Treatment for Complex Trauma

Descriptions of many of the clinical treatments, mental health interventions, and other trauma-informed service approaches developed by members of the National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN) are available under NCTSN Empirically Supported Treatments and Promising Practices.

The following interventions have been developed specifically for Complex Trauma and were designed to address a range of developmental concerns and competencies: 

For children, adolescents, and young adults:
For adolescents and young adults:
For children and their parents or caregivers:
  • ITCT-C: Integrative Treatment of Complex Trauma for Children
For the entire family:

While not specifically designed for complex trauma, TF-CBT (Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy) and CPP (Child-Parent Psychotherapy) have also been utilized effectively to reduce PTSD and related difficulties in select complex trauma populations and settings. Please consult with a certified trainer for guidance on how to adapt TF-CBT or CPP for complexly traumatized populations.