Trauma-Focused Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy

Anthony P. Mannarino, Judith A. Cohen, Esther Deblinger

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20 Scopus citations


Trauma-Focused Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) was originally developed for children who had been sexually abused and their non-offending caretakers (Cohen et al., Treating trauma and traumatic grief in children and adolescents. Guildford Press, New York, 2006). This chapter reviews the research that demonstrates the effectiveness of TF-CBT in reducing a variety of symptoms and problems in child victims and their non-offending caretakers, as well as for children who have experienced domestic violence, traumatic loss, and multiple traumas. In a meta-analysis of evidence-based psychosocial treatments for children and adolescents exposed to traumatic events, TF-CBT was the only intervention that achieved the “well-established” criteria for efficacy (Silverman et al., J Clin Child Adolesc Psychol, 37:156–183, 2008). An overview of TF-CBT is also provided along with examples of the process of treatment and a description of progress toward treatment success. A case is presented that documents the progression of a maltreated child in TF-CBT, and describes its value as a mental health treatment.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationChild Maltreatment
Subtitle of host publicationContemporary Issues in Research and Policy
PublisherSpringer Nature
Number of pages21
StatePublished - 2014
Externally publishedYes

Publication series

NameChild Maltreatment: Contemporary Issues in Research and Policy
ISSN (Print)2211-9701
ISSN (Electronic)2211-971X

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Anthropology
  • Health(social science)
  • Psychology (miscellaneous)
  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)


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