Cue-Centered Treatment (CCT)

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About This Program

Target Population: Youth ages 8-18 with a chronic history of trauma, adversity, and ongoing stress

For children/adolescents ages: 8 – 18

For parents/caregivers of children ages: 8 – 18

Brief Description

CCT is a manualized protocol consisting of 15 sessions. It is an integrative approach combining elements from cognitive, behavioral, psychodynamic, expressive, and family therapies to address four core domains: cognition, behavior, emotions, and physiology. The primary goal of CCT is to build strength and resilience by empowering the child through knowledge regarding the relationship between their history of trauma exposure and current affective, cognitive, behavioral, or physiological responses. Children and parents learn about the significance of traumatic stress, how adaptive responses become maladaptive, how to cope with rather than avoid ongoing stress, and the importance of verbalizing their life experiences. The treatment process is designed to help build overall competence, reduce physical symptoms of anxiety, modify cognitive distortions, and facilitate emotional expression. In CCT, youth and caregivers are taught how to recognize and effectively manage maladaptive responses that occur in response to traumatic reminders (cues).

Program Goals:

The goals of Cue-Centered Treatment (CCT) are:

  • Build strength and resilience
  • Reduce negative cognitions
  • Foster emotional expression
  • Identify and change trauma-related responses
  • Empower youth to be their own agents of change
  • Strengthen the relationship between youth and their caregivers

Contact Information

Hilit Kletter, PhD
Agency/Affiliation: Stanford University Early Life Stress and Pediatric Anxiety Program
Phone: (650) 723-5511
Fax: (650) 724-7389

Date Research Evidence Last Reviewed by CEBC: March 2016

Last CEBC Contact Date: February 2018

Date Program Content Last Reviewed by Program Staff: February 2018

Date Program Originally Loaded onto CEBC: June 2016