Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT)

Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) is used at CFCC for children that have experienced a trauma such as sexual abuse, or domestic violence.  Often children experience guilt and confusion over what has taken place.  The clinician uses TF-CBT to help the child analyze and break down what has happened to them.  This helps them understand their experience through a more realistic lens.  This is often necessary since traumas can create false beliefs in the child or youth’s thinking.  They may think they are to blame for instance.

 

The clinician works with the child to clarify their inaccurate views surrounding the trauma.  Anxiety decreases as the child talks about the incident and shares the details through writing or drawing a narrative of their story depending on their age.  Education on safety and reducing the risks of further abuse are given by the counselor.  Relaxation exercises are taught for the child or youth to use when feelings of anxiety increase.  The clinician teaches coping skills to deal with inaccurate thoughts versus correct ones and how to know the difference.  The child/youth learns how their thoughts, feelings and behavior are interconnected.  They learn how their thinking can change their attitude and behavior.

 

This behavioral approach also supports the parent by the clinician teaching effective ways to manage a child that is acting out.  Disruptive behavior is common among children who have been abused.  CFCCC supports parents by providing them with strategies to cope with these often overwhelming negative behaviors.

To learn more about TF-CBT please follow this link:

http://tfcbt.musc.edu/login.php