Therapist Entry Requirements

Therapists at any level of training are encouraged to learn PEP. The treatment manual, Psychotherapy for Children with Bipolar and Depressive Disorders, should be useful as a review or instructional aid for experienced and novice therapists alike. Skills that are important to implement PEP include:

  • knowledge of mood disorders in children
  • ability to implement CBT and family systems intervention
  • familiarity with medications for mood disorders
  • understanding of children’s social, cognitive, physical and emotional development
  • appreciation of children’s functioning in the context of their family, neighborhood and culture
  • (for MF-PEP) experience with group dynamics and intervention

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