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Masters Thesis


School for Social Work


Post-traumatic stress disorder in children-Treatment, Cognitive therapy for children, Complex trauma, Trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy, TF-CBT


This study was undertaken to determine therapists' perspectives on the effectiveness of the TF-CBT model to treat complex trauma in children. This qualitative study aims to enhance and expand knowledge in the field about complex trauma and the usefulness of the TF-CBT clinical approach. Therapists with a master's level degree or higher in social work, psychology or a related field and who practice the TF-CBT model with children were recruited for this study. Twelve therapists were interviewed regarding their training in the TF-CBT model; use of the model with children, including those who have experienced complex trauma; perspectives on valuable aspects of TF-CBT, perspectives on challenging aspects of TFCBT; comparison of TF-CBT to other treatment models and outcomes from the use of the TF-CBT model. The findings of the research showed the respondents to be in accordance in their responses with one another as a group. Participants commonly found the TF-CBT model to be a highly effective and beneficial treatment approach for traumatized children. Suggestions for further research were made on complex trauma and ways to enhance the efficacy of the TF-CBT model.




iv, 85 p. Thesis (M.S.W.)-Smith College School for Social Work, Northampton, Mass., 2010. Includes bibliographical references (p. 79-81)