Savio Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT)

An Evidenced Based Program for Children with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) – Colorado Springs Area

Who Is TF-CBT For?

Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) is an Evidenced-Based Treatment for children ages 3 – 18 years experiencing trauma-related difficulties as the result of one or multiple traumatic events and their non-offending parent/caretaker. TF-CBT can be delivered in a variety of settings including home, kinship, adoptive home, residential treatment facility, group home etc.

Examples of traumatic events addressed by TF-CBT:

  • Child Abuse: Sexual, Physical, Neglect, Emotional
  • Victim/Witness of Violence: Domestic, Community, School
  • Accidents: motor vehicle
  • Disasters
  • War/Terrorism and Refugee
  • Medical: e.g. diagnosis, invasive medical procedures
  • Traumatic Grief and Loss

How Does TF CBT Work?

TF-CBT has proven to be effective in addressing posttraumatic stress disorder, depression, anxiety, externalizing behaviors, sexualized behaviors, feelings of shame, and mistrust. The parental component increases the positive effects for children by reducing parents’ own levels of depression and emotional distress about their children’s abuse and improving parenting practices and support of their child. TF-CBT incorporates trauma sensitive interventions with cognitive behavioral, family and humanistic principles and techniques.

Children and their parents or caregivers learn new skills to process thoughts and feelings related to traumatic life events; manage and resolve distressing thoughts, feelings and behaviors related to traumatic life events; and, enhance safety, growth, parenting skills and family communication.

The parental component increases the positive effects for children by reducing parents’ own levels of depression and emotional distress about their children’s abuse and improving parenting practices and support of their child. TF-CBT incorporates trauma sensitive interventions with cognitive behavioral, family and humanistic principles and techniques.

Children and their parents or caregivers learn new skills to process thoughts and feelings related to traumatic life events; manage and resolve distressing thoughts, feelings and behaviors related to traumatic.

Fidelity Management

Savio has a long history of providing Evidence-Based Treatment with high fidelity. Savio entered into an agreement with nationally certified TF-CBT trainers to provide on-going bi-weekly consultation, quarterly boosters and training for new employees. TF-CBT only requires new staff to attend 12 consultations; However Savio is dedicated to insuring the program maintains long-term fidelity and will continue the consultation and booster process indefinitely. This does slightly increase the cost of the program, it will insure that the intervention is delivered with high fidelity.

To Make a TF-CBT Referral, Please Contact:

Denver Office:

Elizabeth Doner, 303-225-4167

Colorado Springs Office:

Elizabeth Doner, 303-225-4167
Shelly Lloyd, LCSW, 719-634-8365 ext. 302
Halcy Driskell, 719-634-8365 ext. 304