Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) is an evidence-based treatment designed to provide an integrated approach to working with families with a child or adolescent who has serious emotional and behavioral difficulties related to one or more life traumatic events. TF-CBT is a components-based treatment with beginning, middle, and end stages. It includes weekly individual and family therapy lasting up to six months in duration. The caregiver plays an integral role in this treatment, as TF-CBT is an attachment-based treatment model. The child is taught a variety of skills to help them process and manage harmful thoughts, feelings, and behaviors related to traumatic life events. Upon mastery of the treatment skills, the child develops a Trauma Narrative with their therapist to process the past trauma, and correct thought distortions and harmful feelings of shame and guilt associated with the traumatic event. The TF-CBT program can include ancillary services as needed, including, but not limited to: Community Living Supports, Respite, Psychiatric Services, Treatment Groups and referrals for additional groups within the community.
Objective: To provide an evidence-based treatment that addresses the past traumatic events that are often the underlying root of the harmful thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. The treatment also includes comprehensive services to address trauma-related mental health issues, which will promote normal development and healthy family functioning, support and preserve families, reunite families who have been separated, and reduce the usage of, or shorten the length of stay in psychiatric hospitals and other substitute settings.
Eligibility: Children, Adolescents and families residing in Kent County who have experienced one or more traumatic events leading to or exacerbating emotional, behavioral, and mental health symptoms.
Funding: Funding is provided by Network 180, the Heart of West Michigan United Way, and the generosity of corporate donors and private individuals.
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