Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

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UC Merced Center

550 E. Shaw Ave

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Fresno, CA 93710

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Training Overview: Trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy (TF-CBT) is an evidence-based treatment approach shown to help children, adolescents, and their caregivers overcome trauma-related difficulties. It is designed to reduce negative emotional and behavioral responses following child sexual abuse, domestic violence, traumatic loss, and other traumatic events.1 The treatment—based on learning and cognitive theories—addresses distorted beliefs and attributions related to the abuse and provides a supportive environment in which children are encouraged to talk about their traumatic experience. TF-CBT also helps parents who were not abusive to cope effectively with their own emotional distress and develop skills that support their children. This two day training provides an overview of Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, screening and assessment in TF-CBT, instruction on how to implement the treatment components, and strategies for recognizing and addressing Secondary Traumatic Stress.

Learning Objectives: Upon completion of the training, participants will:

  • Learn about TF-CBT as an evidence-based treatment for children and families who have experienced trauma
  • Be able to identify appropriate cases for TF-CBT
  • Improve clinical skills in implementing the TF-CBT treatment components: Psychoeducation and parenting skills, Relaxation, Affective expression and modulation, Cognitive coping and processing, Trauma narrative development and processing, In vivo desensitization to trauma reminders, Conjoint child parent sessions, and Enhancing future safety and development
  • Identify cultural and developmental factors that impact treatment
  • Describe strategies for recognizing and addressing Secondary Traumatic Stress

Please Note the Following Training Requirements:

To receive the greatest benefit from the training, please be sure that you can commit to completing the prerequisites and the post-training coaching requirements. Participants do not have to be licensed, but they do need to have a master’s degree in social work, mental health or a counseling discipline. Participants must complete the free, 10-hour TF-CBT Web training prior to the in-person training (https://tfcbt.musc.edu/) and bring the completion certificate with them to training. Clinicians who sign up will also need to commit to participating in the consultation calls for 12 months post training and be in a position in which they can apply TF-CBT to at least one case during the course of the calls. It is always helpful to have supervisors involved and approval for the additional requirements, but the expectation would be that they would also take on at least one case to discuss on the consultation calls. Completing the Web training, in-person training and 3/4ths of the post-training coaching calls will partially fulfill the necessary requirements for certification. Complete information regarding the certification process can be accessed at: https://tfcbt.org/tf-cbt-certification-criteria/

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