Evidence-based treatment (EBT) mini-trainings

Updated June 24, 2021

Evidence-based treatments (EBTs) are critical to delivering science-backed healing for children served through CACs. Yet even the most widely adopted treatment is far from one-size-fits-all. Learning about the range of treatments backed by evidence for use with the CAC treatment population, the strengths and indications for each treatment model, and ultimately broadening the menu of available treatments remains on the to-do list for many CAC-based clinicians and non-mental health staff responsible for coordinating services. Thanks to these subject matter experts in NCA's network who helped develop four widely used models, we are able to provide this short series of mini-trainings to break down the basics of each model and what the evidence says about it in ways that respect the busy schedules of child-serving CAC professionals. 

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Child and Family Traumatic Stress Intervention (CFTSI)

Learn about this early intervention model, capable of saving time in treatment and number of sessions for children treated in the early stages after a traumatic event, from Carrie Epstein of Yale Child Study Center, the lead developer of CFTSI. (18 minutes)


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Alternatives for Families: a Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (AF-CBT)

This model involves both children victimized by physical abuse and their caregivers, first separately, then together, strengthening communication and parenting skills to achieve success. Learn from David Kolko, a developer of AF-CBT. (21 minutes)


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Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT)

Learn about this gold-standard treatment, indicated for children of a broad range of ages and maltreatment types, from Anthony Mannarino, one of the developers of TF-CBT. (16 minutes)


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Problematic Sexual Behaviors - Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (PSB-CBT)

Hear from Jane Silovsky, developer of PSB-CBT, on the application of this model designed to treat children who have acted out sexually against other children, preventing up to 98% of all recidivism and protecting their victims from revictimization. (18 minutes)