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Friday, February 26, 2021 at 3:00 PM EST

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Melissa Adamchik, Executive Director 
Tristate Trauma Network 

Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Training & Consultation 

During our Needs Assessment, several people asked for TF-CBT training. This is one of the evidence-based treatment approaches for treating trauma in children. We are bringing in Heather Risk, Psy.D., a certified TF-CBT trainer. Training package includes consultation required for TF-CBT Certification. Please note the pre-requisites.

Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) is an evidence-based treatment for children and adolescents (ages 3-18) who are experiencing negative impacts following any type of traumatic event. Through this training, therapists will learn how to implement the model with fidelity, how to assess for and identify trauma related symptoms, and how to know who is appropriate for this treatment. There will be opportunities for consultation regarding actual cases, to discuss challenges, and to share successes as children and families progress through the healing process. This training will include 4 partial days of training in TF-CBT and 12 consultation calls (1 hour each). 


Training will take place on 4 dates: 2/18, 2/19, 2/25 & 2/26 from 10:00-3:00 each day, with check-in from 9:45-10. Lunch willl be from 12-1 each day. Consultation call times and dates TBD with trainer.   

Trainer:  Heather Risk, PsyD
Licensed Psychologist and Owner
Heather Risk, PsyD & Associates, PLLC
Dr. Risk has many years of experience working with victims of traumatic events, primarily children and adolescents who have experienced multiple forms of interpersonal trauma.   After competing her undergraduate work and earning a Masters of Science degree in Clinical Psychology at Eastern Kentucky University, Dr. Risk continued her education at Xavier University where she earned a Doctorate of Psychology.  Dr. Risk also completed an APPIC accredited internship at the University of California, Davis Medical Center, CAARE Center. Dr. Risk has dedicated her career to understanding the impact of trauma and learning evidence-based and research supported techniques for best supporting individuals and families through the healing process.  Formerly the Project Director of a National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN) site (the Child and Adolescent Trauma Treatment and Training Institute (CATTTI) at the University of Kentucky, Center on Trauma and Children), she is currently the owner of Heather Risk, PsyD and Associates, PLLC where she provides therapy, training, supervision, and consultation services.  Dr. Risk is also an approved national Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) Trainer.

Required prerequisites:**Please review all steps and ensure that you will be able to complete all requirements before registering.

  • Participants must have a masters degree or above in psychology, social work, counseling, or a related field. Graduate students in these fields may attend if they are at a point in their training where they are allowed to provide therapy to clients and are under the supervision of a licensed mental health professional.

o Prior to the TF-CBT training, participants will need to complete the prerequisite online training at www.musc.edu/tfcbt. This online training is $35 and CEU’s are available. If you completed the online training in the past, that is acceptable. Please print and bring a copy of your certificate of completion to the first training. This will be required to attend the training.

o Additionally, participants should begin reading "Treating Trauma and Traumatic Grief in Children and Adolescents" by Cohen, Mannarino, and Deblinger. This does not need to be complete before the training days, but should be complete before the completion of the consultation calls. The 2nd edition is preferred, but the 1st edition is acceptable. Can be purchased on amazon. 


Training Plan for TF-CBT Mastery: 

TF-CBT Training: This four-day/16 hour training will include an overview of TF-CBT, case examples, demonstrations, and group discussions. There will be opportunities to discuss your questions, ideas, and cases you are considering for this treatment. Participants must attend the complete training to receive credit.

Consultation calls: Twelve consultation calls (to be scheduled) will provide an opportunity to discuss TF-CBT in more detail and discuss the implementation of TF-CBT with your cases. Each participant will be asked to present at least one case during the course of the calls. This is nothing formal or anything to worry about! The participant will provide a brief summary of the case and then the group will discuss the case further. Dr. Risk will provide the participants with a guide for the case presentations to help with the brief preparation that will be needed.
(Note: To provide TF-CBT, a therapist needs to complete at least 9 of the calls (or be active in a current call group) and present at least one case. They must have at least one open TF-CBT case during each call, or the call will not count toward the 9 required.)

Fidelity monitoring: Participants will be asked to update a brief form following each session of TF-CBT and to share this periodically with Dr. Risk. This will help the trainer know what questions participants may be having and the training and consultation calls can be tailored to meet these needs.

Assessment: Therapists will be required to administer at least one measure of trauma symptoms with each client at baseline, mid-treatment, and post-treatment. Information about possible assessment tools and how to administer will be provided at the training.

Implement TF-CBT: As soon as the two-day TF-CBT training is complete, you will be ready to begin implementing this treatment with children and adolescents! This is an exciting treatment and the goal of this training is to provide each therapist with support as they begin this process.

A note about certification: This training plan will provide participants with the training and consultation required to implement TF-CBT with clients, as specified by the developers of TF-CBT. Certification in TF-CBT is optional and is not required. However, it is encouraged that therapists who are interested apply to become certified, as this helps to communicate to clients and other providers who has completed training in TF-CBT. Additional information regarding certification in TF-CBT can be found at www.tfcbt.org and will be discussed further detail in the training. 


Cost:  Cost for the full training package including the 12 consultation calls is $420 for non-members; $390 for TTN members with Promo Code. ($30 discount)  

*If using a PO, please send to madamchik@tristatetraumanetwork.org.  

CEUs:  16 CEUs have been pre-approved for KY Social Workers and Counselors by Heather Risk & Associates; In addition, TTN will provide IN Category 1 CEUs and OH Counselor, Social Worker & MFT CEUs (pending). 

Deadline to register: Feb. 10th. No refunds after this date, only substitutions. Only 36 spots available. Payment must be made to secure your spot. 

In addition to TTN's registration and payment process, you will need to download this information provided by the trainer and complete her form, using her provided link (at the end of the document).  Trainer's Supplemental Info and Form 
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