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Trauma-Focused Therapy: Free Resources

By Emily Habelrih


The National Institute of Mental Health (USA) defines childhood trauma as: “The experience of an event by a child that is emotionally painful or distressful, which often results in lasting mental and physical effects.”


Childhood trauma can result from a number of different things. For example, if a child witnesses or experiences an event such as a car accident. However, childhood trauma can also include sexual abuse, neglect, emotional abuse, physical abuse, experiencing war/death, accidents, natural disasters, and so on. Trauma can even result from a medical procedure/illness or the death of a close family member.


One of the most common methods of therapy to assist children who have experienced trauma, is TF-CBT (trauma-focused cognitive behavioural therapy). TF-CBT addresses the specific emotional and mental health needs of children, adolescents, adult survivors, and families who are struggling to overcome the destructive effects of childhood trauma.


There are a number of TF-CBT resources, that I have reviewed in the Anxiety Resource Guide. This can be purchased from the 'shop' section of this website. However, I have found some great free downloadable resources for you guys:




3. A booklist of resources related to trauma and TF-CBT: http://www.episcenter.psu.edu/sites/default/files/ebp/TF-CBT-Book-List.pdf



I hope you find these resources useful and they are able to help the children and young people you work with!



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