Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT)
What is TF-CBT?
TF-CBT is a therapy that helps children, youth and their families who have been affected by traumatic events.
How do we know that TF-CBT is effective?
TF-CBT has proven effectiveness with both children and youth who have experienced trauma.
What Does TF-CBT Include?
This component is for parents/caregivers and is to help them learn to handle behaviours the child/youth is showing that are difficult or are interfering with family relationships.
The child/youth and parent/caregiver identify typical trauma-related emotions such as fear or anxiety, sadness, or grief, anger, or shame, and learn specific skills to handle these difficult emotions in constructive ways.
The child/youth & parent/caregiver learn about traumatic stress; typical reactions and why they happen; about the systems that may be involved and may affect reactions; the connection between thoughts, feelings and behaviour; and what is involved in therapy.
LEARN NEW SKILLS
The child/youth and parent/caregiver identify typical unhelpful trauma-related beliefs. They learn more accurate and helpful ways to think about what happened
The child/youth becomes able to remember and talk about what happened without being really upset or avoiding the memories and how to handle trauma reminders.
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