Perry Passaro, PhD ~ 4 Hrs
Alhambra ~ Saturday, April 25, 9:00am-1:00pm
Dr. Perry Passaro is Licensed Educational Psychologist and a Licensed Psychologist. He practices privately, in the areas of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (serving children, adolescents, families and adults) as well as in the area of psycho-educational assessment. Dr. Passaro has worked in public education for over 20 years, primarily as a school psychologist. He has taught at the university level and has published numerous articles in professional journals related to education and psychology. Dr. Passaro’s Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) practice incorporates Cognitive Behavioral Play Therapy (CBPT) for young children as well as many of the most recent innovations to traditional CBT including the mindfulness and acceptance practices into CBT.
There is evidence that traditional CBT works with older children. However some standard CBT methods may not work with younger children. Consideration of developmental issues is critical in any adaptation of interventions designed for adults (Knell, 1995). CBT methods such as: hypothesis testing, indemnification of thoughts, considering alternative ways of thinking and behavioral interventions can be modified based on the child’s cognitive and emotional development. With children and adolescents therapy outcomes may be improved with modifications to make CBT developmentally appropriate
GOALS AND OBJECTIVES • Review major components of cognitive and behavioral therapies • Discuss applications/adaptations of traditional cognitive and behavioral therapies for anxiety, mood, anger and attention disorders with children and adolescents • Describe key components of parent involvement in CBT