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Trauma-Focused Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) for Children /Adolescents and their Caregivers

What is TF-CBT?

TF-CBT was developed to treat emotional and behavioral problems in child and adolescent victims of a traumatic event (e.g. abuse, assault, neglet, motor vehicle crash, etc.). TF-CBT is a treatment that involves both children and caretakers, and lasts between 12-16 sessions (on average). The purpose of the treatment is to decrease mental health symptoms in children/adolescents and their caregivers, such as post-traumatic stress disorder, depression, anxiety and other trauma-related symptoms.

Treatment format

Treatment targets trauma-related symptomm in children/adolescents and their caregivers. Methods of treatment include psychoeducation, relaxation, parenting skills, expressing and regulating emotions, cognitive coping, in vivo and imaginal exposure, and safety planning for the future.

Treatment sessions are conducted with both children/adolescents and caregivers. Treatment providers may meet with children/adolescents alone, caregivers alone, and/or with children/adolescents and caregievers together in the same session. Treatment will help both the child/adolescent patient and the caregiver(s) overcome trauma-related symptoms.

How can I participate in TF-CBT? 

TF-CBT is open to child/adolescent patients ages 4 and older (and their caregivers) who are experiencing emotional and/or behavioral problems as a result of experiencing a traumatic event.

To fully benefit from treatment, it is necessary to attend all sessions and to complete weekly assignments. An initial assessment at the Center for the Treatment and Study of Traumatic Stress is required before receiving TF-CBT. Additional questions can be answered during this session.

For further information, please call (330) 379-5094.