101391: Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

Addressing the Mental Health of Sexually Abused Children

About the Course:

Trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy (TF-CBT) has been found to reduce children’s negative emotional and behavioral responses after sexual abuse and other traumatic events. It also helps nonoffending parents cope with their own distress and develop skills to support their children. The material on which this course is based explores the characteristics and benefits of TF-CBT to help child welfare caseworkers and other professionals who work with at-risk families make more informed decisions about when to refer children and their caregivers to TF-CBT programs. It includes information about what makes TF-CBT unique, key components, target population, effectiveness, and what to look for in a TF-CBT therapist.

Journal/Publisher:

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Publication Date:

May 2007

Author

Judith Cohen, M.D., Esther Deblinger, Ph.D., Anthony P. Mannarino, Ph.D., Charles Wilson, M.S.S.W., Nicole Taylor, Ph.D., Robyn Igelman, Ph.D.

Recommended For:

This course is recommended for health care professionals, especially psychologists, counselors, social workers, and nurses who seek knowledge about trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy (TF-CBT) and its application to treating sexually abused and otherwise traumatized children. It is appropriate for all levels of participants’ knowledge.

Course Objectives:

  1. Describe what makes trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy (TF-CBT) unique.

  2. Identify the key components and target population of TF-CBT.

  3. Assess the information presented regarding the effectiveness of TF-CBT and its practitioners.

  4. Use the included resources for further information to learn more about treatment issues and training references regarding sexually abused children.

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