Workshop-based training in trauma-focused CBT: An in-depth analysis of impact on provider practices

Amanda Jensen-Doss, Karen J. Cusack, Michael A. De Arellano

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Despite evidence that more intensive methods are more effective, many clinical settings continue to train practitioners using workshops. To more fully understand the strengths and limitations of workshops, the present investigation studied changes in practitioner behavior following a workshop in trauma-focused cognitive-behavioral therapy (TF-CBT). A chart review indicated no changes in TF-CBT use following the training, although therapists indicated that CBT was the most effective treatment for traumatized youths and was their primary approach to treating trauma. Analysis of client factors indicated weak relationships between technique use and treatment need. Implications of these findings for future training efforts are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)227-244
Number of pages18
JournalCommunity Mental Health Journal
Issue number4
StatePublished - Aug 2008
Externally publishedYes


  • Therapist training
  • Trauma-focused cognitive behavioral treatment
  • Workshops

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Psychiatry and Mental health
  • Health(social science)


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