A parent’s role is constantly evolving. At times, the work of a parent can feel stressful, challenging, and sometimes daunting, especially when a son or daughter has been exposed to a traumatic event, including physical or sexual abuse or some other violent act, catastrophe, or significant loss.

ARBEST was created with parents and their children in mind. Our mission is to train professionals in Arkansas to provide the best care possible for youth experiencing trauma, their siblings (when appropriate), and their parents, caregivers or other family members.

It’s important to find a mental health professional near you with specialized training in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), one of the most effective interventions developed to treat trauma. TF-CBT has shown to be an effective treatment for children ages 3-17 years old. It teaches children and adolescents as well as other family members about the emotional and physical effects of trauma and coping skills to reduce negative effects. To find a clinician who has specialized trauma training, visit our Trained Clinicians page. Our Resources will help you find agencies and organizations specializing in trauma so you might better help your child recover from a traumatic event.


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