Trauma Focused-Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) is an evidence-based treatment that helps children, adolescents and adults recover after trauma. TF-CBT equips clinicians with the tools necessary to deal with enduring long-term post-traumatic reactions. TF-CBT is a structured, short-term treatment model that effectively improves a range of trauma-related outcomes in eight to twenty-five sessions with the child/adolescent and caregiver, as well as an adult client. Although TF-CBT is highly effective at improving post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) symptoms and diagnosis, a PTSD diagnosis is not required in order to receive this treatment. Also, TF-CBT effectively addresses many other trauma impacts, including affective (e.g., depressive, anxiety), cognitive and behavioral problems, as well as improves the participating parent’s or caregiver’s personal distress about a child client’s traumatic experience, effective parenting skills, and supportive interactions with the child.
TF-CBT is effective for diverse, multiple and complex trauma experiences, for youth of different developmental levels, and across different cultures. TF-CBT successfully resolves a broad array of emotional and behavioral difficulties associated with single, multiple and complex trauma experiences.