Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Treatment

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Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Treatment for Susan
Teddrick A. McCreary
The Chicago School of Professional Psychology

Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Treatment
Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) is a psychotherapeutic approach that involves conjoint therapy sessions of with the child and the parent. This approach is employed among children and/or adolescents that are experiencing emotional and behavioral difficulties that are significant and related to life events that are traumatic (Cohen, Mannarino, & Deblinger, 2012). TF-CBT is a components-based model of treatment that includes intervention that are trauma-sensitive and cognitive behavioral, family and humanistic therapy
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Trauma-Informed Assessment of Susan
Trauma-informed assessment comprises of the evaluation of the means by which the functioning of a child or youth might have been affected due a traumatic experience (Kerig, 2013). Three dimensions exist of trauma that the Trauma-Informed assessment might focus on. These include whether the child or youth has been exposed to events that are potentially traumatizing and whether displays symptoms that are linked to post traumatic stress. Finally, whether the youth meets the criteria for a formal Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) diagnosis as indicated in DSM-IV (Kerig, 2013).
Based on the case study provided Susan has qualifies as a youth that has had a traumatic experience on all three levels of focus in a trauma-informed assessment. Susan has been exposed to events that are traumatic. These are, for example, she has been for a long time been sexually abused by her father and her father frequently physically abused her mother over trivial issues and she even witnessed her parents fighting to the extent that her mother was hospitalized due to a head injury inflicted by her father. In addition, Susan displays symptoms that are linked to post traumatic stress disorder. These include the continuous engagement in daily physical altercations, sleeping difficulties, development of depression, drug experimentation, and aggressive behavior
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