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Training in TF-CBT with Ambit Network

Ambit Network, in collaboration with the Minnesota Department of Human Services, provides training in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) to community partners using the Learning Collaborative (LC) model. The LC model used by the National Child Traumatic Stress Network includes 12- to 16-months of formal training and consultation to support long-term behavior change and the sustainability of a treatment within an agency. Each cohort, or group of individuals that participates in an LC together, is comprised of teams from 5-7 agencies. Each team includes one supervisor and 2-4 therapists.

Ambit's TF-CBT Learning Collaboratives

  1. Four to six days of in-person trainings with a nationally-approved TF-CBT trainer
  2. On training days, trainees receive instruction on trauma and its effect on children and adolescents, administration and interpretation of clinical assessments to screen for trauma and post-traumatic symptoms, implementation strategies and sustainability practices for TF-CBT and the PRACTICE components of the TF-CBT model (see the "Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy" link for more information).

  3. Bi-monthly consultation calls with a nationally-approved TF-CBT trainer
  4. Members of each cohort participate on consultation calls with the same TF-CBT trainer who facilitates in-person trainings. During consultation calls, trainees review PRACTICE components, address clinical issues and questions, and discuss the sustainability of TF-CBT in their agency. Each trainee also prepares a case presentation about a current TF-CBT client to receive feedback and support from the TF-CBT trainer and their peers.

  5. Technical support and client monitoring provided by Ambit Network
  6. After the first in-person training days, cohort members begin a practicum period of TF-CBT, during which they being providing TF-CBT treatment to clients. During the practicum period, Ambit Network provides extensive assistance and support to clinical trainees, including scoring clinical assessments, monitoring client progress throughout treatment, and monitoring fidelity to the TF-CBT model.

If you are interested in more information about upcoming TF-CBT Learning Collaboratives, please email tfcbt@umn.edu for more information or call (612) 624-7722.


Ambit’s Regional Trauma Training

Ambit Network is a Community Treatment and Services Center in the National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN), funded by SAMHSA. We offer training and ongoing consultation on child traumatic stress to workers in child serving systems including: child welfare and juvenile justice, education, law enforcement, and courts. Though we focus on four regions in the state: White Earth Nation, Central MN, Southeastern MN, and several metro counties, we are available when and where needed.

The length and depth of our training and consultation is tailored to our audience using curricula developed by the NCTSN. Examples include:

Elements of training include: trauma facts, understanding child traumatic stress and its impact on the brain, the psychological and behavioral impact of child traumatic stress on the stages of child development, coping skills, self-care, and suggestions for working with children and youth who have experienced traumatic stress.

For more information, contact: tfcbt@umn.edu