To better protect and heal children from trauma and its emotional impact

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Trauma Focused-Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT)

Dr. Brown, the Child HELP Partnership’s Executive Director, is a certified trainer in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT; Cohen, Deblinger, & Mannarino, 2006). TF-CBT is a form of talk therapy that was developed for sexually abused children and their non-offending caregivers. TF-CBT also has been tested and proven to help children exposed to domestic violence and other forms of trauma.

The facts

The evidence supporting the efficacy of TF-CBT is impressive. To date, Cohen and colleagues have published over 12 randomized controlled trials (e.g., Cohen et al., 2006; Cohen, Mannarino, & Iyangar, 2011; Cohen, Mannarino, & Murray, 2012) with preschoolers, children, and adolescents who have been sexually abused and more recently, exposed to intimate partner and ongoing violence. In a series of multi-site trials with over 300 participants from urban and rural settings, TF-CBT treatment effects included significant reductions in children’s PTSD, depressive symptoms, and externalizing behaviors (Cohen, Deblinger, Mannarino, & Steer, 2004; Cohen, Mannarino, & Knudsen, 2005). And that’s just the beginning.

In her role as a trainer, Dr. Brown provides didactic learning sessions in the model, as well as ongoing consultation. Following training with Dr. Brown, interested therapists can apply for certification in the model.

How to schedule

Child HELP Partnership provides TF-CBT trainings multiple times throughout the year. Training includes: completion of the TF-CBT web-based training, attendance at a 3-day face-to-face (zoom)  learning session, and participation in 12 consultation calls. The three-day trainings are held via Zoom. Space is limited; thus, pre-registration is required.

If you are interested in attending or have any questions, please contact us at or 718-990-2367.


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