Meet the Moderator: Robert Friedberg, PhD, ABPP

Dr. Friedberg presents on working with youth in 2018

On October 29, Beck Institute will host a virtual panel discussion for the general public titled “Youth Mental Health in 2022: A Discussion About Accountability and Access.” Featuring prominent experts in youth mental health, this important conversation will be moderated by Robert Friedberg, PhD, ABPP.

Dr. Friedberg is a Beck Institute faculty member and the Director and Research Group Advisor at the Center for the Study and Treatment of Anxious Youth at Palo Alto University, where he is also a tenured full professor. He is an international expert in CBT treatment for youth, and teaches, speaks, and writes about the application of CBT to behavioral health care for children and adolescents. We are thrilled to have him moderate our important panel discussion on youth mental health.

Learn more about Dr. Friedberg and what he hopes audience members will take away from the discussion.

What do you love most about working with kids?

Working with kids is challenging and fun. Kids tend to be very transparent and in-the-moment.  Often, they are uncensored, and all these characteristics make the work very appealing.

What do we, as a society, get wrong about kids’ mental health? How can we get it right?

I think the stigma that most behavioral health conditions take a long time to be treated successfully is a mistaken assumption. That is the reason that practitioners should readily embrace “treatments that work” like CBT, DBT, etc.

What do you hope attendees take away from this panel discussion?

I consider all three panelists (Drs. Chorpita, Fristad, and Shatkin) genuine legends and visionaries in the field. Their insights on anxiety, depression, suicide, mood disorders, and conduct problems will prove invaluable. Additionally, their comments on future directions and increasing behavioral health literacy shouldn’t be missed.

If you could ask parents and caregivers to do one thing to help their kids develop resilience, what would that one thing be?

Really, two things come to mind:  1) Help kids productively cope with adversity and 2) eliminate perfectionism.

Beck Institute is pleased to offer this panel discussion free of charge to the public.

Learn more and register to attend.