CACTX 2014

Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Learning Collaborative


This intensive mental health training spans twelve (12) months and covers five (5) of the eight (8) criteria for TF-CBT certification, a nationally recognized credential. The Learning Collaborative is specifically designed for clinicians who provide therapy in a children's advocacy center setting.

Participants will gain the knowledge and skills to deliver TF-CBT* to children who have experienced traumatic events and their caregivers. The curriculum introduces this components-based psychotherapy model, provides the underlying rationale of each component, and addresses common barriers to treatment implementation.

*TF-CBT is a structured, short-term treatment modality that effectively improves a range of trauma-related outcomes in 8-25 sessions. To date, fourteen (14) rigorous studies comparing TF-CBT to other active treatment conditions have been conducted in the U.S. (with Caucasian, African-American and Latino populations), Europe, Australia and Africa. All of these studies have documented that TF-CBT was superior for improving children’s trauma symptoms and responses.  Specifically, outcome data demonstrate significant improvement in child post-traumatic stress, depression, anxiety, sexual behavior problems, and aggression/conduct problems. In addition, the changes observed are greater than those observed with more traditional rapport-focused interventions. TF-CBT is endorsed by the National Child Traumatic Stress Network, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), and numerous other government and professional organizations.

Format: This comprehensive program includes thirteen (13) hours of online coursework, two (2) two-day learning sessions, delivery of the model and use of assessments with current trauma clients, monthly consultation webinars, case presentation, and the tracking and reporting of client progress.

January 29th 8:30am-4:30pm
January 30th 8:30am-4:30pm

Prerequisites: Current employment with or contractor of a local children’s advocacy center in the state of Texas as a mental health clinician, caseload that will allow TF-CBT treatment with clients on a weekly basis, and signed Executive Director Acknowledgement Form.

Approval Process: Registering for this training offering does not guarantee acceptance.* Applicants will be notified of their final registration status at a minimum of three (3) weeks prior to the start of the training. 

*Offering quality, professional training in a classroom environment is a key priority for our organization. We feel this format is the most conducive to effective learning as it allows for small group activities, one-on-one coaching, and ample opportunity for Q&A. However, given the inherent size of classroom training, we have to carefully manage the registration process. Our goal is to ensure that participants have timely access to the training offerings they are in need of in order to do their important jobs effectively. In reviewing registrations, our process is to assess both the registrant CAC’s needs as well as the registrant’s completion of course prerequisites.

Auditors: Supervisors of mental health clinicians who wish to obtain a better understanding of the clinician role and tenured clinicians who have previously completed TF-CBT training and are seeking to sharpen their skills may audit this training. Auditors are given the opportunity to participate in the online coursework and learning sessions.

CEU Credits: 26 Hours (LSW/LPC/LMFT)


  • When

  • January 29, 2018 - January 30, 2018

  • Where

  • Children's Advocacy Centers of Texas
    1501 W. Anderson Ln., Bldg. A
    Austin, TX 78757

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