March 2023 Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) Basic

Includes Multiple Live Events. The next is on 03/29/2023 at 11:30 AM (EDT)

  • Registration Closed. Maximum Number of Registrants reached.

This Training is full. Please email to get on the waiting list. 

This live training will take place on March 29-31, 2023, from 11:30am-5:30pm ET. The training will be with Carrie Epstein, LCSW-R. This training will provide 13.5 CE Credits. 

There is a cap of 50 attendees for this training. You must be paid in full to count towards the participation cap. It is strongly recommended you pay with credit card to ensure your spot is secure. If you plan to by check, you must email to let us know you are sending a check. The check must be received by January 31, 2023. 

If registration is full, this means that our capacity has been met. Please email and we will add you to the waiting list. 

Anyone participating in this training will be invited to participate for free a bonus training in Telehealth Delivery of TF-CBT on April 26-27 from 1-4pm ET with 5 optional consultation calls. 

The cost for the training is $450 and includes 12-14 consultation calls plus bonus Telehealth TF-CBT Training. You can not use NCA grant funds for this training. Your spot will not be reserved until payment is received. If you are paying by check, please mail ASAP to ensure your spot. 

To pay by check, select "check" under payment method during check out. After checking out, please save your invoice or email confirmation. 

Mail your check and invoice, payable to National Children's Alliance, to:

National Children's Alliance P.O. Box 71477 Washington, DC 20024 

Your name and TF-CBT Intro must be on the check memo or on a note with your check, otherwise it will not be approved. Do not mail checks to the former NCA office address, please use the PO Box listed above. 

Refunds for this training will not be provided. Please email with any questions. 

Pre-Requisite: TF-CBTWeb

Trauma and abuse are widespread and often extremely deleterious in its psychological impact. The purpose of this presentation is to provide information on empirically validated interventions designed to help children and adolescents who have suffered traumatic experiences, including child sexual abuse, physical abuse, and domestic violence. The presenter will briefly present the findings of a series of randomized trials documenting the efficacy of the treatment approach to be presented, as well as applications with different cultural groups. The development of therapeutic collaborative relationships with both the child and the nonoffending parent(s) will be emphasized, along with the establishment of structure and goals for treatment. The cognitive behavioral interventions for children, adolescents and nonoffending parents to be presented include coping skills training, gradual exposure and processing exercises, educational work, personal safety skills training and exercises to enhance parent child communication.


1. Identify three conditions that TFCBT addresses with significant success.
2. Describe at least 2 studies that have applied TFCBT in a culturally sensitive manner.
3. Name 3 standardized measures used to assess treatment outcome with TFCBT.
4. Describe 3 examples of gradual exposure.
5. Identify 3 methods of cognitive processing used in TFCBT.
6. Describe 2 contraindications for sharing the trauma narrative with caregivers.

Who should attend: Psychologists, social workers and other mental health professionals treating children who have suffered abuse and maltreatment.

Upon completion of the virtual training, participants will have met a portion of the requirements for formal certification in TF-CBT (obtained through the Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy National Therapist Certification Program). The Virtual Training will count towards the formal certification in TF-CBT. However, a few guidelines must be met as established by the developers. Training participants are required to have a web camera (i.e., on a laptop computer or cell phone) in order to participate in the TF-CBT 3-day training via web-platform. 

Completion of TF-CBT Web2.0 is required as a prerequisite to the virtual TF-CBT training and should be submitted to the trainer 3 days prior to Day 1 of the virtual training.  


The training will be offered over a 3-day period: 

Wednesday, March 29, 11:30 am-5:30 pm EST  

Thursday, March 30, 11:30 am-5:30 pm EST  

Friday, March 31, 11:30 am-5:30 pm EST 

To register for this training, you will need an NCA Engage account. If you do not have one, visit NCA Engage Getting Started page for step-by-step instructions to request an NCA Engage account. The account request form will include a field that asks for an Organizational ID number. The Organizational ID number will inform us that the person signing into NCA Engage is employed at or partnered with a member organization. Please email if you need your Organizational ID. If you are not employed at or partnered with a member organization, please enter MH22 as your Organizational ID for non-member access to NCA Engage. Non-member access will provide access to the training. 

 ** As a reminder, if you are paying by check, your training registration is incomplete, and your spot will not be reserved, until your check is received and is manually approved by our staff. Your name and TF-CBT Intro must be on the check memo or on a note with your check, otherwise it will not be approved. Do not mail checks to the former NCA office address, please use the PO Box listed above. 

If you need any disability accommodations for this training, please reach out to Rachael at


Day 1 Link to Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT)
03/29/2023 at 11:30 AM (EDT)  |  390 minutes
03/29/2023 at 11:30 AM (EDT)  |  390 minutes
Day 2 Link to Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT)
03/30/2023 at 11:30 AM (EDT)  |  390 minutes
03/30/2023 at 11:30 AM (EDT)  |  390 minutes
Day 3 Link to Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT)
03/31/2023 at 11:30 AM (EDT)  |  390 minutes
03/31/2023 at 11:30 AM (EDT)  |  390 minutes
Training Evaluation: March 2023 Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT)
6 Questions
Certificate of Attendance
13.50 Contact Hours credits  |  Certificate available
13.50 Contact Hours credits  |  Certificate available

Carrie Epstein, LCSW-R

Co-Director and Assistant Professor


Carrie Epstein, LCSW-R is Co-Director of the Yale Center for Traumatic Stress and Recovery and Assistant Professor at the Yale Child Study Center at the Yale University School of Medicine. For over 30 years, Ms. Epstein has been providing treatment, supervision, and consultation on providing mental health treatment and on developing new programs for children and families impacted by trauma and traumatic grief. She is recognized both nationally and internationally as an expert in the field of child trauma, child traumatic grief and disaster response. Ms. Epstein is co-developer of the Child and Family Traumatic Stress Intervention (CFTSI), which is currently the only evidence-based early, brief trauma-focused intervention for children and families that is designed specifically to be implemented in the acute phase of trauma response that reduces and interrupts the development of PTSD and related disorders. She has responded to multiple school shootings and other mass casualty disasters across the country. She served as a key coordinator of New York City’s mental health response to the attacks on 9/11 and was a principal investigator of a collaborative, multi-site study that was the largest youth trauma project associated with the September 11th terrorist attack in New York City which was established to deliver evidence-based trauma treatments for impacted children and adolescents. Ms. Epstein played a lead role in coordinating Yale’s response to the Sandy Hook Elementary School tragedy in Newtown, Connecticut, providing ongoing training and consultation to mental health professionals in the greater Newtown area. In addition, Ms. Epstein provided training and ongoing consultation to mental health providers after the school shooting in Uvalde, Texas. Ms. Epstein and her colleagues also developed nationally disseminated materials that aimed to increase public awareness about both the behavioral health impact of the COVID-19 pandemic as well as ways of coping with the pandemic. Ms. Epstein is also a National Trainer of Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT).

Ms. Epstein has been instrumental in developing and overseeing national training initiatives and national learning collaboratives focused on the dissemination of child trauma-focused evidence-based treatment models, and provides training and clinical supervision, locally, nationally, and internationally on child trauma-focused evidence-based practices. She has co-authored numerous publications in support of her trauma-focused activities. Ms. Epstein was the one of the original and organizing Principal Investigators of the National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN) and has continued to Co-Chair the NCTSN’s Child Traumatic Grief-Traumatic Separation Committee since its inception in 2001. She has served on the Steering Committee of the NCTSN, as well as act as a regular contributor to the NCTSN’s Terrorism and Disaster Response Committee.

Prior to her position at the Yale Child Study Center, Ms. Epstein was Senior Director of Child Trauma Programs at Safe Horizon in New York City, the largest victim assistance, victim advocacy organization in the country, where she oversaw clinical services for children and families impacted by trauma in the organization’s outpatient programs, domestic violence shelters, and Child Advocacy Centers. During her tenure at Safe Horizon, Ms. Epstein has served on the Scientific Advisory Board to the Evidence-based Treatment Dissemination Center of the New York State Office of Mental Health, as well as the HHS Region II Strategy Group on Mental Health and Trauma.