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Obsessive–compulsive disorder (OCD), which can cause significant impairment in personal, social, and academic contexts, affects nearly half a million children in the United States. This step-by-step guide provides mental health professionals with an adaptable, evidence-based model that uses cognitive behavior therapy to treat pediatric OCD. Michael A. Tompkins, Daniela J. Owen, Nicole H. Shiloff, and Litsa R. Tanner present well-tested, empirically validated strategies that encourage clinical flexibility and creativity. They describe the nuts and bolts of assessment, case conceptualization, and treatment planning, as well as psychoeducation, pharmacotherapy, strategies for relapse prevention, and involving family members in treatment. Richly described case studies illustrate how core strategies can be effectively implemented with youth between the ages of 7 and 18.


Downloadable handouts for clinical use, including worksheets and fact sheets for parents and guardians, exercises and games, and other clinical tools and resources are provided on a companion website (




You will greatly benefit from reading this book which teaches you how to understand and conduct therapy with youth who have OCD. It’s evidence based and provides a modular structure so you can individualize treatment, based on a cognitive conceptualization. You’ll enjoy the many case examples, clinical dialogues, and especially the techniques to make the treatment fun for you and your young clients.


—Judith S. Beck, PhD, President, Beck Institute for Cognitive Behavior Therapy, and Clinical Professor, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia


Tompkins, Owen, Shiloff, and Tanner slam a home run with this book. In their flexible yet theoretically faithful text, they touch all the CBT bases necessary for the effective treatment of pediatric OCD. Ingenious techniques, knowing clinical dialogues, and links to helpful resources make this inspired reading for any practitioner caring for young patients diagnosed with OCD. This book champions evidence-based care!


—Robert D. Friedberg, PhD, ABPP, Professor, Palo Alto University, Palo Alto, CA


There are still too few clinicians adequately trained in the treatment of pediatric OCD. This book offers one avenue for improving access to effective OCD treatment by providing health care professionals with thorough instructions for implementing evidence-based treatments like exposure and response prevention. Readers will also find helpful guidance for promoting engagement, dealing with unexpected obstacles, reducing family accommodation, and addressing many other issues encountered while treating OCD in youth. I highly recommend this book to pediatric therapists seeking to develop their skills in OCD treatment and to OCD therapists looking to expand their practice to include younger patients.

—C. Alec Pollard, PhD, Director, Center for OCD and Anxiety-Related Disorders, St. Louis Behavioral Medicine Institute, and Professor Emeritus of Family and Community Medicine, Saint Louis University School of Medicine, St. Louis, MO