Many youth experience trauma-inducing situations, including one-time events (e.g., an accident or natural disaster) and protracted circumstances (e.g., sexual abuse, extreme bullying). Trauma occurs when an individual lacks the internal resources to cope with or respond to such experiences. In this workshop, participants will learn how to use CBT to help students recover from trauma. Both manualized (e.g., Trauma-Focused CBT) and structured, nonmanualized approaches will be included. Common elements of empirically supported treatments will be highlighted.
This session will help participants
1. learn how unresolved trauma disrupts normal developmental processes and how CBT can help youth to recover from traumatic events or situations in their lives,
2. develop an understanding of the manualized, CBT-based interventions that are empirically supported to improve mental health among youth who have experienced trauma, and
3. learn how and when to use structured, nonmanualized CBT to allow for greater flexibility in helping individual students address unresolved trauma in their lives.