Exploring Trajectories of Change in Youth Receiving TF-CBT

This session is from the NASP 2021 Annual Convention

  • PMD: 4,9
  • Skill Level: Intermediate
  • Session 7: Psychological Services for Specific Groups of Students

Learner Objectives

This session will help participants…

  1. become familiar with the prevalence of traumatic events and the adverse impact on youth.
  2. learn the results of a research study examining predictors of significant improvement in PTSD symptoms among youth who completed TF-CBT.
  3. understand trauma-focused cognitive–behavioral therapy and its research base.


Trauma-Focused Cognitive–Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) is an evidence-based treatment that can reduce trauma symptoms. The current study investigated trajectories of change and predictors of posttraumatic stress symptom (PTSS) outcomes in 759 youth served in the public mental health system across the state. Youth in home-based treatment settings and those from Latinx/Hispanic backgrounds had slower declines in PTSS. On average, all subgroups (gender, age group, race, treatment setting) of youth showed significant declines in PTSS following TF-CBT.



John S. Carlson, Michigan State University
Sarina Roschmann, Michigan State University
HaeDong Kim, Michigan State University


Amy E. Cowper, Holly A. Cranmer-Fosdick, Lindsay K. Greenberg, Mary A. Ludtke

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