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Trauma Focused Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy Model

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Mental health professionals face multiple stressors while counseling clients in crisis (McCann, Beddoe, McCormick, Huggard, Kedge, Adamson, & Huggard, 2013). Choosing a model of crisis counseling congruent with a counselor’s therapeutic style promotes resiliency and a foundation for a strong therapeutic relationship when delivering trauma focused treatment to clients. Additionally, counseling professionals experience compassion fatigue, burnout, and vicarious trauma when failing to address difficult thoughts and emotions in relation to a client’s trauma (Warren, Morgan, Blue Morris, & Mood Morris, 2010). Furthermore, mental health professionals developing and implementing a realistic self-care plan, aids in preventing compassion fatigue and vicarious trauma to promote overall counselor wellness (Warren et al., 2010).
A description of Trauma Focused Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) aligns multiple components from other crisis trauma models to provide a rationale for an individualized type of therapy in crisis counseling. Additionally, exploring personal hopes and fears
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This therapy model incorporates five core components imperative in providing quality therapy through a strong therapeutic relationship while emphasizing client strengths (Cohen Mannarino, & Deblinger, 2006, p. 32). Additionally, practitioners using TF-CBT, implement various developmental and culturally appropriate therapeutic interventions based on client need to establish individual growth (Cohen et al., 2006, p. 33). Furthermore, TF-CBT is a short-term trauma model accomplished in six to 12 sessions. However, based on client and family needs, treatment can continue (Cohen, et al., 2005). Additionally, ten key components allow TF-CBT counselors to provide this therapeutic model (Cohen, et al.,
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