This training covers the important concept of Case Conceptualization in Cognitive Behavioral Play Therapy. Case Conceptualization is tied to theory and in that respect is different from diagnoses, which is atheoretical. Case Conceptualization provides a rationale and framework to develop and prioritize treatment goals. This training covers the factors that must be taken into account in developing a case conceptualization. First, we look at individual factors for each child. We will consider early experiences, attachment style, temperament, development (including developmental milestones), organizing beliefs, play skills and individual strengths. Next, we review Environmental factors, including family, parenting style, school, peer relationships and human diversity/cultural context. The presenting problem is clearly identified and better understood by considering emotions, thoughts, physical sensations and coping strategies. With all these factors in mind, we review important considerations for designing a CBPT treatment plan and Clinical Hypotheses. Treatment obstacles and Maintenance factors tied to specific child cases are reviewed. Finally, a case is presented for the participant to consider and utilize the Case Conceptualization worksheet as a way to solidify learning about Case Conceptualization.

Presentation Video

In this video Susan Knell, founder of Cognitive Behavioral Play Therapy, presents the CBPT Training module, which introduces the concept of case conceptualization in Cognitive-Behavioral Play Therapy. 


At the end of the module, participants should be able to:

  1. Understand the importance of Case Conceptualization in CBPT
  2. Review both individual and environmental factors, and learn how to apply both when understanding the presenting problem
  3. Know how presenting problems are considered and defined
  4. Have a basic understanding of how the CBP therapist develops Clinical Hypotheses and designs a treatment plan
  5. Be aware of how treatment obstacles and maintenance factors play a role in CBPT
  6. Be able to utilize the Case Conceptualization worksheet for children 

Course requirements

The course is aimed at:

  • Psychiatrists
  • Psychologists
  • Clinical Social Workers Or Licensed Independent Social Workers
  • Licensed Professional Counselors
  • Licensed Marriage And Family Therapist
  • Licensed Mental Health Clinical Nurse Practitioner


Susan M. Knell
Meena Dasari
Maria A. Geraci


  • LESSON 1
  • Conceptualization of the case, individual and environmental factors
  • LESSON 2
  • The problem that arises in the Conceptualization of the Case
  • LESSON 3
  • The Problem of Presentation in the Conceptualization of Case
  • LESSON 4
  • Design of a treatment plan, clinical hypotheses, obstacles to treatment, maintenance factors
  • LESSON 5
  • Case Example





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