Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (special certification required)

Definition (certification required – click here for a current list of certified providers)

Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is a model of psychotherapy that effectively combines trauma-sensitive interventions with cognitive behavioral therapy. It is designed to address the needs of children with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) or other significant behavioral problems related to traumatic life experiences. DHS is working collaboratively with Ambit Network to train mental health professionals across the state in the practice of TF-CBT.

Map of Trained Providers in Minnesota

The treatment components of TF-CBT provide children and parents with knowledge and skills to

  • • Process trauma
  • • Manage distressing thoughts, feelings and behaviors
  • • Enhance safety, parenting skills and family communication

This treatment results in improvements in PTSD symptoms such as depression, anxiety, behavior problems, sexualized behaviors, trauma-related shame, interpersonal trust and social competence.