178.  Transforming Trauma: The Power of Trauma-Focused CBT

What is Trauma-Focused CBT??

Discover the Transformative Power of Trauma-Focused Therapy for Children in this Latest Pediatric Meltdown episode! Learn how Dr. Judith Cohen and this groundbreaking approach are revolutionizing children’s mental health and trauma treatment.

Delve into the impactful narrative of Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TFCBT) as Dr. Cohen shares her expertise and the critical components of this life-changing therapy. From identifying trauma reminders to transferring agency to the child and parents, this episode is a must-listen for anyone passionate about pediatric mental health and trauma care.

Join us as we unravel the intricacies of trauma therapy, uncover the key components of TF-CBT, and uncover the invaluable insights shared by Dr. Cohen in this enlightening discussion        

 

[00:33 – 32:48]  Trauma-Focused CBT Explained

  • Trauma- Focused CBT is a specific treatment developed for children and their families to overcome the impact of trauma.
  • It encompasses 9 components, encapsulated in the acronym ‘PRACTICE’.
  • Practice of resiliency skills by children and their caregivers is emphasized outside therapy.
  • Resiliency skills are reinforced through consistent practice within therapy for children and families

 

[32:49 – 42:24Supporting Trauma Therapists: Coping with Client Traumas  

  • Therapists’ personal trauma experiences can shape their treatment methods.
  • The burden of processing many children’s trauma narratives weekly is challenging.
  • Therapists navigate their emotional health and children’s varied trauma recovery stages.
  • Self-care and a compassionate medical community culture are crucial for therapists’ longevity.

 

[42:25 – 50:43]  Evidence-Based Psychotherapy as First-Line Treatment for Childhood Trauma

  • Trauma experiences directly influence the choice of treatment, with TF-CBT being the frontline option.
  • Prescribing medication is not recommended until a sufficient trial of psychotherapy has been conducted.
  • A good clinician will reassess and adapt TF-CBT techniques to suit each child’s individual circumstances.
  • Psychotherapeutic intervention aims to resolve trauma-related difficulties stemming from the child’s experiences.

 

[50:44 – 59:40Advancements in Trauma Therapy Accessibility for Children

  • The national certification for Trauma-focused CBT practitioners enhances accessibility to qualified therapists.
  • The availability of certification sites as an important development over time.
  • Bridging the gap between pediatric care and specialized trauma therapy.
  • The integration of therapy directories into care plans makes it easier for clinicians to make informed referrals.

 

[59:41 – 1:05:03Closing segment Takeaway

 

Links to resources mentioned on the show

National Child Traumatic Stress Network:

https://www.nctsn.org/interventions/trauma-focused-cognitive-behavioral-therap 

The NCTSN Secondary Traumatic Stress are available here:  https://www.nctsn.org/trauma-informed-care/secondary-traumatic-stress/nctsn-resources

Locate Trauma- Focused CBT certified therapists here: https://tfcbt.org/therapists

Locate PCIT therapists here: https://www.pcit.org/united-states.html

Locate Child Parent Psychotherapy providers herehttps://childparentpsychotherapy.com/resources/roster/

 

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Key quotes for Twitter:

“I would say to anybody, if you have a chance to work with somebody instead of competing against them, do that. It’s just been amazing.”..Judith Cohen on the power of collaborative work

“And recalling these trauma memories helps them also to Remember their maladaptive cognitions.”… Judith Cohen on Processing childhood trauma

     

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