TREATMENT MODEL

Bethesda bases its therapeutic counseling services on the Trauma Focused-Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Model (TF-CBT). This model is a therapeutic intervention designed to help children, adolescents, and their parents overcome the trauma of adverse events, such as sexual abuse. All Bethesda counseling staff are trained in TF-CBT.  


THE FOCUS OF TREATMENT IS TO:

  • Assist the child or adolescent to develop coping strategies for traumatic stress reactions
  • Reduce symptoms of depression, anxiety, or acting out behavior which are common in children exposed to trauma

WHAT CAN MY CHILD EXPECT FROM TF-CBT?

You can expect that your child will:

  • Learn that the abuse and subsequent trauma is not their fault
  • Learn that they are not alone; they are not the only ones that have suffered abuse and trauma
  • Learn healthy coping skills and how to utilize those skills when faced with negative reminders
  • Identify negative thoughts that lead to depression or anxiety
  • Learn how to replace negative thoughts with more positive and helpful ones 
  • Learn helpful steps for personal safety

WHAT IS EXPECTED OF A PARENT OR CAREGIVER?

Participation of the caregiver is a helpful way to assist the child in treatment. If a caregiver participates, the child is more likely to succeed. TF-CBT assists caregivers by:

  • Helping them process their own feelings about the child’s traumatic experience
  • Adopting parenting skills and techniques
  • Improving communication 
  • Learning to support the child as he/she heals from the trauma

 

Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Resource