Trauma-Focused Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) [Sexual Behavior Problems in Children, Treatment of]

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Scientific Rating:
2
Supported by Research Evidence
See scale of 1-5
Child Welfare System Relevance Level:
High
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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. Trauma-Focused Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) [Sexual Behavior Problems in Children, Treatment of] has been rated by the CEBC in the area of: Sexual Behavior Problems Treatment (Children).

Target Population: Children (3-12) with a known trauma history who are experiencing sexual behavior problems and significant posttraumatic 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

Brief Description

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 - Client-Level Interventions (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.


Program Goals:

The overall goal of Trauma-Focused Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) is:

  • Address symptoms resulting from a specific traumatic experience or experiences which 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

Contact Information

Name: Judith Cohen, MD
Agency/Affiliation: Allegheny General Hospital, Drexel University College of Medicine
Email:
Phone: (412) 330-4321
Fax: (412) 330-4377

Date Research Evidence Last Reviewed by CEBC: September 2015

Date Program Content Last Reviewed by Program Staff: June 2015

Date Program Originally Loaded onto CEBC: September 2011