This is one of the first books to present a systematic treatment approach, grounded in cognitive-behavioral therapy, for traumatized children and their families. It provides a comprehensive framework for assessing posttraumatic stress disorder, depression, anxiety, and other symptoms; developing a flexible, individualized treatment plan; and working collaboratively with children and parents to build core skills in such areas as affect regulation and safety. Specific guidance is offered for responding to different types of traumatic events, with an entire section devoted to grief-focused components. Also addressed are ways to tailor treatment to children's varying developmental levels and cultural backgrounds. The authors' approach has been nationally recognized as an exemplary evidence-based program.
Part I: Trauma-focused Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy. The Impact of Trauma and Grief on Children and Families. Assessment Strategies for Traumatized Children. The TF-CBT Model: How it Works. The Role of the TF-CBT Therapist. Part II: Trauma-focused Components. Introduction to the TF-CBT Components. Trauma-focused Component 1: Psychoeducation. Trauma-focused Component 2: Parenting Skills. Trauma-focused Component 3: Relaxation. Trauma-focused Component 4: Affective Expression and Modulation. Trauma-focused Component 5: Cognitive Coping and Processing I: The Cognitive Triangle. Trauma-focused Component 6: Trauma Narrative. Trauma-focused Component 7: Cognitive Coping and Processing II: Processing the Traumatic Experience. Trauma-focused Component 8: In Vivo Mastery of Trauma Reminders. Trauma-focused Component 9: Conjoint Child-Parent Sessions. Trauma-focused Component 10: Enhancing Future Safety and Development. Part III: Grief-focused Components. Introduction to the Grief-focused Components. Grief-focused Component 1: Grief Psychoeducation. Grief-focused Component 2: Grieving the Loss and Resolving Ambivalent Feelings About the Deceased: "What I Miss and What I Don't Miss." Grief-focused Component 3: Preserving Positive Memories of the Deceased. Grief-focused Component 4: Redefining the Relationship with the Deceased and Committing to Present Relationships. Grief-focused Component 5: Conjoint Child-parent Sessions, Treatment Review, and Closure. Appendix 1: Handouts. Appendix 2: Resources. Appendix 3: Additional Training.