Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Children and Families

Presented by Judith Cohen, MD on 09-07-2018 at 9 a.m. Pacific (noon Eastern) to 11 a.m. Pacific (2 p.m. Eastern)

Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) is an evidence-based treatment for traumatized children and adolescents and their parents or primary caregivers. TF-CBT has proven results for resolving trauma-related difficulties in children and adolescents.    

In this 2-hour continuing education web conference, Dr. Judith Cohen, a co-developer of TF-CBT, will describe the complex ways trauma can impact children’s functioning and the core principles of TF-CBT treatment. These core principles include:

  • components-based and phase-based treatment
  • proportionality of treatment
  • the use of gradual exposure
  • inclusion of parents or caregivers

Dr. Cohen will also provide a basic introduction to the TF-CBT components summarized by the acronym PRACTICE: psychoeducation and parenting skills, relaxation skills, affective modulation skills, cognitive processing skills, trauma narration and processing, in vivo mastery, conjoint child-parent sessions, and enhancing safety and future developmental trajectory. 

Dr. Cohen will discuss the research supporting the Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy model which has been documented in more than 20 randomized controlled trials for children ages 3-18 years old in the United States, Europe, Africa, and Australia. Traumas the children experienced included sexual abuse, commercial sexual exploitation, domestic violence, terrorism, war, multiple/mixed traumas, and complex trauma. Dr. Cohen will explain research outcomes that have indicated the superiority of TF-CBT over other treatment conditions in improving children’s posttraumatic stress, depression, anxiety, behavioral, cognitive, and social competence symptoms as well as improving parental symptoms. 

This introductory instructional level web conference is designed to help clinicians:

  1. Describe five domains of children’s functioning that may be impacted by trauma.
  2. Describe three core Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy principles.
  3. Describe the TF-CBT practice components.
  4. Summarize the evidence base supporting the efficacy of TF-CBT for traumatized children.
  5. Describe four steps required for obtaining TF-CBT National Therapist Certification.

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How the Web Conference Works

Before the scheduled event, all registered attendees will be sent a reminder email from GoodTherapy.org with specific instructions on how to log in to the web conference center, as well as links to optional handout materials if applicable. 

To attend the event, registered attendees will log in to the web conference center using a computer or device (smartphone or tablet with internet access) and calling in to the teleconference line on a phone. Attendees will be able to ask live audio questions via phone and/or submit text chat questions via their computer or device. Attendees who are logged in to the event center will be able to see live streaming video and/or document sharing. Alternatively, attendees may dial in to the teleconference line only, though attendees dialing in by phone only will be unable to ask questions. 

At the conclusion of this event, participants will receive an email with information about how to request a CE certificate in the GoodTherapy.org Member's Area. To confirm attendance, participants must enter the start and end codes announced at the beginning and end of the live presentation. Participants will also be prompted to complete an online survey evaluating the event. Participants will need to complete this online survey within six days after the event. Once completed, participants will be able to download a copy of their CE certificate instantly. 

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Continuing Education (CE) Information

CE contact hours will be provided by GoodTherapy.org for attending this web conference in its entirety. 

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Registration Information

This web conference is available at no cost to GoodTherapy.org members.

Meet the Presenter

Judith Cohen, MD

Judith Cohen, MD

Judith A. Cohen, MD is a Board-Certified Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist, Medical Director of the Center for Traumatic Stress in Children and Adolescents at Allegheny General Hospital (AGH) in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and Professor of Psychiatry at Drexel University College of Medicine. 

Dr. Cohen developed and tested Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT)--an evidence-based treatment for traumatized children and their caregivers--along with Anthony Mannarino, PhD and Esther Deblinger, PhD. Together they wrote Treating Trauma and Traumatic Grief in Children and Adolescents (now in its 2nd edition) and Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Children and Adolescents: Treatment Applications, published by Guilford Press. Dr. Cohen has received more than a dozen federal grants related to child trauma from the National Institute of Mental Health, National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. 

Dr. Cohen served on the Board of Directors of the American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children and received its Outstanding Professional Award. She is a past member of the Board of Directors of the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies, past Associate Editor of its Journal of Traumatic Stress, co-editor of its published guidelines for treating PTSD, and received its Sarah Haley Memorial Award for Professional Excellence. 

Additionally, Dr. Cohen is Co-Chair of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Child Maltreatment and Violence Committee, first author of its PTSD practice parameters, a past member of its Journal’s Editorial Board, and recipient of its Rieger Award for Scientific Achievement. She is also on the advisory boards to Sesame Street and the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors which supports military children who have experienced traumatic grief. 

For more information about Dr. Cohen and Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy training, including web-based training, live training, and TF-CBT National Therapist Certification, please visit www.tfcbt.org.

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    GoodTherapy.org is Approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. GoodTherapy.org maintains responsibility for this program and its content. GoodTherapy.org received APA approval in May 2011. Events after 2011 may meet APA requirements for Continuing Education credits.
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    This course has been approved by GoodTherapy.org, as a NAADAC Approved Education Provider, for educational credits. NAADAC Provider #135463. GoodTherapy.org is responsible for all aspects of their programming.
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    GoodTherapy.org, provider #1352, is approved as a provider for social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) www.aswb.org through the Approved Continuing Education (ACE) Program. GoodTherapy.org maintains responsibility for the program. ASWB Approval Period: 03/30/2016 – 03/30/2019. Social workers should contact their regulatory board to determine course approval for continuing education credits. Social workers participating in this course will receive 2 clinical continuing education clock hours.
  • GoodTherapy.org, LLC is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #SW-0395.
  • GoodTherapy.org, LLC is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed marriage and family therapists #MFT-0022 and for licensed mental health counselors #MHC-0031.