What is TF-CBT
Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is an evidenced-based, short-term treatment for children who have been exposed to trauma and are having emotional and/or behavioral reactions. TF-CBT was developed to help traumatized children regain a sense of safety and manage their physical, emotional and behavioral stressors. TF-CBT is designed to treat children ages 3 to 18 and includes a significant family component.
TF-CBT helps children to:
- Understand that the trauma was not their fault
- Identify feelings and learn how to manage them
- Learn relaxation skills and how to tolerate trauma reminders
- Recognize negative thoughts that lead to emotional and behavioral problems
- Develop and enhance their safety skills
Family component –
Children improve more quickly when their caregivers learn skills to cope and help their children cope with the trauma. Having caregivers involved in treatment is essential and caregivers have the opportunity to discuss their own feelings, learn new techniques and strategies to improve parenting skills, and receive on-going support.
What can parents do to help their child?
- Reassure your child that he/she is safe, secure, and loved
- Help your child to return to typical routines as much as possible (e.g. sleep, school, being with friends)
- Talk with your child about his/her thoughts and feelings
- Be patient and accepting of your child’s reactions
- Remind your child that the traumatic event was not his/her fault
If you would like more information about our TF-CBT program, please contact the coordinator, Erica Mott, LPC