Trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy for youth who experience continuous traumatic exposure

Laura K. Murray, Judith A. Cohen, Anthony P. Mannarino

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Abstract

Many evidence-based treatments are now available for traumatized children and youth, and their families. Although these are typically based on past traumas, a large portion of these youth experience continuous traumas. Trauma-focused cognitive- behavioral therapy (TF-CBT) is an evidence-based treatment that has been used successfully with youth and families who experience ongoing traumas. Within these studies and projects, TF-CBT trainers have worked collaboratively with stakeholders, families, and service providers to develop TF-CBT strategies to best respond to populations with continuous trauma. This article highlights certain projects, presents common conceptualizations of continuous trauma, and describes four practical strategies commonly and successfully utilized with youth/families experiencing continuous trauma. Each strategy is exemplified with case studies. The addition of such strategies helped to assure safety and enhance the uptake of coping skills as traumas arise. Research suggests that even in cases of continuous traumas, youth can be treated with TF-CBT and significantly improve symptoms.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)180-195
Number of pages16
JournalPeace and Conflict
Volume19
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 13 2013

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Keywords

  • Children
  • Continuous trauma
  • Domestic violence
  • Evidencebased practice
  • Trauma-focused CBT

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Political Science and International Relations

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