Trauma-Focused CBT for Children and Adolescents

Treatment Applications

Edited by Judith A. Cohen, Anthony P. Mannarino, Esther Deblinger

© 2013 – Guilford Press

308 pages

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About the Book

Featuring a wealth of clinical examples, this book facilitates implementation of trauma-focused cognitive-behavioral therapy (TF-CBT) in a range of contexts. It demonstrates how assessment strategies and treatment components can be tailored to optimally serve clients' needs while maintaining overall fidelity to the TF-CBT model. Coverage includes ways to overcome barriers to implementation in residential settings, foster placements, and low-resource countries. Contributors also describe how to use play to creatively engage kids of different ages, and present TF-CBT applications for adolescents with complex trauma, children with developmental challenges, military families struggling with the stresses of deployment, and Latino and Native American children.

See also Cohen et al.'s authoritative TF-CBT manual, Treating Trauma and Traumatic Grief in Children and Adolescents.


"Edited and written by expert clinicians, this book presents state-of-the-art treatments for traumatized children, adolescents, and their families. Cohen, Mannarino, and Deblinger are key contributors to recent advances in trauma-informed mental health services who have decades of experience in the field. A vital addition to the libraries of practicing clinicians, the book will also be of great benefit to students and trainees. I recommend it most highly." - Terence M. Keane, VA National Center for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder and Boston University School of Medicine, Massachusetts, USA

"This outstanding contribution helps professionals and students gain knowledge about many different applications of Trauma-Focused Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT). The book conveys the flexibility of this important approach and describes how to adapt it for a variety of settings and populations – for example, military families, children with developmental disabilities, and culturally diverse children. Particularly helpful are the discussions of strategies for tailoring TF-CBT to specific children's needs, such as by incorporating play or drawing on cultural traditions. This book should be required reading for all who work with traumatized children and their families, regardless of theoretical orientation, because it elucidates the impact of traumatic experiences – and meaningful ways to intervene – so well." - Joy D. Osofsky, Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center, USA

Table of Contents

Deblinger, Cohen, Mannarino Introduction to TF-CBT Treatment. Part I: TF-CBT Setting Applications. 1. Rivera, Schools. 2. Dorsey, Deblinger, Children in Foster Care. 3. Cohen, Mannarino, Navarro, Residential Treatment. Part II: TF-CBT Developmental Applications. 4. Drewes, Cavett, Play Applications and Skills Components. 5. Cavett, Drewes, Play Applications and Trauma-Specific Components. 6. Grosso, Children with Developmental Disabilities. 7. Kliethermes, Wamser, Adolescents with Complex Trauma. Part III: TF-CBT Applications for Special Populations. 8. Cohen, Cozza, Children in Military Families. 9. Murray, Skavenski, International Settings. 10. de Arellano, Kmett Danielson, Felton, Children of Latino Descent: Culturally Modified TF-CBT.11. Subia BigFoot, Schmidt, American Indian and Alaska Native Children: Honoring Children-Mending the Circle.

About the Editors

Judith A. Cohen, MD, is a board-certified child and adolescent psychiatrist and Medical Director of the Center for Traumatic Stress in Children and Adolescents, Allegheny General Hospital, Pittsburgh. With Dr. Mannarino, she has received funding to assess and treat traumatized children since 1986 from the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), and the U.S. Department of Justice. She is a recipient of the American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children (APSAC) Outstanding Professional Award and the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Rieger Award for Scientific Achievement

Anthony P. Mannarino, PhD, is Director of the Center for Traumatic Stress in Children and Adolescents and Vice Chair, Department of Psychiatry, Allegheny General Hospital. He is also Professor of Psychiatry at the Drexel University College of Medicine. Dr. Mannarino has been a leader in the child traumatic stress field for over 25 years. He has received many honors, including the Betty Elmer Outstanding Professional Award, the APSAC Outstanding Article Award for papers published in Child Maltreatment, and the SAMHSA Model Program Award. Dr. Mannarino is a past president of APSAC and of the Section on Child Maltreatment, Division of Child and Family Policy and Practice, American Psychological Association

Esther Deblinger, PhD, is Co-Founder and Co-Director of the CARES (Child Abuse Research Education and Service) Institute and Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ)–School of Osteopathic Medicine. A longtime collaborator with Drs. Cohen and Mannarino on the development, evaluation, and dissemination of TF-CBT, Dr. Deblinger has published widely on the treatment of child sexual abuse, trauma, and traumatic grief. Her scientific contributions over the past 25 years have been recognized with the APSAC Outstanding Research Career Achievement Award and the Rosenberry Award from the Children's Hospital of Denver, among other honors

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