Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) is a psychosocial treatment model designed to treat post-traumatic stress and related emotional and behavioral problems for children and adolescents. TF-CBT can also support caregivers in overcoming their personal distress, implementing effective parenting skills, and foster positive interactions with their child.

Treatment is initially provided in individual 30-45-minute sessions for the children and caregivers. Gradually over the treatment, conjoint 30-45-minute sessions with caregiver and child are included. The recommended duration of service is 12-18 weeks. This program is only administered by licensed mental health professionals who have received TF-CBT training and certification. TF-CBT has materials available in English, Dutch, German, Japanese, Korean, Mandarin, Polish, and Spanish.

Improving child PTSD, depressive and anxiety symptoms; Improving child externalizing behavior problems (including sexual behavior problems if related to trauma); Improving parenting skills and parental support of the child, and reducing parental distress; Enhancing parent-child communication, attachment, and ability to maintain safety; Improving child’s adaptive functioning; Reducing shame and embarrassment related to the traumatic experiences.