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.

Program dates include three full day core trainings on Friday’s March 8th, May 31st, and August 2nd, from 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., Central Time, and six 1-hour practice sessions on Wednesday’s March 13th and 27th, April 17th, June 12th and 26th, and July 10th, from 11 a.m. – 12:00 p.m., Central Time.

Applications will be accepted through February 23, 2024.

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Is this program for me?

This program is intended for individuals who currently 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 27 hours of live instruction via zoom and 18 hours of self-paced online content. The program is highlighted with 3 live full-day trainings at the beginning, midpoint, and conclusion of the program. Additionally, there are 6 monthly modules and assignments to be completed between the core sessions. The monthly modules are designed to review and practice CBT skills. During these sessions, your instructor will provide targeted feedback and participants will have the opportunity to practice new skills. Monthly modules encourage group discussion and consultation regarding clinical challenges implementing CBT principles. There are modest reading assignments from articles and a treatment manual. All texts are included in the program fee.

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 full attendance and participation in all 3 of the full-day core trainings, attendance and participation in at least 4 of the practice sessions (participants will be allow to make up a maximum of 2 missed practice meetings by completing required make up work), and completion of all readings and assignments.

How to Apply

Complete program applications include:

  • Online application form, including statement of purpose (300-500 words)
  • Submission of your current resume

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

Admissions decisions will be made on a rolling basis. Complete applications must be received by February 23, 2024.


“I really appreciated the instructors experience, level of communication, and understanding and ability to help others understand what was being discussed.”

“Chris is a wonderful presenter! I’ve attended other trainings of his in the past and always enjoy them and learn a ton!”

“Dr. Mauro is truly an expert in CBT and so engaging. I love that he not only teaches and supervises, but he is seeing clients too!”

“Great course. Dr. Mauro is always a wonderful instructor and his teaching style is captivating. I’m always looking for opportunities to attend courses he teaches.”

Meet Your Instructor

Christian F. Mauro, PhD 

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

Christian F. Mauro, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences.  Dr. Mauro is the director of the APA Accredited Clinical Psychology Doctoral Internship Program and part of the executive team of the Master in Biomedical Sciences Program.  Clinically, he is the Director of the Psychosocial Treatment Clinic where he supervises and trains social work graduate students, psychology interns, and child psychiatry fellows in evidence-based practice for children, adolescents and families. Dr. Mauro has been a certified cognitive behavioral therapist (CBT) on a number of NIMH funded clinical trials and was the CBT Supervisor for The Child and Adolescent Anxiety Multimodal Treatment Study (CAMS) at Duke University.  He is a currently a member of the North Carolina Psychological Association’s Professional Affairs and Ethics Committee and is dedicated to interprofessional clinical education in Duke University’s School of Medicine.  Dr. Mauro has been teaching at the Brown School since 2011.

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