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Trauma and Grief Component Therapy for Adolescents (TGCTA)

Trauma and Grief Component Therapy for Adolescents (TGCTA)

Trauma and Grief Component Therapy for Adolescents (TGCTA) training is for professionals who provide adolescent mental health services in the schools, in clinics, and to juvenile justice-involved youth in residential treatment or on probation. 

It is an evidence-based treatment developed and tested initially by Drs. Christopher Layne, William Saltzman and Robert Pynoos and adapted for justice-involved youth by Barbara Boat in collaboration with the original development team.  The current manual will be published by Cambridge University Press in 2015.

TGCTA is a four-module training that addresses:

  • Foundational knowledge and skills to enhance posttraumatic emotional, cognitive and behavioral regulation
  • Group sharing and processing of trauma experiences
  • Group sharing and processing of grief and loss experiences
  • Resumption of adaptive developmental progression and future orientation

Because the training manual contains step-by-step instructions for implementation, it can be administered not only by trained clinicians but also by non-mental health professionals such as teachers, facility staff and coaches. 

When trained in conjunction with Think Trauma, which instructs facility staff and/or probation officers about posttraumatic reactions and offers skills to manage them, TGCTA has been shown to reduce incident reports and threatening behavior by youth in several facilities while also reducing the severity of PTSD and other posttraumatic symptoms among youth.

  • No trainings scheduled at this time.  Please contact us to arrange a training onsite for you.

This three-day training provides mental health professionals, residential facility staff and probation officers with a comprehensive understanding of TGCTA as well as hands-on opportunities to practice the TGCTA components. Graduates are required to participate in monthly consultation calls during initial implementation of TGCTA.

Learning Objectives

  1. Identify and engage children, caregivers, teachers and/or staff members who would benefit from TGCTA.
  2. Describe the treatment components and understand the underlying rationale for each of the four modules.
  3. Develop and practice skills to implement each module.
  4. Learn several creative approaches for doing the trauma narrative.
  5. Learn several creative approaches for doing the grief / loss narrative.
  6. Learn strategies for addressing inaccurate or unhelpful trauma- and loss-related cognitions.
  7. Address common barriers to treatment implementation and sustainability.


Attendees receive 18 Counselor or Social Worker CEUs through the Ohio Counselor, Social Worker and Marriage & Family Therapist Board.

CEUs: This training offers 18 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 trainer.

Participants include:

  • Social workers
  • Psychologists
  • Psychiatrists
  • Clinical counselors
  • Teachers
  • Residential treatment staff
  • Probation officers