Childhood Trust

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

    Trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy (TF-CBT) training is for professionals who provide mental health services.  It is an evidence-based treatment developed and tested by Drs. Esther Deblinger, Judith Cohen and Anthony Mannarino to help children and their caregivers overcome the negative effects of traumatic life events. TF-CBT is a clinic-based, short-term treatment that teaches children skills in stress management, cognitive processing, communication, problem solving and safety. It is essential that the child’s primary caregiver participate in the treatment to enhance parenting skills and manage caregivers’ own reactions to the child’s trauma.

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    Course Dates

    • No trainings scheduled at this time.

    Course / Program Description

    This two-day training will provide mental health and related professionals with a comprehensive understanding of TF-CBT as well as hands-on opportunities to practice each of the TF-CBT components. TF-CBT components include:

    • Psychoeducation and parenting strategies
    • Relaxation
    • Affective expression and regulation
    • Cognitive coping
    • Trauma narrative and processing
    • Conjoint parent child sessions
    • Enhancing personal safety and future growth

    Learning Objectives

    1. Identify and engage children and families who would benefit from TF-CBT
    2. Describe the treatment components and understand the underlying rationale for each component
    3. Develop and practice skills to implement each treatment component
    4. Learn several creative approaches for doing the trauma narrative
    5. Learn strategies for addressing inaccurate / unhelpful trauma-related cognitions
    6. Address common barriers to treatment implementation


    Attendees receive 12 Counselor or Social Worker CEUs through the Ohio Counselor, Social Worker and Marriage & Family Therapist Board.

    Pre-Training Requirements

    • Required web-based training: Prior to attending our two-day training, participants are required to complete the TF-CBT web-based curriculum hosted by the University of South Carolina and supported by the National Child Traumatic Stress Network. The trainers prefer participants complete this web-based curriculum prior to attending the training as it provides a foundational understanding of TF-CBT which will accelerate the skills gained. A certificate of completion should be presented to training staff on the first day of training.  
    • Required book: Prior to the training, you will need to purchase and read Treating Trauma and Traumatic Grief in Children and Adolescents (2006), by Cohen, Mannarino and Deblinger.  ISBN-10:1593853084 / ISBN-13:978-1593853082. This can be purchased online through or a vendor of your choice.  
    • Education requirements: A master’s degree in a related field is required to attend this training. 
    • CEUs: This training offers 12 CEUs through the Ohio Counselor, Social Worker & Marriage and Family Therapist Board.  In order to receive 12 CEUs, you must attend both days of this training.


    Participants include:

      • Social workers
      • Psychologists
      • Psychiatrists
      • Clinical counselors

  • Trauma Treatment Training Center

    Additional training opportunities are offered through the Trauma Treatment Training Center (TTTC) at Cincinnati Children's.

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