Trauma-Grief Component Therapy for Adolescents (TGCT-A)

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About This Program

Target Population: Adolescent males or females aged 12-20 from a broad spectrum of socioeconomic, religious, cultural and ethnic groups who have been exposed to trauma, loss, or a combination of the two

For children/adolescents ages: 12 – 20

Brief Description

TGCT-A is a manualized, assessment-driven group or individual treatment program for trauma-exposed or traumatically bereaved older children and adolescents. It is designed to address the complex needs of youth who must content with the interplay of trauma and grief. Its modular design, with workbook and detailed instructions, enables it to be customized for specific youth needs and varying lengths of treatment. It is organized into four modules that can be used in multiple configurations. Module I provides psychoeducation regarding traumatic stress and grief reactions, and training in core skills for emotion regulation, dealing with trauma and loss reminders, accessing social support, etc. Module II provides guidelines for facilitating narrative construction and sharing of trauma-/loss experiences. Module III provides a customized approach to grief based on the assessment of a youth's multidimensional grief profile. Specific skill training and therapeutic experiences are provided depending on the mix of separation distress, existential/identity distress, or circumstance-related distress (traumatic circumstances of death). Module IV promotes developmental progression, planning for upcoming stressors, and consolidates treatment gains.

Program Goals:

The goals of Trauma -Grief Component Therapy for Adolescents (TGCT-A) are:

  • Reduce PTSD
  • Reduce depression
  • Reduce maladaptive grief
  • Improve school behavior
  • Resume developmental progression

Contact Information

William R. Saltzman, PhD
Agency/Affiliation: California State University, Long Beach
Phone: (626) 840-2900
Fax: (626) 798-4312

Date Research Evidence Last Reviewed by CEBC: May 2016

Date Program Content Last Reviewed by Program Staff: April 2017

Date Program Originally Loaded onto CEBC: August 2016