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Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT)

What are the benefits of participation?

TF-CBT is a highly effective treatment for symptoms of traumatic stress in children and youth. Over 80% of traumatized children will show significant improvement in 12 to 16 weeks. Family functioning is improved because TF-CBT encourages the parent to be the primary agent of change for the traumatized child.

Download the Ambit TF-CBT brochure.

Who is TF-CBT for?

TF-CBT is suitable for many children who have experienced trauma, including children with multiple or complex trauma. TF-CBT has been successfully adapted to address the unique needs of several special populations including Latino, Native American, and hearing-impaired families. Children as young as three can be treated with TF-CBT. 

Who provides TF-CBT?

TF-CBT can be administered by a variety of mental health professionals, including psychologists, counselors, and family therapists.

Are you a provider interested in being trained in TF-CBT? Please visit Training in TF-CBT with Ambit Network.

Are you interested in finding a TF-CBT trained provider? Please visit our Find a Trained Therapist page for a list of agencies with TF-CBT trained providers, as well as contact information.

How does TF-CBT work?

TF-CBT works by establishing and maintaining a therapeutic relationship with the child and parent. There are eight key components of TF-CBT. Together, they make up the acronym PRACTICE (click the image to download a PDF):