• Date: Monday 6th – Tuesday 7th November 2023
  • Time: 09:30 – 16:30
  • Location: Streatham Campus, Exeter
  • Category: CPD

Please note this event is aimed at qualified practitioners employed at one of our partner services within the South West Community of Practice.


TF-CBT is the worldwide leading intervention for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder in children and young people.  It is the first line treatment approach from NICE for children who have experienced trauma, including sexual trauma.

It was developed by Judith Cohen, Tony Mannarino and Esther Deblinger* and its efficacy has been demonstrated in over twenty RCTs across the world for a wide range of traumas including domestic violence, sexual trauma and sexual abuse, neighbourhood/community violence, and natural disasters.

This 2-day training is suitable for people who have been working with children and adolescents in mental health settings; ideally with a core qualification, and who have well developed skills working with children and adolescents and their families. Therapists need to understand the principles of evidence-based therapy and therefore be comfortable working with faithfulness to a model. Familiarity with the CBT approach of exploring and  linking thoughts feelings and behaviour is important but no deeper knowledge is assumed; similarly practitioners need to be comfortable working with parents and carers alongside the work with children and young people.   Due to the current COVID-19 situation, we will spend some time looking at delivering this intervention on-line as well.  Trauma work and trauma training mean that you will be exposed to distressing clinical material.

The training is aimed at working with PTSD and not developmental / complex trauma – though NOT limited to single incident traumas and we will briefly look at PTSD in the context of more complex developmental trauma as well.

Helpful resources related to training can be found here:

  • Cohen, J., Mannarino, A., & Deblinger E. (2017) Treating Trauma and Traumatic Grief in Children and Adolescents.  2nd edn The Guilford Press, New York.
  • Dr Joan Kaufman outlining the approach (short YouTube clip) TF-CBT
  • TF-CBT on-line training (highly recommended) TF-CBT Web


Caroline Clunies-Ross is a Principal Clinical Psychologist and has been trained by the TF-CBT developers in the USA and has trained and supervised other CAMHS practitioners to use this model for the past five years.  An audit of our work within a specialist CAMHS team for CYP who have experienced sexual abuse and assault showed that we are getting the same level of positive outcomes as the research suggests.


Please note this event is now full.