The TF-CBT Training Model

Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) is an effective mental health treatment for youth who have experienced trauma, including sexual and physical abuse. Because TF-CBT has demonstrated success in reducing symptoms in children and adolescents and improves coping mechanisms of parents, a statewide dissemination of this intervention has been initiated by the ARBEST program.

Why do you need it?

Earning a certification of completion in TF-CBT will not only enable you to practice this success-proven model with your clients, but it will also list you in our database so that any parent, healthcare provider, mental health professional, or child advocacy center needing services will have access to your listing. Furthermore, this training is absolutely free to you. Training in TF-CBT for mental health professionals involves five stages, as described below.

Stage 1

Complete free online TF-CBT training for mental health professionals through the Medical University of South Carolina. Modules can be accessed any time; 10 continuing education credits are awarded at completion.

Stage 2

Register for access to the online ARBEST database. (Note: Full access to the database is granted after attending ARBEST’s Introductory TF-CBT conference, see Stage 3.)

Stage 3

Register for and attend ARBEST’s free Introductory TF-CBT Training. After the training, clinicians will have full access to the ARBEST database where they can enter assessments and monitor their clients’ progress through TF-CBT. Reports can be generated regarding clients’ PTSD symptoms, as well as treatment checklists, both of which will be used during consultation calls to monitor clinicians’ success in implementing TF-CBT.

Stage 4

Complete consultation calls involving case presentations and ongoing teleconferences with Dr. Mannarino and other TF-CBT experts twice a month for six months.

Stage 5

After completing the previous stages, clinicians will be awarded a Certificate of Completion from ARBEST and will be identified as having received training in the TF-CBT evidence-based model.

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