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(Virtual) February TF-CBT: Introduction to Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Training

IARCA with support from Lilly Endowment is pleased to present TF-CBT:

Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) is an evidence-based treatment for children and adolescents (ages 3-18) who are experiencing negative impacts following any type of traumatic event.  Through this training, therapists will learn how to implement the model with fidelity, how to assess for and identify trauma related symptoms, and how to know who is appropriate for this treatment.  There will be opportunities for consultation regarding actual cases, to discuss challenges, and to share successes as children and families progress through the healing process.  This training will include the required basic training in TF-CBT (equivalent of 2 days of training broken up into smaller segments due to the virtual training adaptation) and 12 small group consultation calls (1 hour each). 

The information below includes directions for registration, required prerequisites that need to be completed before the training, and what will be required/expected from participants throughout the process.  Please review all steps and ensure that you will be able to complete all requirements before registering. Participants must have a masters degree or above in psychology, social work, counseling, or a related field. Graduate students in these fields may attend if they are at a point in their training where they are allowed to provide therapy to clients and are under the supervision of a licensed mental health professional.

Virtual Training Adaptations:

Due to COVID-19, the TF-CBT Developers are temporarily allowing the initial two-day TF-CBT Training to be conducted virtually.  There are some changes and additional requirements with this format:

We will be dividing the two-day training into four half-day trainings.

  • Participants must attend ALL segments of the training, in full, to receive any credit or be allowed to provide the therapy with clients. There are no exceptions to this.
  • The virtual training will be conducted through Zoom and participants must have their video turned on and be visible for the complete training. 
  • No recording or photographs of the presentation, videos, case examples, or discussion, or any other aspects are allowed.
  • There will be interactive activities and participants must participate.
  • Although not required, you may want to have headphones available if you are in a location where others may overhear or walk in.  We will be discussing case examples and traumatic events that others should not overhear.

Training Dates:

Attendance is required at all segments.  All times are eastern time.

Thursday, February 10, 2022:       10:00-3:00 (with an hour break for lunch)

Friday, February 11, 2022:            10:00-3:00 (with an hour break for lunch)

Wednesday, February 16, 2022:  10:00-3:00 (with an hour break for lunch)

Thursday, February 17, 2022:      10:00-3:00 (with an hour break for lunch)

Prerequisite training:

  • Prior to the TF-CBT training, participants will need to complete and pay for the prerequisite online training at www.musc.edu/tfcbt.  This online training costs $35, CEU’s are available and is separate from the IARCA registration. 
  •  If you completed the online training in the past, that is acceptable. Please email a copy of your certificate of completion to Heather Adebayo at hadebayo@iarca.org at least 72 hours before the first training session.  This will be required to attend the training. 
  • Additionally, participants will be provided Treating Trauma and Traumatic Grief in Children and Adolescents by Cohen, Mannarino, and Deblinger. Please enter your mailing address where indicated to receive your copy. Reading should be complete before the completion of the calls.

Training Plan (all steps are required):

TF-CBT Training:  This four part training will include an overview of TF-CBT, case examples, demonstrations, and group discussions.  There will be opportunities to discuss your questions, ideas, and cases you are considering for this treatment.  Participants must attend the complete training to receive credit.

Consultation calls: Consultation calls: Twelve consultation calls (to be scheduled) will provide an opportunity to discuss TF-CBT in more detail and discuss the implementation of TF-CBT with your cases.  Each participant will be asked to present at least one case during the course of the calls.  This is nothing formal or anything to worry about! The participant will provide a brief summary of the case and then the group will discuss the case further.  Dr. Risk will provide the participants with a guide for the case presentations to help with the brief preparation that will be needed.  (Note:  Each participant will need to attend at least 9 of the calls and present at least one case.  Each participant must have at least one open TF-CBT case during each call, or the call will not count toward the 9 required.)  This TF-CBT Consultation Call process is a requirement of the training.

Fidelity monitoring:  Participants will be asked to update a brief form following each session of TF-CBT and to share this periodically with Dr. Risk.  This will help the trainer know what questions participants may be having and the training and consultation calls can be tailored to meet these needs.

Assessment:  Therapists will be required to administer at least one measure of trauma symptoms with each client at baseline, mid-treatment, and post-treatment.  Information about possible assessment tools and how to administer will be provided at the training. 

Implement TF-CBT:  As soon as the two-day TF-CBT training is complete, you will be ready to begin implementing this treatment with children and adolescents!  This is an exciting treatment and the goal of this training is to provide each therapist with support as they begin this process.

A note about certification:  This training plan will provide participants with the training and consultation required to implement TF-CBT with clients, as specified by the developers of TF-CBT.  Certification in TF-CBT is optional and is not required. However, it is encouraged that therapists who are interested apply to become certified, as this helps to communicate to clients and other providers who has completed training in TF-CBT.  Additional information regarding certification in TF-CBT can be found at www.tfcbt.org and will be discussed further in the training.

Presenter Bio:

Dr. Risk has many years of experience working with victims of traumatic events, primarily children and adolescents who have experienced multiple forms of interpersonal trauma. After completing her undergraduate work and earning a Masters of Science degree in Clinical Psychology at Eastern Kentucky University, Dr. Risk continued her education at Xavier University where she earned a Doctorate of Psychology. Dr. Risk also completed an APPIC accredited internship at the University of California, Davis Medical Center, CAARE Center. Dr. Risk has dedicated her career to understanding the impact of trauma and learning evidence-based and research supported techniques for best supporting individuals and families through the healing process. Formerly the Project Director of a National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN) site (the Child and Adolescent Trauma Treatment and Training institute (CATTTI) at the university of Kentucky, Center on Trauma and Children), she is currently the owner of Heather Risk Psy.D and Associate, PLLC where she provides therapy, training, supervision, and consultation service. Dr. Risk is also an approved national Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) Trainer

Approved for 16.0* Continuing Education Hours; Category 1 Continuing Education Provider- Indiana License- 98000956A

Heather Risk, PsyD, Licensed Psychologist; Heather Risk, PsyD & Associates, PLLC



February 10th, 11th, 16th and 17th 10:00 AM- 3:00 PM (ET)


Zoom details will be sent prior to the training event


Registration & Payment
Monday, February 7th 2022, at 4:00pm


Heather Adebayo


Heather Risk, PsyD, Licensed Psychologist; Heather Risk, PsyD & Associates, PLLC


Members: $150
Non-Members: $250

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