Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavior Therapy Learning Collaborative

Trauma Focused – Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
An Evidence-Based Intervention for Children Exposed to Domestic Violence
Intensive Two Day TF-CBT Training
November 8-9, 2012
North Charleston, SC  
Trauma Focused-Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Children Exposed to Violence:
TF-CBT has been proven effective in addressing post-traumatic stress disorder, depression, anxiety, externalizing behaviors, sexualized behaviors, feelings of shame, and mistrust in children and adolescents (ages 3 to 18) who are dealing with the aftermath of exposure to domestic violence, sexual assault, or other traumatic experiences. This approach works with children and caregivers as they: learn new skills to help process thoughts and feelings related to traumatic life events; manage and resolve distressing thoughts, feelings, and behaviors; and enhance safety, growth, parenting skills, and family communication. Its core components include: Psycho-education, Stress Management, Affect Expression and Modulation, Cognitive Coping, Creating the Trauma Narrative, Cognitive Processing, Behavior Management Training, Parent-Child Sessions, and Evaluation.
Cultural Considerations:
TF-CBT has been evaluated with Caucasian and African American children and has been adapted for Latino and hearing-impaired/deaf populations. It is currently being adapted for Native American children. In addition to focusing on the basic components of this intervention, Dr. de Arellano will also discuss program adaptations to enhance the model’s relevance across various communities.
Who Should Attend this Skills-Based Training:
Mental health professionals including psychologists, social workers, professional counselors, psychiatrists, or clinical counselors who are working with children and families experiencing trauma should attend the training. It is also open to professionals who are currently seeking state-level mental health license in their home states.
Lead Trainer:
Dr. Michael de Arellano, Ph.D. is a Professor and a Licensed Clinical Psychologist at the National Crime Victims Research and Treatment Center (NCVC), Department of Psychiatry at the Medical University of South Carolina.  He graduated from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro in 1996 with a degree in Clinical Psychology, and he completed an NIMH-Funded post-doctoral fellowship in Violence and Traumatic Stress Research at the NCVC. 
Dr. de Arellano's clinical work and research focus on developing and evaluating treatment services for child victims of traumatic events from traditionally underserved population groups (e.g., rural, economically disadvantaged, Latino, African-American).  He is the director and founder of the NCVC Hispanic Outreach Program - Esperanza (HOPE) and the Community Outreach Program - Esperanza (COPE) Clinics, which provide community-based clinical services, advocacy, and intensive case management to underserved children and families who have been victimized by crime or other traumatic events.  His research and clinical work also have focused on evaluating and adapting evidence-based interventions for use with Latino child victims of traumatic events.
Training Prerequisites:
  • Must have (or be in the process of securing) a state mental health license.
  • Must complete the free, self-paced, online TF-CBT Web-Based Learning Course for Trauma Focused—Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. This free online course takes approximately ten hours to complete and provides foundational knowledge necessary to fully participate in the November 8-9, 2012 skills-based training.
  • Contact ALSO to obtain a PDF of the TF-CBT Training Manual.
Registration is open but priority is given to Office on Violence Against Women’s Children and Youth Exposed to Violence Grantees, their community partners, and other federally funded programs. Others will be considered on a first-come, first-served basis. Registration is capped at 45 participants. Click here to register.
Where Can I Get More Details?
For Registration Support Call: LaTanya Lane at 773.235.5705 ext. 31
For Other Information Call or Email: Nancy Cline at 917.447.3062 or
This project is supported by 2011-TA-AX-K082 awarded by the Office on Violence Against Women, U.S. Department of Justice. The opinions, findings, conclusions, and recommendations expressed in this training are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of the U.S. Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women.