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Trauma-Focused Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy

Trauma-focused cognitive-behavioral therapy (TF-CBT) is an evidence-based treatment for families affected by childhood trauma. It adapts elements of cognitive-behavioral therapy to address the unique mental health needs of traumatized children and adolescents. Represented by the acronym PRACTICE, TF-CBT includes the following core treatment components: Psychoeducation and parenting skills training, Relaxation and stress management, Affective expression and modulation, Cognitive coping and processing, Trauma narration, In vivo exposure, Conjoint parent–child sessions, and Enriching future safety and development. This entry provides an overview of TF-CBT, focusing especially on the clinical application of the core treatment components.

Overview of TF-CBT

Many families are affected by experiences of childhood trauma. The prevalence of childhood physical and sexual abuse, for example, is alarmingly high. The consequences of childhood trauma can be devastating. ...

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