Professional Training


The SFBACCT offers training in cognitive behavior therapy. The SFBACCT is an approved provider of continuing education units by the California Psychological Association Accrediting Agency for licensed psychologists and by the Board of Behavioral Science for licensed marriage and family therapists (MFT) and licensed clinical social workers (LCSW). The SFBACCT would be delighted to work with you to design a workshop, course, in-service training, or lecture that meets your needs. We will develop the curriculum and materials, manage the continuing education application and filing process, and travel to your site to hold the training. We often teach workshops and courses at local institutions (e.g., Alliant International University, University of California Extension, John F. Kennedy University) and we post upcoming trainings on our website. The SFBACCT is not a practicum, internship, or pre- or post-doctoral training site.


SFBACCT psychologists offer presentations to the public organized by schools, community organizations, parent groups, and public interest groups. Center psychologists are able to present on topics related to mental health; what is cognitive behavior therapy and how is it used; when treatment could help with problems; how to manage stress and anxiety (presentations can focus specifically on the workplace or school, if desired); and how to cope with life stressors and unexpected changes. Center psychologists are also able to offer presentations on identifying, understanding, and treating specific disorders or mental health problems.

If you are interested in having one of the Center psychologists give a presentation to your group please contact the individual psychologist.

For more information, contact any of the psychologists at the Center. All of the psychologists at the Center can provide training in CBT fundamentals for adults. Special areas of expertise are as follows:

Michael Tompkins

  • Cognitive-behavior therapy for anxiety disorders (panic, phobias, generalized anxiety disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, social anxiety disorder)
  • Universal treatment for anxiety disorders (based on the book, “Anxiety and Avoidance: A Universal Treatment for Anxiety, Panic, and Fear”)
  • Cognitive behavior therapy for anxious teens (based on the book, “My Anxious Mind: A Teen’s Guide to Anxiety, Panic, and Fear)
  • Cognitive-behavior therapy for youth in school settings
  • Cognitive-behavior therapy for anger (youth and adults)
  • Cognitive-behavior therapy for insomnia in adults and youth
  • Cognitive-behavior therapy for body-focused repetitive behaviors in adults or youth (trichotillomania, nail biting, skin picking)
  • Cognitive-behavior therapy for hypochondriasis
  • Understanding and treating elimination disorders (Enuresis and Encopresis in youth)
  • Cognitive-behavior therapy for hoarding disorder
  • Understanding and treating Tourette’s disorder
  • Cognitive-behavior therapy for youth on the autism spectrum
  • Harm reduction for severe hoarding (based on the book, “Clinician’s Guide to Severe Hoarding: A Harm Reduction Approach)

Joan Davidson

  • Developing individualized case formulations and treatment plans: using a transdiagnostic approach to choose interventions that target underlying psychological mechanisms (based on the book, “A Transdiagnostic Roadmap to Case Formulation and Treatment Planning: Practical Guidance for Clinical Decision Making”)
  • Using Exposure and Response Prevention to treat OCD: building motivation and using creative strategies to implement treatment (based on the book, “Daring to Challenge OCD: Overcome Your Fear of Treatment & Take Control of Your Life Using Exposure and Response Prevention”)
  • Cognitive behavior therapy for anxiety disorders (panic, phobias, generalized anxiety and worry, social anxiety) in adults
  • Cognitive behavior therapy for body-focused repetitive behaviors in adults (trichotillomania/hair pulling, skin picking)
  • Fundamental components of cognitive-behavior therapy (structuring sessions, building a therapeutic alliance, using CBT interventions based on case formulation and presenting problems)

Daniela Owen

  • Cognitive behavior therapy for ADHD in children and adults
  • Parent Training (based on behavioral principles)
  • Cognitive behavior therapy for anxiety in children, adolescents, and adults
  • Cognitive behavior therapy for mood disorders in children, adolescents, and adults
  • Communication training and assertiveness for individuals, partners, and parent-child dyads
  • Treatment of disruptive behavior disorders in children

Jonathan Barkin

  • Cognitive-behavior therapy case conceptualization/treatment planning
  • Cognitive-behavior therapy for anxiety disorders
  • Cognitive-behavior therapy for depression in children, adolescents, and adults
  • Treatment of severe pediatric and adult OCD
  • Using Exposure and Response Prevention for the treatment of OCD
  • Exposure protocols for anxiety disorders
  • Exposure therapy with children, adolescents, and adults