Sexual Abuse Counselling Centre_Parent Support Handbook

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.


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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