Trauma-Focused Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) [Sexual Behavior Problems in Children, Treatment of] (TF-CBT)
About This Program
The information in this program outline is provided by the program representative and edited by the CEBC staff. Trauma-Focused Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) [Sexual Behavior Problems in Children, Treatment of] (TF-CBT) has been rated by the CEBC in the area of: Sexual Behavior Problems in Children, Treatment of.
Target Population: Children (3-12) with a known trauma history who are experiencing sexual behavior problems and significant Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) symptoms, whether or not they meet full diagnostic criteria.
For children/adolescents ages: 3 – 12
For parents/caregivers of children ages: 3 – 12
TF-CBT is a conjoint child and parent psychotherapy model for children who are experiencing significant emotional and behavioral difficulties related to traumatic life events. It is a components-based hybrid treatment model that incorporates trauma-sensitive interventions with cognitive behavioral, family, and humanistic principles. TF-CBT is also rated a “1 – Well-Supported Research Evidence” in the Trauma Treatment (Child & Adolescent) and Anxiety Treatment (Child & Adolescent) topic areas for children with a known trauma history who are experiencing significant Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) symptoms, whether or not they meet full diagnostic criteria. The children can also be experiencing depression, anxiety, and/or shame. In addition, children experiencing Childhood Traumatic Grief can also benefit from the treatment. Please click here to go to that entry.
The overall goal of TF-CBT is to address symptoms resulting from a specific traumatic experience or experiences. This includes:
- Improving child PTSD, depressive and anxiety symptoms
- Improving child externalizing behavior problems (including sexual behavior problems if related to trauma)
- Improving parenting skills and parental support of the child, and reducing parental distress
- Enhancing parent-child communication, attachment, and ability to maintain safety
- Improving child's adaptive functioning
- Reducing shame and embarrassment related to the traumatic experiences
- Name: Judith Cohen, MD
- Agency/Affiliation: Allegheny General Hospital, Drexel University College of Medicine
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Phone: (412) 330-4321
- Fax: (412) 330-4377
Date Research Evidence Last Reviewed by CEBC: September 2013
Date Program Originally Loaded onto CEBC: September 2011
Date Program Content Last Reviewed by Program Staff: September 2011