Fairy Tale Model (Treating Problem Behaviors: A Trauma-Informed Approach)

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Scientific Rating:
Promising Research Evidence
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Child Welfare System Relevance Level:
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About This Program

The information in this program outline is provided by the program representative and edited by the CEBC staff. Fairy Tale Model (Treating Problem Behaviors: A Trauma-Informed Approach) has been rated by the CEBC in the area of: Trauma Treatment - Client-Level Interventions (Child & Adolescent).

Target Population: Teens (13 to 18 years of age) with emotional and behavior problems

For children/adolescents ages: 13 – 18

Brief Description

The Fairy Tale Model is a model of trauma-informed psychotherapy and is so named because it is taught with the telling of a fairy tale, in which each element of the story corresponds to one of the phases in treatment. Following the treatment manual, Treating Problem Behaviors: A Trauma-Informed Approach, this phase model of trauma-informed treatment calls for a given phase of treatment to be pursued until the client outcome specified for that phase has been achieved. The treatment manual has scripted interventions for working with teens individually.

Program Goals:

The goals of the Fairy Tale Model (Treating Problem Behaviors: A Trauma-Informed Approach) are:

  • Recognizing the trauma/loss contribution to the presenting problem
  • Improving motivation
  • Improving stability and self-management skills
  • Resolving trauma/loss memories
  • Anticipating future challenges

Contact Information

Name: Ricky Greenwald, PsyD
Agency/Affiliation: Trauma Institute & Child Trauma Institute
Website: www.childtrauma.com/treatment/phase-model
Phone: (413) 774-2340

Date Research Evidence Last Reviewed by CEBC: July 2017

Date Program Content Last Reviewed by Program Staff: May 2017

Date Program Originally Loaded onto CEBC: December 2013