Trauma-Focused Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT)

What is TF-CBT?

Trauma-Focused Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) is a trauma-focused intervention for youth (ages 3-18) and their non-offending caregiver.

  • Appropriate for youth who are experiencing symptoms directly related to a traumatic event(s)
  • Average length of treatment: 8-25 weekly, 60-90 minute sessions
  • Targets posttraumatic stress, depressive, and behavioral symptoms
  • Maximum benefits when primary caregiver is actively involved in treatment

Return on Investment

In the United States, 61% of children are affected by violence, abuse, or crime, putting them at increased risk for depression, academic problems, violent behavior, substance use, delinquency, teen pregnancy, and other emotional-behavioral challenges. Lifetime costs of childhood maltreatment are estimated at $210,012 per case.

Service Delivery

TF-CBT has been successfully delivered in diverse settings where a non-offending caregiver is actively involved in treatment, such as clinics, in-home, residential treatment facilities, schools, and juvenile detention facilities.


Decreased post-traumatic stress symptoms continuing 2 years post treatment

Decreased depressive symptoms continuing 2 years post treatment

Decreased sexual behavior problems

Decreased dissociation continuing 1 year post treatment

Decreased externalizing behaviors

Decreased trauma-related parental distress continuing for 1 year post treatment

Improved parenting skills

Training Opportunities

We offer 2 training cohorts per year in TF-CBT. Training cohorts are 12 months long and consist of face-to-face learning sessions and faculty consultation. Contact NC CTP for more information.