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Title: CBT for Traumatized Youth: Components of Evidence-Based Practice
Abstract: Dozens of randomized trials over the past two decades have established trauma-specific cognitive behavioral therapies as efficacious for children exposed to violence and disaster. Trauma-specific CBTs have resulted in significant reductions in PTSD, depression, and externalizing behavior problems in preschoolers, children, and adolescents who have been sexually abused, physically abused, exposed to intimate partner violence, and terrorism/disasters. Trauma-specific CBTS that include caregivers also have shown improvements in parenting skills and caregiver stress. Dr. Elissa Brown, Director of the Child HELP (Heal, Empower, Learn, Prevent) Partnership, a program dedicated to protecting children from violence and its mental health impact, will be conducting a webinar on trauma-specific CBTs for families. Dr. Brown is a certified trainer for Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and a co-developer of Alternatives for Families: A Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. Dr. Brown will provide an overview of treatment goals and associated components, including: (1) engagement and psychoeducation, (2) building coping skills, (3) parent training for caregivers, (4) imaginal exposure for youth, and (5) conjoint sessions with children and their caregivers to improve communication, particularly about the trauma, and enhance family problem solving. Case examples will be integrated into the presentation. Resources for further training and education will be provided.