What is the value of therapist certification for Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT)?

The Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) developers have established training and supervision/consultation protocols based on their experiences conducting randomized controlled trials demonstrating the efficacy of TF-CBT. Certification indicates that the therapist has achieved certain benchmarks for a minimum level of training, experience, and knowledge of the model. However, the therapist certification program does not verify clinicians’ actual competence in delivering TF-CBT.

To maximize real-world effectiveness, organizations and clinicians should fully commit to the developer recommended training protocol and aim for therapist certification in the model.