When children have symptoms related to child abuse of trauma, evidence-based treatments are available to help the child and family heal. The Morgan County CAC is committed to using treatments that have been proven in research to be effective. Based on the needs identified in the mental health assessment, children and their caregivers are connected to services at the CAC. The CAC’s primary intervention used with children, adolescents, and their caregivers is Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT).
Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
TF-CBT is an evidence-based treatment that integrates cognitive behavioral techniques with trauma-specific interventions. The model has been researched in numerous randomized clinical trials and is considered the Best Practice model for reducing traumatized children’s emotional and behavioral problems. Children and families who receive TF-CBT meet weekly with a therapist, both individually and jointly. This treatment typically lasts 12-20 sessions. The CAC assesses symptoms at the beginning of treatment, at the midpoint, and at the completion of treatment. Children and their caregivers report significant symptom improvement in over 90% of cases.
This project was supported by Subgrant #18-VA-VS-029 awarded by the Law Enforcement Traffic Safety Division of ADECA and the U.S. Department of Justice. The opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Department of Justice or grant-making component.