Therapeutics Advances
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World J Clin Pediatr. Feb 8, 2018; 7(1): 1-8
Published online Feb 8, 2018. doi: 10.5409/wjcp.v7.i1.1
Best practices in supervising cognitive behavioral therapy with youth
Robert D Friedberg
Robert D Friedberg, Center for the Study and Treatment of Anxious Youth, Palo Alto University, Palo Alto, CA 94304, United States
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Correspondence to: Robert D Friedberg, PhD, ABPP, ACT Professor, Director, Center for the Study and Treatment of Anxious Youth, Palo Alto University, 1791 Arastradero Rd, Palo Alto, CA 94304, United States.
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Received: November 8, 2017
Peer-review started: November 9, 2017
First decision: December 1, 2017
Revised: December 16, 2017
Accepted: January 7, 2018
Article in press: January 7, 2018
Published online: February 8, 2018

Clinical supervision of cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) with youth ensures better patient care and fosters trainees' professional development. However, often insufficient attention is directed toward disseminating best practices in supervision of CBT with youth. This Therapeutic Advances contribution aims to communicate the core content of supervision. Additionally, the key supervisory practices associated with CBT with youth are described. Supervisory outcomes are summarized and recommendations for supervisory practices are made.

Keywords: Cognitive behavioral therapy, Pediatric populations, Supervision

Core tip: There are several core tips in this therapeutic advances article. First, the pivotal content of supervision of cognitive behavioral therapy with youth include training in case conceptualization, ethics/laws, collaborative empiricism, guided discovery, session structure, embracing immediacy, measurement-based care, and cognitive-behavioral technique. Enactive supervision characterized by behavioral rehearsal is essential. Further, tracking trainee progress via objective rating scales and providing frequent, constructive feedback is indispensable.