Game-Based Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (GB-CBT) for Childhood Trauma


Wednesday, February 12, 2020 | 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

NYU Child Study Center – New Jersey Office
411 Hackensack Avenue
Hackensack, NJ 07601

NYSED Approved for 3 CE contact hours


Game-Based Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (GB-CBT) was developed to make the therapeutic process more palatable for children and their families who have been impacted by abuse and trauma. GB-CBT is a time-limited model that delivers treatment through structured therapeutic games. The games utilized in GB-CBT are designed to allow children and families to process their traumatic experiences in a non-threatening, participatory, and engaging manner.  Additionally, therapeutic games are utilized to build a variety of skills that are important for all children including social skills, personal space and boundaries, emotional expression and identification, anger management, relaxation techniques, cognitive coping strategies, and personal safety skills.  Furthermore, the games and activities included in the GB-CBT model can be easily used by clinicians to address anxiety and disruptive behaviors.  This workshop will include game demonstrations in order to provide attendees with firsthand experience on how to utilize the GB-CBT approach and will be conducted by Justin R. Misurell, Ph.D., co-author of the book, Game-Based Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy for Child Sexual Abuse: An Innovative Treatment Approach.  

Learning Objectives


  • Identify the signs and symptoms along with the common long term negative effects of childhood trauma.
  • Describe useful approaches for treating child trauma using evidence-based, culturally-relevant practices.
  • Describe the underlying theory and rationale of Game-Based CBT.
  • Outline clinical modules utilized in the successful implementation of GB-CBT.
  • Propose a treatment plan for childhood trauma incorporating GB-CBT strategies.


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Justin R. Misurell, PhD.

Justin R. Misurell, PhD. is a recognized expert on the evaluation and treatment of child and adolescent behavior disorders. He currently serves as the Clinical Director of New York University’s Child Study Center- New Jersey Office.  Dr. Misurell co-developed Game-Based Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (GB-CBT), an integrative and trans-diagnostic approach for addressing childhood difficulties. Dr. Misurell has conducted research examining clinical effectiveness of GB-CBT through both individual and group modalities, has served on multiple dissertation committees and has trained and supervised several doctoral and master’s level clinicians. His work has demonstrated how GB-CBT can be modified and successfully applied in various settings and with different populations. Dr. Misurell has given numerous presentations and has published multiple articles in peer-reviewed journals and book chapters on the game-based approach. Additionally, he has co-authored a book entitled, Game-Based Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy for Child Sexual Abuse: An Innovative Treatment Approach.  Dr. Misurell received an Early Career Scholarship from the National Register of Health Service Psychologists. He is a licensed psychologist in New York and New Jersey, and is credentialed by the Council for the National Register of Health Service Providers in Psychology.