Trauma-Focused CBT for Children and Adolescents: Treatment Applications

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Since the publication of the authoritative Treating Trauma and Traumatic Grief in Children and Adolescents, trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy (TF-CBT) has become the leading empirically supported treatment for children exposed to traumatic life events. This book — featuring a wealth of clinical examples — describes ways that TF-CBT is being applied in a range of contexts and with diverse populations. Experienced clinicians provide specific recommendations for effectively implementing the approach in schools, foster care, and residential and international settings; incorporating play strategically; and tailoring TF-CBT for adolescents with complex trauma, children with developmental challenges, military families, and Latino and Native American children.

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Editorial Reviews

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"Cohen, Mannarino, and Deblinger have done it again! The TF-CBT developers compile the wisdom of expert clinicians and trainers in this valuable book. They share innovative strategies for applying TF-CBT to serve children across varying settings, developmental issues, and special populations."--Lisa Amaya-Jackson, MD, MPH, Department of Psychiatry, Duke University School of Medicine; Associate Director, UCLA-Duke National Center for Child Traumatic Stress

"Provides extensive, clinically grounded illustrations of how TF-CBT can be flexibly used to address trauma impact for children in varied and complex circumstances. Therapists will find critical information for enhancing therapy effectiveness in diverse populations, from foster children to military families. Chapters provide specific adjustments and adaptations for each of the standard components of TF-CBT, supported with relevant case examples. The volume demonstrates how this empirically supported intervention can be broadly applied to the full range of children and families affected by trauma. It also has utility for graduate students learning evidence-based practice. The book shows that it is possible to remain faithful to a model while making population-specific adaptations."--Lucy Berliner, MSW, Director, Harborview Center for Sexual Assault and Traumatic Stress, Seattle

"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/m-/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, PhD, Barbara Lemann Professor of Pediatrics and Psychiatry, Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center

"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, PhD, VA National Center for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder and Boston University School of Medicine

Journal of the Canadian Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

"Even more informative and readable than I had expected....This practical book outlines the therapy in a way that makes it come alive....Many good practical examples, as well as a trouble-shooting section, complete each chapter. Handouts for patients and an excellent reference section complete the book. The authors'' impressive breadth of knowledge and experience makes this book valuable for any professional who might find families with traumatic experiences in their practice. I strongly recommend it to my colleagues."--Journal of the Canadian Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781462504824
  • Publisher: Guilford Publications, Inc.
  • Publication date: 6/25/2012
  • Pages: 308
  • Sales rank: 146,257
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Judith A. Cohen, MD, a board-certified child and adolescent psychiatrist, is 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, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, and the U.S. Department of Justice. She is a recipient of the Outstanding Professional Award from the American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children (APSAC) and the Rieger Psychodynamic Psychotherapy Award from the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.
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. A leader in the child traumatic stress field since the 1980s, Dr. Mannarino has received many honors, including the APSAC Outstanding Article Award for papers published in Child Maltreatment. He is a past president of APSAC and of the Section on Child Maltreatment, Society for Child and Family Policy and Practice (Division 37), 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 School of Osteopathic Medicine, University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey. 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 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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Table of Contents

Introduction, Esther Deblinger, Judith A. Cohen, and Anthony P. Mannarino
I. TF-CBT Setting Applications
1. Schools, Susana Rivera
2. Children in Foster Care, Shannon Dorsey and Esther Deblinger
3. Residential Treatment, Judith A. Cohen, Anthony P. Mannarino, and Daniela Navarro
II. TF-CBT Developmental Applications
4. Play Applications and Skills Components, Athena A. Drewes and Angela M. Cavett
5. Play Applications and Trauma-Specific Components, Angela M. Cavett and Athena A. Drewes
6. Children with Developmental Disabilities, Christina A. Grosso
7. Adolescents with Complex Trauma, Matthew Kliethermes and Rachel Wamser
III. TF-CBT Applications for Special Populations
8. Children in Military Families, Judith A. Cohen and Stephen J. Cozza
9. International Settings, Laura K. Murray and Stephanie A. Skavenski
10. Children of Latino Descent: Culturally Modified TF-CBT, Michael A. de Arellano, Carla Kmett Danielson, and Julia Felton11. American Indian and Alaska Native Children: Honoring Children–Mending the Circle, Dolores Subia BigFoot and Susan R. Schmidt

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