A meta-analysis of trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy (TF-CBT) continues to support that therapy model as providing the strongest long-term effects. The study showed large improvements across all outcomes from pre-treatment to 12-month follow-up, with more pronounced effects observed in group settings.
One interesting finding in the study is that no significant differences were detected between participant and caregiver ratings, indicating high reliability across almost all outcomes and assessment points. This means that the effectiveness of TF-CBT is consistent regardless of who is reporting the outcomes, whether it be the child undergoing therapy or their caregiver.
TF-CBT has proven to be a reliable treatment for pediatric post-traumatic stress symptoms (PTSS) and secondary symptoms. Its stable results at the 12-month follow-up demonstrate the long-term benefits of this therapy approach.
This research underscores the importance of trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy as a valuable tool in helping children recover from traumatic experiences. It also highlights the benefits of group therapy settings, which can provide additional support and a sense of community for those undergoing treatment.
Both professionals working with children who have experienced trauma and the lawyers who hire them need to be aware of the effectiveness of TF-CBT. This evidence-based therapy approach should be the first option in cases of trauma to children.