Start date: September 21, 2023
End date: September 22, 2023
All-day event
Location: Zoom

September Open Training: Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Training & Implementation

Date and time

  • Thursday, September 21st, 2023: 8:30am-5:00pm Mountain Time
  • Friday, September 22nd, 2023: 9:00am-5:00pm Mountain Time

Online Event

Price$875 USD

To Register:

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.

Virtual Training Description:
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

About the Trainers:

Dr. Monica Fitzgerald Dr. Fitzgerald is a Senior Research Associate and licensed clinical psychologist at the Institute of Behavioral Science at the University of Colorado, Boulder. Dr. Fitzgerald is a certified, expert trainer in AF-CBT and TF-CBT. She regularly conducts trainings and provides consultation for these models nationally and internationally. For more information about Dr. Fitzgerald or the Center For Resilience and Well-Being, please visit:

Dr. Kimberly Shipman Dr. Kimberly Shipman is a Senior Research Associate at the Institute of Behavioral Science at the University of Colorado at Boulder. Dr. Shipman is a licensed psychologist (clinical and developmental) with expertise in emotion socialization, children’s social and emotional development, child mental health and child trauma. For more information about Dr. Shipman or the Center For Resilience and Well-Being, please visit:

About Consultation/Implementation Support:
Consult calls are used to support providers using TF-CBT in their own practice following training. They are also required for the TF-CBT national certification. (

  • Clinicians are expected to carry a minimum of 2 TF-CBT training cases, use assessments, present on calls, and receive feedback and direction through telephone and/or video conferencing.
  • Consult groups consist of approximately 10-12 participants, are 60 minutes in duration, and occur twice per month for 6 months.

Pre-Training Activities:
Prior to the training, we ask you to complete the following:

  1. Complete our pre-training survey on Qualtrics. This will take about 25 minutes. You can complete the survey here:
  2. Complete the full TF-CBTWeb 2.0 on-line course. The cost of this course is $35 and it offers 11 CEUs upon completion. TF-CBTWeb 2.0 may be accessed via the following


  • At the end of the two-day training you will be provided with a completion certificate denoting 16 hours of live virtual TF-CBT training.
  • This training certificate can be used as documentation of training completion when applying for licensing renewal.
  • Completion of the full TF-CBTWeb 2.0 on-line course offers 11 CEUs upon completion.

Training Schedule:

  • Thursday, September 21st, 2023: 8:30am-5:00pm Mountain Time
  • Friday, September 22nd, 2023: 9:00am-5:00pm Mountain Time

Please adjust for your time zone accordingly.

Special Rates:

  • Students- a total of 12 students may attend the virtual TF-CBT training for $250.00 with proof of current student ID or transcript. To request this rate please contact Natalie Blunt by email 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, please email Natalie Blunt by email at [email protected]

Group Rates:

  • If you are an organization or agency looking to send 10 or more clinicians to our training, you will receive a 20% discount on the training cost for any full price ticket. To request this rate, please email Natalie Blunt by email at [email protected]

Additional Resources:
To learn more about your Certified Trainers and The Center for Resilience and Well-Being in Schools, please visit our website: