Impact of Statewide TF-CBT Services on Vulnerable Youth

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. interpret trauma treatment outcomes for a vulnerable youth population that may struggle to fully engage or complete community-based mental health services.
  2. recognize the importance of using an intersectional lens while analyzing trauma-related outcomes.
  3. understand treatment and early termination nuances for children with complex trauma needs, such as minority children in foster care.


This poster presentation describes nuances of trauma-focused cognitive–behavioral therapy (TF-CBT) for foster care youth. Through an analysis of a statewide TF-CBT initiative, effectiveness and early termination characteristics of services are highlighted in order to depict how foster/minority youth respond to treatment. It is questioned whether children who terminate treatment early can still show decreases in trauma-related symptoms. Implications regarding vulnerable subpopulations and their unique trauma treatment needs are provided.



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


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


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