Trauma-Focused CBT for PTSD in children and young people

Starts 30 November 2020

Length: 3 days (30 November, 1 December and 2 December)
Location: Online (Zoom/MS Teams)
Primary audience: Qualified CBT practitioners

This course is now full, but you can still join the waitlist.

About this workshop

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 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 familiesFamiliarity 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.

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.

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


Please note you must be able to attend all 3 days:

  • Day 1: 30 November (Monday) | 09:00 – 14:30
  • Day 2: 1 December (Tuesday) | 09:00 – 14:30
  • Day 3: 2 December (Wednesday) | 09:00 – 14:30

There will be 20 spaces available.