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Managing the Pain: An Overview of Treating Trauma in Children Through Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

  • Eastern Area Health Education Center 2600 West Arlington Boulevard Greenville, NC, 27834 United States (map)

About the Workshop

Treating trauma and traumatic-grief in children can be a complex task. Effective treatment requires the use of an approach that is supported by research such as Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT). Providers and caregivers often wonder what is involved in TF-CBT and how does it differ from “traditional” CBT? What children and caregivers are appropriate for this model? This program will answer these questions as well as covering recommended assessments, goals of treatment, and information about how to become trained. The second half of the program will provide direct and specific strategies for assisting children and their parents with managing the symptoms related to PTSD. This will include cognitive, emotional, and behavioral approaches.


Upon completion of this workshop, participants should increase their ability to effectively care for clients by being able to: • Explain the benefits and expected outcomes of TF-CBT • Identify children who are appropriate for this treatment • List specific strategies to assist children and families with problem behaviors and emotions related to trauma; as well as implement these skills in their daily practice.