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Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT)

Center for Traumatic Stress in Children and Adolescents
Allegheny General Hospital, Four Allegheny Center
Pittsburg, PA 15212
http://www.pittsburghchildtrauma.com/

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Contact Information:

412.330.4321
JCohen1@wpahs.org

Program Specification:

Emphasis:

Gender:

Rating:

Intervention

Both

Moderate Evidence of Effectiveness

Age/Grade Level:

Target Settings:

Target Groups:

Preschool
Elementary
Middle School
High School

Rural
Urban
Suburban
Inner City

Individuals

Ethnicity:

Other Participation Criteria:

All Ethnicities

Description:

Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral (TF-CBT) is a psychotherapeutic intervention designed to help children, youth, and their parents overcome the negative effects of traumatic life events such as child sexual or physical abuse; traumatic loss of a loved one; domestic, school, or community violence; or exposure to disasters, terrorist attacks, or war trauma. It was developed by integrating cognitive and behavioral interventions with traditional child abuse therapies that focus on enhancement of interpersonal trust and empowerment. It targets symptoms of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), which often co-occurs with depression and behavior problems. The intervention also addresses issues commonly experienced by traumatized children, such as poor self-esteem, difficulty trusting others, mood instability, and self-injurious behavior, including substance use.

Program Descriptors Include:
Family/Parental Involvement, Life Skills Training

Starting Date: Unspecified
Students Served Per Year: Unspecified
Last Verified: 2009

Risk Factors:

Protective Factors:

Program addresses the following:

Individual factors

  • Has a learning disability or emotional disturbance
  • High-risk social behavior

Family factors

  • Not living with both natural parents
  • Family disruption

Program promotes the following:

Relationships

  • Presence and involvement of caring, supportive adults
  • Involvement with positive peer activities

Independence

  • Healthy/conventional beliefs and standards
  • Positive/resilient temperament

Program Resources:

Annual Cost:

Unspecified

Funding Sources Include:

Program Staff Includes:

Unspecified

Counselors
Social Workers
Parents

Materials Used:

Supporting / Partner Organizations:

Instructional Texts/Manuals

Unspecified

Evaluation Information:

There have been several randomized controlled trials demonstrating the efficacy of TF-CBT in children of various ages. Children treated through TF-CBT had significantly fewer behavior problems and significantly fewer posttraumatic stress disorder symptoms. Studies have found that a year after treatment, compared with children who received supportive therapy, children who received TF-CBT had significantly less acting-out behavior and greater improvement in defiant and oppositional behaviors.

How evaluation data was collected:
Data collected and analyzed at state or organizational level

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