Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT)

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

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

For more information:

Trauma Focused CBT National Certification Program 

    The NM EBP Qualification for the TF-CBT specific rate is:

    1. Demonstrated completion of Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy National Therapist Certification Program.

    If you meet these standards, complete the application above and provide all requested information and supporting documentation. Applications will be reviewed, and qualifications will be verified by the Center of Innovation team, in consultation with EBP experts. Recommendations for approval of a provider’s EBP qualifications for the EBP specific rate will be made to the State.

    TF-CBT Training and Consultation

    If you have received some trainnig in TF-CBT but do not currently meet the TF-CBT qualification standards, or if you have interest in trainings in TF-CBT, please complete the TF-CBT Interest Form. The information you provide will be used to guide NMSU Center of Innovation’s future trainings to support providers in achieving the TF-CBT qualifications required for the TF-CBT specific rate. 

    EBP Provider Suggestion Form

    Are you able to recommend specific provider agencies interested in or practicing TF-CBT or other Evidence-Based Practices or would like to share other outreach opportunities EBP providers can be recruited from? If so, complete the EBP Provider Suggestion Form