Trauma Focused - Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) Learning Collaborative

The Treatment Collaborative for Traumatized Youth (TCTY) announces that the next round of Trauma Focused – Cognitive Behavior Therapy training will be held in Fargo, ND on March 21 & 22, 2019. The TF-CBT learning collaborative will run for six months (April 2019 through September 2019).

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) Learning Collaborative is:

  • Structured short-term (4-6 months) therapy.
  • Appropriate for children ages 3-18 who have experienced one or more traumatic events & are currently experiencing symptoms of post-traumatic stress.
  • Parents are often the most important people in the child’s life and the TF-CBT model encourages caregiver’s active participation. If the parent is not able to participate (i.e. foster care), a stable caretaker who can support the child can participate.
  • Therapist meets with the child each week and then with the parents to teach them ways to help their child at home.
  • This evidence based practice (EBP) has been proven in research studies to be very effective in helping traumatized kids get better in a relatively short period of time.
  • Research suggests that PTSD symptoms need to be addressed as early as possible to prevent long-term difficulties.
  • TF-CBT addresses and includes:
    • Education about trauma and common reactions
    • Help with parenting and behavior problems
    • Relaxation/stress management training
    • Learning about feelings and ways to express them
    • Learning about our thoughts, feelings, and actions
    • Developing creative ways for kids to gradually tell their stories about what happened
    • Changing any unhelpful thoughts about the trauma
    • Family sessions to help the family talk together about trauma
    • Learning and practicing safety skills
    • Talking abouttrauma will be done in a gradual, supportive manner (so that the child will be able to tolerate the discomfort associated with the discussion) and will not occur until the child has learned some skills to cope with the discomfort

As part of the 6 month training clinicians will receive:

  • Two days of training on TF-CBT (March 21 & 22, 2019)
  • 10-12, 60-minute consultation phone calls with the trainers over the course of six monthsto review and discuss ongoing cases fromthe trainees
  • Treatment materials, including the TF-CBT session guide, study materials, worksheets for clients and handouts to illustrate the concepts of TF-CBT 2
  • CEU Credits for continuing education (approximately 10-12 hours)
  • Certificate of completion as a TF-CBT Clinician

Interested clinicians submitting an application must: be a MSW, LPC, LPCC, LICSW, LCSW, or Psychologist to participate in the TF-CBT training (Per fidelity to the training model) and must:

  1. Commit to and fully participate in the 6 month Learning Collaborative
  2. Complete the TF-CBT Online Training before the 6 month Learning Collabrative is complete (Free CEU’s)
  3. Commit to using this evidence based practice to the full fidelity of the TF-CBT model
  4. Attend the 2 day face-to-face training in Fargo, March 21 & 22, 2019
  5. 100% attendance & participation in bi-weekly group consultation phone calls & fidelity follow up
  6. Open cases during the six month consultation period (Certification is contingent upon participation and opening of 2 cases)
  7. Completing pre & post-tests during the learning collaborative cases that meet the criteria for implementing TF-CBT
  8. Agree to work with individuals who are between 4-18 years of age and have a caseload that is predominately with children and adolescents
  9. Willing to accept trauma cases as part of their regular case load at their agency

Please feel free to use the contact information below with any questions.

Jennifer J. Boub, MBA
Project Manager
Treatment Collaborative for Traumatized Youth (TCTY)
Prevent Child Abuse North Dakota

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