Psychologists, Social Workers, Counselors, MFTs

Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) Implementation Manual


Course Description: Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) is a components-based psychosocial treatment model that incorporates elements of cognitive-behavioral, attachment, humanistic, empowerment, and family therapy models. TF-CBT is recognized as being one of the most effective interventions for children who have significant psychological symptoms related to trauma exposures.

Learning Objectives:

  • Describe the underlying components of Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
  • Analyze the  implementation of Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy at each stage of the process
  • Assess the key elements of delivery of Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
  • Analyze the steps taken to sustain fidelity to and avoid drift from Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

Course Components:

  • Online text (included)
  • Multiple choice online exam (included)
  • Electronic certificate of completion (free)

Course Credit(s): 3 CE Credits or Hours

Course Format: Online Text (format of this course is noninteractive)

Course Schedule: Self-paced

Course Author(s): Judith A. Cohen, MD, Anthony Mannarino, PhD, and Esther Deblinger, PhD

Content Publisher(s): Child Sexual Abuse Task Force and Research & Practice Core, National Child Traumatic Stress Network

Course Author(s) Qualifications:

Dr. Cohen is Medical Director of the Center for Traumatic Stress in Children & Adolescents at Allegheny General Hospital in Pittsburgh, PA, and Professor of Psychiatry at Drexel University College of Medicine. She is a Board Certified Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist.

Dr. Cohen has served on the Board of Directors of the American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children, and received its Outstanding Professional Award in 2000. She is currently a member of the Board of Directors of the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies, and is Associate Editor of its Journal of Traumatic Stress. She also served as the first author of the ISTSS published guidelines for treating childhood PTSD. Dr. Cohen is the Principal Author of the Practice Parameters for the assessment and treatment of childhood PTSD published by the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP). In 2004, ACCAP awarded her its 2004 Rieger Award for Scientific Achievement.

Dr. Mannarino is currently Chairman, Department of Psychiatry, and Director of the Center for Traumatic Stress in Children and Adolescents at Allegheny General Hospital, Pittsburgh, PA. He is also Professor of Psychiatry at the Drexel University College of Medicine.

Dr. Esther Deblinger is a licensed clinical psychologist and professor at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey - School of Osteopathic Medicine. She is co-founder and co-director of the New Jersey Child Abuse Research Education and Service (CARES) Institute, which is a member center of the National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN).

Course Level: Beginning/Introductory, Intermediate, Advanced

CEmobile, LLC, #1558, is approved as a provider for social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB), through the Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. CEmobile, LLC maintains responsibility for the program. ASWB Approval Period: 5/2/2018-5/2/2021. Social workers should contact their regulatory board to determine course approval for continuing education credits.
Social workers participating in this course will receive 3 clinical continuing education clock hours.

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