Cognitive Behavioral Approaches to Treating Anxiety & Depression in Youth

The Advanced Learning Certificate in Cognitive Behavioral Approaches to Treating Anxiety & Depression in Youth is relevant across a range of settings – including schools, community treatment programs, outpatient clinics, and private practice.

Rates of anxiety and depression among children and teens continue to skyrocket. Effective interventions – and committed practitioners with specialized training – have never been so needed.  Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) includes a wide variety of empirically-supported interventions for children and families that can be flexibly implemented for a range of mental health and behavioral concerns.  This certificate program will offer theory and practice to improve your ability to help children in distress.

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Is this program for me?

This program is intended for individuals who already hold a master’s degree in a mental health-related field and have a demonstrated interest in increasing their effectiveness at providing therapeutic services to children/teens experiencing distress from anxiety and depression. You do not have to be an alum of the Brown School to apply for consideration.

This certificate features a hybrid design with 33 hours in residence and 12 hours of self-paced online content.  The program is bookended by two weekends in residence, with 6 content modules to be independently completed between the meetings. There are modest reading assignments from articles and a treatment manual. All texts are included in the program fee.

The program is appropriate for clinicians and counselors from a wide variety of settings.

At the end of the program, participants will be able to:

  • Identify and accurately diagnose children with anxiety and depressive disorders
  • Describe the principles of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), an evidence-based CBT program (BCBT for anxious youth) and how to implement it effectively;
  • Discuss and review how to individualize the program while remaining adherent to the model;
  • Describe incorporating families effectively in the treatment process and identify and address potential barriers to treatment; and
  • Discuss relapse prevention and graduation with families

Successful completion of the certificate program includes class participation including role play, along with submission of 6 exercises based on the self-paced content.

How to Apply

Complete program applications include:

  • Online application form, including statement of purpose (300-500 words)
  • Submission of your current resume
  • Transcript transmitted from your master’s program.
    At this time, we are only able to receive electronic correspondence. While we prefer an official transcript sent directly from the issuing institution, until we are again able to receive physical mail, we will accept unofficial transcripts sent from applicants. If you have more than one graduate degree, please send the transcript from the degree most closely related to the post-master’s program for which you are applying.

Electronic transcriptions: Official electronic transcripts should be routed from the issuing institution to

Admissions decisions will be made on a rolling basis. Complete applications (including official transcripts) must be received by August 20, 2020.

Admission prerequisite: Applicants must hold a master’s degree in a mental health-related field from an accredited university.

Meet Your Instructor

Christian F. Mauro, PhD 

Christian F. Mauro, PhD 
Director, Psychosocial Treatment Clinic, Duke University Medical Center 
Adjunct Faculty, Brown School 

Chris Mauro is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Duke University Medical Center. He is the director of the APA Accredited Clinical Psychology Internship Program and Director of the Psychosocial Treatment Clinic, where he supervises and trains graduate students, psychology interns, and child psychiatry fellows on evidence-based psychosocial treatments for children and adolescents. Dr. Mauro has been teaching social work students at the Brown School since 2011.

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