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Trauma-focused cognitive-behavioral therapy (TF-CBT) is a treatment approach focusing on reducing symptoms related to posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in children and adolescents. Used by therapists when treating children and adolescents between the ages of 3 and 18 years who have symptoms of depression, anxiety, or PTSD, it is typically a 12- to 16-session treatment approach that uses parents or guardians as a component of treatment. TF-CBT has been shown to significantly reduce traumatic symptoms in children and adolescents.

Historical Context

TF-CBT was first developed in the late 1980s by Judy Cohen, Esther Deblinger, and Anthony Mannarino as a treatment exclusively for children and adolescents. TF-CBT is recommended for use with children and adolescents between the ages of 3 and 18 years who have been exposed to a ...

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