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

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Targets traumatic stress symptoms (e.g., PTSD) in children 3 to 18.


15 to 30 sessions average depending on severity of traumatic stress


20 Randomized Controlled Trials (RCTs) and over 50 empirical, peer reviewed studies


TF-CBT has been demonstrated to work on the following populations with traumatic stress:

  • Foster children
  • Children with developmental disabilities
  • Latino children
  • Native American children
  • Children with on-going trauma (e.g., on-going domestic violence)
  • Internationally (e.g., with children who are victims of civil war and HIV epidemic in the Democratic Republic of the Congo)
  • School based
  • Children with Complex Trauma
  • CSEC (Commercially Sexually Exploited Children)

This list is not all-inclusive and further evidence can be accessed at the California Evidence Based Clearinghouse, SAMSHA, or