TF-CBT is widely considered the gold standard for treating trauma in children and adolescents. It is evidenced-based and shown to be highly effective. Research indicates that it is appropriate up to age 18 and for clients of all cultures and backgrounds. This form of therapy is typically brief; an average treatment consists of 12-20 sessions. TF-CBT also utilizes a client’s caregivers into the model to promote caregiver support to the child, enhance communication between client and caregiver, and offers parenting skills. At WCRJC, therapists will involve a client’s parents/guardians, treatment providers, and WCRJC staff as appropriate
The goals of TF-CBT are to help clients learn skills to cope with trauma, face and resolve trauma and related concerns, as well as effectively integrate their traumatic experiences and progress through life in a safe and positive manner. Clients are guided through three phases of the model to meet each of these goals. While TF-CBT is a structured therapy that follows a clear path, it is also flexible and can be adaptive to each individual client. A therapist using TF-CBT places an emphasis on developing a strong therapeutic relationship with the client and supports recovery through an individualized treatment plan.