Free CEU’s: Trauma Focused CBT (TF-CBT)

If you are like me and use CBT (which I imagine you do) then I hope you will find this very helpful. The Medical University of North Carolina and the National Child Traumatic Stress Network have put together a CEU accredited 10 hour FREE online training on Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy T (TF-CBT). The online training can be found at their website: . It does take a full day to complete the training, so this isn’t a skip through a bunch of pages and get your certificate kind of deal. I have used this curriculum in a residential and school environment with success.

Other TF-CBT resources are listed below. Let me know if you have take the training or used it in your work before.

The Manual :

(includes printable UCLA PTSD Child, Adolescent, and Parent Index for DSM-IV- a PTSD Assessment)

FREE TF-CBT Workbook:

Treating PTSD and Behavioral Issues using TF-CBT:

(on page 7 there is a very simple behavior management outline/plan that would be great to use with parents)

Play and TF-CBT:

This gives very specific examples of play therapy techniques that can go with various phases. I was not aware of all of these and did some research to find an explanation for as many as I can find- IF YOU KNOW THE ONES I COULD NOT FIND- PLEASE SHARE! See my Play Therapy Resource Library Post here.

It also suggests using the Child Behavior Checklist (CBCL). It is long and scoring is not a breeze but does give you a good overall view of problems and progress. More info can be found here:

Sexual Abuse Play Therapy Exercises/Powerpoint from Lowenstein:

Play Therapy, TF-CBT with Maltreated Children:

TF-CBT CEU approvals:

  • Approval-SC Board of Social Work Examiners
  • Approval-SC Board of Examiners in Psychology
  • Approval-SC Board of LPCs, MFTs, & Psycho-Ed Specialists – #433
  • Approval-PA-The Medical University of South Carolina is a pre-approved CEU provider under Section 47.36. Professional and Vocational Standards, State Board of Social Workers, Marriage and Family Therapists and Professional Counselors.
  • Providership #886453433 NASW
  • Providership #50-6856 FL – Board of Clinical Social Work, Marriage and Family Therapy and Mental Health Counseling
  • Providership PCE#4226 California Board of Behavioral Sciences, MFTs and LCSWs
  • State of Oklahoma Board of Examiners of Psychologists approved CTGWeb for continuing professional education credits for psychologists.





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This is an art/play project created by the child and parent. A caterpillar is created by the parent and child in the session with pipe cleaners and other art supplies. They also use foam sheets, markers and pipe cleaners to create butterflies. They list several (i.e., four) problems/symptoms that they would like to address in therapy. After the caterpillar and butterfly are created, several (i.e., four) problems/symptoms are listed under the title caterpillar and the corresponding goals are listed below the title butterfly.

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