This paper describes treatments for traumatic stress that are based on cognitive-behavioral approaches, including learning relaxation and stress management techniques, correcting distorted thoughts, and developing a trauma narrative.
How to Implement Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT)
Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) is a components-based psychosocial treatment model that incorporates elements of cognitive-behavioral, attachment, humanistic, empowerment, and family therapy models. This implementation manual is for therapists, clinical supervisors, program administrators, and other stakeholders who are considering the use of TF-CBT for traumatized children in their communities.
The documents linked from this page describe some of the clinical treatment and trauma-informed service approaches implemented by National Child Traumatic Stress Network centers, with the common goal of reducing the impact of exposure to traumatic events on children and adolescents. These treatments and approaches are presented for informational purposes, and no NCTSN endorsement of any specific treatment is meant or implied.
Prerequisite Clinical Competencies for Implementing Effective, Trauma-informed Intervention
The NCTSN has developed this position statement to guide agency leaders, clinicians, trainers, and others in optimizing service provision to children and families affected by trauma by prompting reflection on the basic clinical skills needed prior to receiving training in or implementing an evidence-based treatment (EBT). This position statement makes clear what basic, prerequisite competencies are required for the implementation of any EBT, both within and outside of the NCTSN.
The Hope of Family Focused Interventions for Child Physical Abuse
Using the case of one family that sought treatment, this video outlines the causes and consequences of child abuse, and describes how family-focused interventions can help families make a new beginning. Produced in partnership with the Physical Abuse Collaborative Group.
This DVD was developed to provide information about the impact of child sexual abuse, to emphasize the importance of including parents/caretakers in treatment, and to highlight the need for children in therapy to learn specific skills to deal with what has happened to them and to talk about the details of their sexually abusive experiences.
This book identifies trauma-informed treatment interventions and describes their level of cultural competency. The project was developed to assist mental health practitioners, policy makers, researchers, educators and clinicians in making treatment decisions that are based on clinical and research evidence.
The fact sheets linked from this page offer descriptive summaries of some of the clinical treatments, mental health interventions, and other trauma-informed service approaches that the National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN) and its various centers have developed and/or implemented as a means of promoting the Network’s mission of raising the standard of care for traumatized youth and families. This list does not present a comprehensive list of all relevant interventions developed and available for treating child traumatic stress. Nor do the fact sheets themselves offer a rigorous review of the evidence supporting each intervention. The NCTSN does not intend for this website to serve as a public notice or advertising space for interventions that its sites are not implementing.
Consult the NCTSN database of reviews for tools that measure children's experiences of trauma, their reactions to it, and other mental health and trauma-related issues.