TF-CBT (Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behaviour Therapy)
TF-CBT (Trauma-focused cognitive behaviour therapy) is an evidence-based model for working with traumatized youth. Treatment typically runs 12-16 weeks, depending on the complexity of the trauma, and parent/caregivers are involved whenever possible. I typically administer psychometrics (questionnaires) to evaluate the child's level of distress before treatment begins; furthermore, this helps guide the choice and direction of interventions. We re-evaluate symptoms at the end of treatment as well.
TF-CBT develops stress management, relaxation, affect regulation and cognitive coping skills, and gives the youth an opportunity to tell their story through a trauma narrative (TN). The TN can be done through written, artistic or any expressive means that suits the individual youth. Gradual exposure and desensitization occur throughout the treatment process so that the youth gains a sense of mastery over reminders (also known as triggers). Additionally, cognitive distortions are identified and corrected, and treatment ends with a focus on enhancing future safety.
If you want to learn more about TF-CBT, please visit this site: tfcbt.musc.edu