disorder

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