Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioural Therapy: Blending Theory with Innovative Techniques

Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioural Therapy: Blending Theory with Innovative Techniques



Event Details

Date: June 6 and 7, 2019

Facilitator: Liana Lowenstein, MSW, RSW, CPT-SP

This training is suitable for: Mental Health Clinicians

Pre-requisites:  Understanding of the impact of trauma on children, good child psychotherapy skills


Description: Trauma-Focused Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy (TF-CBT) is an empirically-supported psychotherapy model for treating traumatized children and adolescents.  The effectiveness of this approach is enhanced by integrating creative, developmentally appropriate interventions so that children will engage in treatment.


This two-day workshop will provide an overview of TF-CBT and will present creative interventions for the 8 components of TF-CBT.  Psychoeducation, relaxation, affective modulation, cognitive processing, trauma narrative, in-vivo mastery, conjoint child-parent sessions, and enhancing safety.  Therapeutic games, art, stories and other innovative activities will be presented for use with traumatized children aged 4-16. Strategies for working with hard-to-engage children and parents will also be outlined.


Through case examples, activity demonstrations, experiential exercises, and videos of actual client sessions. this workshop will combine theoretical material with hands-on therapeutic interventions. Workshop participants will come away with a solid understanding of TF-CBT, and many new and innovative techniques for treating traumatized children and adolescents.


Learning Objectives:


  • The theoretical framework of TF-CBT
  • Creative (play therapy) interventions for each of the eight treatment components of TF-CBT
  • Strategies for engaging children in play therapy (and parents in treatment)
  • How to utilize TF-CBT in play therapy to treat a range of childhood traumas including sexual abuse, domestic violence, traumatic grief, car accidents, natural disasters.
*Photography is being used for illustrative purposes only and any person depicted in the content is a model, except where indicated.

  • When

  • Thursday, June 6, 2019 - Friday, June 7, 2019
    9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    Eastern Time

  • Where

  • SickKids Centre for Community Mental Health Learning Institute
    114 Maitland Street
    Toronto, Ontario M4Y 1E1

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