Trauma-Focused Coping (TFC)

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About This Program

Target Population: Children and adolescents in schools who have suffered a traumatic exposure (e.g., disaster, violence, murder, suicide, fire, accidents)

For children/adolescents ages: 9 – 18

Brief Description

TFC targets the internalizing effects of exposure to trauma in children and adolescents, with an emphasis on treating posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and the collateral symptoms of depression, anxiety, anger, and an external locus of control [i.e., tendency to attribute one’s experiences to fate, chance, or luck]. The intervention utilizes social learning theory and a skills-oriented cognitive-behavioral approach that is carried out in 14-week sessions of gradual exposure, moving from psycho-education, anxiety management skill building, and cognitive coping training to finally trauma narrative and cognitive restructuring activities.

Program Goals:

The goals of Trauma-Focused Coping (TFC) are:

  • Reduction/end of PTSD, depression, and anxiety symptoms
  • Reduced anger expression
  • A move to internal locus of control (i.e., tendency to believe that one has control one’s own destiny)

Contact Information

Lisa Amaya-Jackson, MD, MPH
Agency/Affiliation: Duke School of Medicine
Department: National Center for Child Traumatic Stress; Duke Evidence-based Practice Implementation Center
Phone: (919) 613-9851 or (919) 613-9898

Date Research Evidence Last Reviewed by CEBC: July 2017

Date Program Content Last Reviewed by Program Staff: May 2014

Date Program Originally Loaded onto CEBC: September 2011