Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT)

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Program/Intervention Name

Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT)


Child Mental Health - externalizing, Family Support and Placement Stabilization Programs, Trauma Treatment, Child Mental Health - internalizing

Program/Intervention Description

Psychosocial treatment model designed to treat post-traumatic stress and related emotional and behavioral problems for children and adolescents. Addresses psychological trauma associated with several traumatic experiences, such as: sexual abuse, domestic violence, traumatic loss, and often multiple psychological traumas experiences by children prior to foster care. Treatment initially provided in individual sessions with children then parents are gradually introduced.

Intervention Target Population Identified (Age Group)

0-5, 6-12, 13-17

Program Goals/Outcomes

Reduced Child behavior problems, reduced Child symptoms of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), reduced Child depression
and Child feelings of shame
5: Parental emotional reaction to child's experience of sexual abuse Children assigned to TF-CBT, as opposed to child-centered therapy (CCT), demonstrated significantly more improvement with regards to PTSD, depression, behavior problems, shame and abuse-related attributions. Parents assigned to TF-CBT also showed greater improvement on self-reported levels of depression, abuse-specific distress, support of the child, and effective parenting practices.

QIC Target Group

General - 3

QIC Adoption/Guardianship Relevance Levels

LEVEL 5: Other Human Services

QIC level of Evidence

LEVEL 1: Effective and proven by Research

Intervention Web Site/URL

Contact Person/Purveyor

Esther Deblinger, PhD Anthony Mannarino, PhD [ ] (implementation) Judith Cohen, MD [] (research)


University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey West Pennsylvania Allegheny Health System

Contact Email

Contact Phone

(856) 566-7036 (412) 330-4312 (412) 330-4321

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