Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

Developed by: J.A. Cohen, A.P. Mannarino, Knudsen, Staron


Trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy (TF-CBT) is an evidence-based treatment approach shown to help children, adolescents, and their caretakers overcome trauma related difficulties. It is designed to reduce negative emotional and behavioral responses following child sexual abuse and other traumatic events. The treatment—based on learning and cognitive theories—addresses distorted beliefs and an attribution 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.

~Excerpt from Child Welfare Information Gateway.

Trauma-Focused Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) is used for children and adolescents who have developed clinical levels of PTSD. In young children, this disorder is often the result of sexual or physical abuse. The program seeks to teach children skills to cope with the difficulties that this disorder creates. At the same time, therapy sessions are used to help children confront and deal with painful or scary past experiences.

~Excerpt from Child Trends


Trauma-Focused Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy

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