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Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) is a psychosocial treatment model designed to treat post-traumatic stress and related emotional and behavioral problems in children and adolescents. Initially developed to address the psychological trauma associated with child sexual abuse, the model has been adapted for use with children who have a wide array of traumatic experiences, including domestic violence, traumatic loss, and the often multiple psychological traumas experienced by children prior to foster care placement. The treatment model is designed to be delivered by trained therapists who initially provide parallel individual sessions with children and their parents (or guardians), with conjoint parent-child sessions increasingly incorporated over the course of treatment. 

Accepted to the Portfolio:
April 2014 - Child Parent Institute
May 2016 - The Center for Social and Environmental Stewardship

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Target Outcomes

Short Term Outcomes

  • Reducing shame and embarrassment related to the traumatic experience
  • Improving child externalizing behavior problems (including sexual behavior problems if related to trauma
  • Improving child Ptsd, depressive and anxiety symptoms

Long Term Outcomes

  • Improving child's adaptive functioning
  • Enhancing parent-child communication, attachment, and ability to maintain safety
  • Improving parenting skills and parental support of the child, and reducing parental distress

Target Population


  • Kindergarten¬† - 12th Grade
  • Transitional Age Youth (16 - 24)

Service Area

  • Central (District 3)
  • Northeast (District 4)
  • Northwest (District 5)