Therapist Training Resources

CBT4CBT: Computer-Based Training in Cognitive-Behavioral Therapist for Anxiety in Youth

CBT4CBT is a 13-lesson online training program designed to guide mental health professionals for the implementation of cognitive-behavioral treatment (specifically, The Coping Cat, Kendall & Hedtke, 2010) for anxiety in children and young adolescents.

CBT4CBT provides the rationale for the components of the Coping Cat treatment and step-by-step instructions on how to conduct each of the therapy sessions.

The CBT4CBT for Child Anxiety e-learning program was developed by Dr. Kendall and Dr. Khanna to facilitate provider’s applications of the cognitive-behavioral strategies for managing anxiety in youth that are presented in the "Coping Cat" treatment program. It can be used to introduce and describe the "Coping Cat" program to practitioners, to provide filmed models of role-played therapy sessions to anxious children in treatment, or to enhance the educational experience of participants in class, workshops, or clinical supervision.

Please note: CBT4CBT is intended for professionals who are already trained in child and adolescent mental health and is not sufficient as a stand-alone training to become a cognitive-behavioral therapy provider.

The Coping Cat (Kendall & Hedtke 2010) is designed for youth between ages 7-13, who are suffering from generalized anxiety, social anxiety, phobias, separation anxiety, and can be helpful for other anxiety related problems as well. The Coping Cat treatment manual and accompanying child workbook are not available for electronic (pdf) download, but can be purchased from the publisher at

CBT4CBT prepares you to implement either:

  • a. the 16-session Coping Cat treatment (completed with the Coping cat workbook) or
  • b. the 12-session Camp-Cope-A-Lot (interactive computer program).

Table of Contents

The program is organized into modules. Most are session-by-session guides for implementation, whereas some address specific themes.

  • Session 1: Building rapport and treatment orientation
  • Session 2: Identifying anxious feelings
  • Session 3: Identifying somatic responses to anxiety
  • Session 4: First meeting with parents
  • Parent Meetings: General comments for Session 4 and 9
  • Session 5: Relaxation Training
  • Session 6: Identifying Anxious Self-Talk and Learning to Challenge Anxious Thoughts
  • Session 7: Self-Talk Review and Problem Solving Training
  • Session 8: Introducing Self-Evaluation and Self-Reward and Review
  • Session 9: Second Meeting with Parents
  • Exposure tasks: Overview of Sessions 10-16
  • Session 16: Final Practice, Producing a Commercial, and Termination

CBT 4 CBT is a multimedia software: You will

see video clips of various therapy sessions

watch video examples of exposure tasks

see animated excerpts from Camp Cope-A-Lot

have access to a variety of print materials and resources


have access to computer-based interactivities and online video games to use in session

read tips from experienced therapists

complete brief “knowledge checks”


Treatment Manuals

Anxiety Disorders

Social Phobia


Trauma and Traumatic Grief

School Refusal

Tic Disorders

Anxiety Workbook and Manual Publishers

Online CE and Training Workshops

DVD and Videos

Titles from Workbook Publishing:


Practice Parameters

The American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP) publishes Practice Parameters on various conditions in child mental health. Practice Parameters are clinical practice guidelines developed by the AACAP Committee on Quality Issues to encourage best practices in child mental health. We have listed parameters that have been published in child anxiety and related disorders below. Parameters older than five years (asterisked in the list below) may not reflect current knowledge and practice and as such should not be considered current until they are updated.
For more information you can visit the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry website directly at:

  • Anxiety Disorders - For more information, click here
  • Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder - For more information, click here
  • Posttraumatic Stress Disorder - For more information, click here
  • Tic Disorders - For more information, click here
  • Depressive Disorders - For more information, click here
  • ADHD - For more information, click here