Can Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) be delivered as group therapy?

Yes. Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) has shown efficacy when delivered in group settings. Some important considerations when delivering TF-CBT in a group format are:

  • While skill-building components may be delivered in a group setting, there will still need to be individual sessions with each client to work on the trauma narration and processing component of treatment.
  • The 2-day training required for TF-CBT therapists primarily focuses on individual delivery of TF-CBT and typically not a great deal of time is devoted to delivering TF-CBT in groups. Group therapy involves a unique skill set and therapists may require additional training in order to effectively provide TF-CBT in a group.
  • As noted in the response to this question, therapists must include caregivers in cases they see for certification.