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Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT)

  1. New Mexico Evidence Based Practices
  2. Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT)

This application is only for current providers already trained in this EBP to determine eligibility for specialized Medicaid rates. Information for new providers interested in starting training and consultation will be released in the coming months. 
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What is Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavior Therapy (TF-CBT)? 

TF-CBT (Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy) is a short-term, evidence-based treatment model for children and adolescents impacted by trauma and their parents or caregivers. The treatment is typically 12 to 16 sessions and includes individual sessions with the child or adolescent, individual sessions with the parent or caregiver and conjoint sessions with both the child and parent or caregiver.

The goals of treatment are to help the child develop coping strategies for traumatic stress reactions and reduce problematic symptoms and behaviors common in children exposed to trauma.

The phases of TF-CBT include 1) stabilization, 2) trauma narration and processing and 3) integration and consolidation.

Population Served

Children and adolescents (ages 3-18) who were exposed to one or more traumatic events (e.g., child maltreatment, community violence, traumatic loss of a loved one) and who experience the following:

• Symptoms of PTSD
• Elevated levels of depression, anxiety, shame, or other dysfunctional abuse-related feelings, thoughts, or developing beliefs
• Trauma-related behavioral problems, including age inappropriate sexual behaviors