Start date: September 15, 2022
End date: September 16, 2022
All-day event
Location: Zoom

Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) Training and Implementation

September 15th & 16th 2022 
Thursday: 8:30am-5:00pm MST
Friday: 9:00am-5:00pm MST

The training will take place via Zoom.

The cost of the training is $875 for the two-day live virtual training and 12 case consultation calls.

Special Rates:

Students: may attend the TF-CBT training and consultation for $250.00 with proof of current student ID or transcript.  To request this rate please contact Niama Al-Nima at [email protected].

Early Career: (you’ve graduated with your Master’s in the past 3 years) – early career professionals may attend the TF-CBT training and consultation for $700.00 with proof of graduation (e.g. diploma).  To request this rate please contact Niama Al-Nima at [email protected]

Group Agency Discount:  If your organization or agency sends 10 or more clinicians to our training a 20% discount will be offered to the overall training cost.  To request this discount please contact Niama Al-Nima at [email protected].

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Please contact [email protected] if you have any questions about training, consultation, preparatory work, or web-based registration.

What is TF-CBT?

TF-CBT is a short-term, evidence-based treatment for children, ages 3-18, who have experienced trauma (e.g., child abuse, domestic violence, traumatic grief, and other traumatic events) and their caregivers. This components-based psychotherapy model incorporates trauma-sensitive interventions with cognitive behavioral, family, and humanistic principles. TF-CBT is empirically supported for use with youth impacted by trauma and co-occurring mental health problems. It is designated a Model Program by SAMHSA’s National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN) and has received the highest scientific rating as a Well-Supported-Effective Practice by the California Evidence-Based Clearinghouse for Child Welfare ( Clinical research shows that TF-CBT significantly reduces children’s symptoms of PTSD and improves overall mental health in children and caregivers.


This two-day virtual training will provide mental health and related professionals with a comprehensive understanding of TF-CBT as well as hands-on opportunities to practice the TF-CBT components. In addition, significant training time is devoted to formal and informal trauma assessment techniques, including information about how to screen for trauma exposure and measure trauma symptoms, using standardized screening instruments. Participants will be provided with free assessment tools and learn how to provide feedback on the standardized assessment measures. The assessment training also includes background on the prevalence of trauma exposure and trauma-related symptoms in children and adolescents.

TF-CBT Components:

  • Assessment Feedback
  • Psychoeducation and Parenting Strategies
  • Relaxation
  • Affective expression and regulation
  • Cognitive coping
  • Trauma narrative and processing
  • In vivo exposure
  • Conjoint parent-child sessions
  • Enhancing personal safety and future growth

Learning Objectives:

  • Identify and engage children and families who would benefit from TF-CBT
  • Describe the treatment components and understand the underlying rationale of each component
  • Learn how to link trauma assessment results to TF-CBT treatment plans and track treatment progress over time
  • Learn and practice skills to implement PRACTICE treatment components
  • Learn several creative approaches for doing the Trauma Narrative and practice exposure techniques
  • Learn strategies for addressing distorted and unhelpful trauma-related cognitions
  • Address common barriers to treatment implementation

Trainer Biographies

TF-CBT Trainers:
Kimberly Shipman, Ph.D.
Dr. Shipman is on faculty at the Institute of Behavioral Science at the University of Colorado, Boulder. She is a developmental and child clinical psychologist with expertise in child development, child trauma, parent-child communication, and evidence-based mental health treatment. She is an expert in TF-CBT and completed the “train-the-trainer” program with its developers. She regularly conducts TF-CBT trainings as well as training in other evidence-based practices.

Monica Fitzgerald, Ph.D.
Dr. Fitzgerald is a licensed clinical psychologist and senior research associate at the Institute of Behavioral Science at the University of Colorado, Boulder. She directs the Evidence Based Training Initiative which disseminates evidence-based, trauma-focused interventions for youth and their families, including Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT; and Alternatives for Families Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (AF-CBT, She is an expert certified trainer in TF-CBT and AF-CBT and trains and supports implementation of these models in a variety of community-based service settings, locally and internationally. She also directs the Center for Resilience & Well-Being in Schools, a SAMHSA funded Center of National Child Traumatic Stress Network ( She is Principal Investigator on several federal, state, and local grants and partnerships developing and evaluating prevention and intervention programs (e.g., RISE: Resilience in Schools and Educators and Let’s Connect™) that build strong adult-youth relationships and safe, supportive environments in schools and families. Dr. Fitzgerald is also Co-PI and collaborator with Mental Health Partners’ Moving Beyond Trauma team on a SAMHSA-funded NCTSN initiative to build community capacity in trauma-informed interventions for youth and families in our local Colorado communities.
She obtained her masters and doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the University of Georgia and completed a post-doctoral fellowship in childhood traumatic stress from the Medical University of South Carolina. Dr. Fitzgerald loves being a parent of three and enjoys rock climbing, mountain biking, skiing, and yoga at home in Colorado.