Dealing with Trauma: A TF-CBT Workbook for Teens

This workbook has been developed for use with teenagers who experienced one or more traumatic events. The activities in the workbook correspond to the treatment components of the Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) model, which was developed by Judith Cohen, Anthony Mannarino, and Esther Deblinger (Cohen, Mannarino, & Deblinger, 2006).

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The workbook was created as a supplemental resource to assist therapists as they work through each component of the TF-CBT model with their clients:

Orientation to Therapy and TF-CBT, Engagement
Psycho-education on Trauma and Reactions to Trauma
Relaxation, Progressive Muscle Relaxation, Deep Breathing
Positive Imagery
Feelings Identification
Feelings Ratings and Affect Modulation
Thought Stopping
Cognitive Processing
Creating the Trauma Narrative
Processing the Traumatic Experience(s)
In Vivo Mastery of Trauma Reminders
Conjoint Session – Sharing the Trauma Narrative
Conjoint Session – Enhancing Future Safety and Development
Goals, Review, Graduation

Table of contents

Welcome to therapy
About you
About your family
Learning about traumatic events
How do teens feel after trauma?
What is relaxation?
Homework: let’s relax
Deep breathing
Your safe place
About feelings
Experiencing feelings in your body
Facial expressions
How strong or intense are your feelings?
Coping with upsetting feelings
Feelings survival kit
Stop that thought!
Thoughts, feelings, and … action
Thoughts matter
Thought problems
Notice your thoughts
Telling your story
Your story
Your thoughts and feelings about the trauma(s)
Battling trauma reminders
Sharing your story
Being safe
Your circle of safety
Your fabulous future
Let’s review
Saying good-bye

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