Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) Community Based Learning Collaborative


Taught by the National Master Training Team from the Medical University of South Carolina

First Learning Session:
February 20 – 21, 2019

Second Learning Session:
June 26 – 27, 2019

Kristi House Children’s Advocacy Center is pleased to invite Miami-Dade child-serving professionals to apply to participate in the 2019 C-START Learning Collaborative:

APPLICATIONS: Registration is closed for the 2019 Learning Collaborative on TF-CBT. We are looking forward to working with clinicians, care workers and supervisors over the next year from 11 agencies. We are pleased to announce that Kristi House, with major support from the U.S. SAMHSA, will offer the training program in TF-CBT again in 2020. Send us an email if you want to be notified of this and future trainings.

TF-CBT is the most well-supported and effective treatment for children who have been abused or traumatized. It is effective for children exposed to a variety of traumatic events, has received the strongest empirical support from studies with sexually abused children, and is considered the preeminent intervention by the National Child Traumatic Stress Network. It is a short-term, components-based model that helps children and caregivers process traumatic events and related problems. Caregivers are actively involved in treatment to enhance support, facilitate open communication, and address their own trauma-related distress. It has shown promising results in pilot studies with trafficking victims. 

WHO CAN PARTICIPATE: Open to mental health clinicians, case managers, advocates and supervisors who serve children, especially those involved in child welfare, who have experienced trauma from sexual abuse, physical abuse, trafficking or some other adverse experience. Must have agency support to participate in the year-long training and practice experience.

COST: There is no cost to participate in the training and practice aside from $35 for the online TF-CBT web course to be completed before the first training. Interested professionals must apply, complete pre-work and make a commitment to work and report on cases using TF-CBT.

Kristi House’s C-START Project was launched in 2012 to build community-wide capacity to deliver evidence-based, trauma-informed, culturally competent treatment interventions for child victims of sexual abuse and other types of trauma. C-START utilizes a community-based learning collaborative approach to engage multiple stakeholders to ensure that children receive appropriate screening, referral to services, and quality treatment.

Michael de Arellano, Ph.D.of the Medical University of South Carolina, will serve as the lead faculty trainer for TF-CBT for child trauma. The yearlong collaborative will consist of an in-person senior leaders’ orientation, two learning sessions over two days each for clinicians, caseworkers and senior leaders, and ongoing consultation calls in the action periods in between.

First Learning Session:

February 20 – 21, 2019
Nicklaus Children’s Hospital:
3100 SW 62nd Ave. Miami, FL 33155 

To download flyer (PDF), click here or on the image below.


Training Tracks

The community based learning collaborative will include tracks for both mental health clinicians and “brokers” of mental health services.

Clinical Track: 

Participants are professionals who provide mental health treatment to abused children, youth and their families or who supervise this treatment or who direct mental health agencies and programs. Clinicians must hold a master’s degree or above or be enrolled in a graduate program in a mental health discipline. Clinicians will learn to do TF­-CBT with a high degree of skill and competence. Clinicians will include therapists, clinical supervisors, and senior leaders. 

“SENIOR LEADER” refers to directors, administrators, program managers and others who have agency leadership responsibilities and set policies and procedures. In the C-START CBLC, Senior Leaders will not be clinically trained in TF­-CBT. They will learn to encourage and facilitate the adoption, implementation, and sustained use of TF-­CBT in their organization and community. 

“SUPERVISOR” refers to participants who provide direct clinical supervision to therapists. They will be clinically trained in TF-­CBT as well as participate in special activities specifically for supervisors. Some supervisors do not currently see clients in their work. However, as part of the C-START CBLC, supervisors are asked to personally complete at least 2 TF-­CBT training cases. 

“THERAPIST” refers to clinicians who regularly deliver psychotherapy to child trauma clients. They will be trained in TF­-CBT and will complete at least 2 training cases. 

Broker Track: 

Participants are professionals who identify abused children and youth; develop service and treatment plans for them; refer children, youth and families to providers for mental health treatment; and case manage and follow the family over time. Examples of broker professionals include child protection workers, child welfare workers, guardians ad litem, juvenile justice caseworkers and officers, victim advocates, domestic violence shelter personnel, family advocates, guidance counselors and nonclinical CAC personnel. Brokers include front­line caseworkers, supervisors, and senior leaders. Brokers will learn about TF-­CBT, will learn to do Evidence­ Based Treatment Planning (EBTP), and will learn Case Management for Treatment Success (CMTS) skills. 

“SENIOR LEADER” refers to directors, administrators, program managers and others whose primary role is organizational or program leadership and management. 

“SUPERVISOR” refers to participants whose primary role is to provide direct supervision to front­line caseworkers. Supervisors may carry a caseload themselves, but their primary role is supervision of others. 

“CASEWORKER” refers to professionals whose primary role is to work with abused children, youth and their families, determine if they likely need mental health services, develop service and treatment plans, refer them to therapists for treatment, and manage the case over time. 


C-START is made possible by funding to Kristi House from U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) as a National Child Traumatic Stress Initiative Category III Community Treatment and Services Center (CTS). Grant # 1U79SM063191-01.

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