Evidence Based Research : Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavior Therapy

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Evidence-based research suggests trauma focused cognitive behavior therapy (TB-CBT) is a particularly effective model to use with individuals who has experienced childhood trauma. TB-CBT is evidence-based; it is a treatment model that was designed to assist children, adolescents, and their families to overcome the damaging effects of traumatic experiences. Eye movement and desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR), is another evidence-based treatment that uses therapy to process distressing memories, with the goal of reducing the lingering influences and allows the child to develop effective coping skills. Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavior Therapy TF-CBT is a psychosocial treatment identified as appropriate for children three to 18 years…show more content…
This treatment modality has proven effective with reducing symptoms related to PTSD, anxiety, depression, sexual behaviors problems, and shame in different random control trial (Simonich et al., 2015). TF-CBT is an adaptable model that can be used to treat a wide-range of trauma and developmental levels (Simonich et al., 2015). When aftercare follow-up was conducted there is supported evidence that participants continue to thrive 6 months, one year, and two years post-treatment (Murray et al., 2013). CF-CBT is has three phases: stabilization, trauma narrative and integration. When treatment is implemented, the individual is gradually exposed to the following sections in order to benefit from using the learned skills when trauma reminders or cues occur (Fitzgerald & Cohen, 2012). The therapy is made up of 9 modules and uses the acronym PRACTICE, with an additional GE: Gradual Exposure included in all the treatment sections, which is detailed as follows: 1) psycho-education and parenting skills, provide education trauma reminders and usual responses to trauma, normalize the child’s and parent’s response and hope for recovery. 2) Relaxation techniques, with a focus on deep breathing, muscle relaxing and teaching the individual to control their thoughts, and mindfulness; 3) affective expression and regulation, teaching the individual and parent to control emotions, reminders and self-soothe, problem solving and social support.
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