TF-CBT is an evidence-based treatment approach to help children, adolescents and their families overcome trauma-related difficulties. It is designed to reduce negative emotional and behavioral responses following child sexual abuse, domestic violence, traumatic loss and other traumatic events. The treatment – based on learning and cognitive therapies – addresses distorted beliefs and attributions related to the abuse and provides a supportive environment in which children are encouraged to talk about their traumatic experience.
TF-CBT addresses the effects of sexual abuse and trauma. In the immediate as well as long-term aftermath of exposure to trauma, children are at risk for developing significant emotional and behavioral difficulties. These can impact the child’s daily life and effect behavior, school performance, attention, self-esteem and emotional regulation.
TF-CBT helps children to process their traumatic memories, overcome problematic thoughts and behaviors and develop effective coping and interpersonal skills. Typically TF-CBT is a short-term treatment (12 to 18 sessions). It is a structured treatment including psychoeducation and parenting skills, relaxation techniques, affective modulation, cognitive coping and processing as well as behavior management training. Parent-child sessions are often part of the treatment.