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Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT)

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. Judith Cohen, Esther Deblinger and Anthony Mannarino to help children and their caregivers overcome the negative effects of childhood traumatic stress.

TF-CBT teaches children and their caregivers skills in stress management, cognitive processing, communication, trauma processing and safety. It is important that the child’s primary caregiver(s) participate in the treatment to enhance parenting skills and manage caregivers’ own reactions to the child’s traumatic stress.

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This two-day training provides 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.

Graduates of the two-day training and follow-up consultation are eligible to apply for national certification as TF-CBT providers.

The TF-CBT PRACTICE components include:

  • Psychoeducation
  • Parenting Skills
  • Relaxation
  • Affective Expression and Modulation
  • Cognitive Coping — The Cognitive Triangle
  • Trauma Narrative and Cognitive Processing the Traumatic Experience
  • In Vivo Mastery of Trauma Reminders
  • Conjoint Child-Parent Sessions
  • Enhancing Future Safety and Development

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 or 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.

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. A certificate of completion should be presented to training staff on the first day of training.   

Required book: Prior to the training, participants 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 (or higher) in a related field or enrollment in such a graduate program 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. 

Post-Training Requirements: Graduates of the training are required to attend 12 monthly clinical consultation conference calls with the primary certified trainer, Dr. Olafson.

Participants include:

  • Social workers
  • Psychologists
  • Psychiatrists
  • Clinical counselors