What is Project BEST (Bringing Evidence-Supported Treatments to South
Carolina Children and Families)?
The long-term goal of Project BEST is to ensure that all South Carolina children and
their families, who are identified as having experienced abuse and resulting trauma,
receive appropriate, evidence supported mental health assessment and psychosocial
What is Trauma-Focused Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT)?
Trauma-Focused Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy is the most well-supported and effective
treatment for children who have been abused and traumatized. Multiple clinical research
studies consistently have found it to help children with Posttraumatic Stress Disorder
(PTSD) and other trauma-related problems, and has been rated a Model Program and
Best Practice for use with abused and traumatized children. Trauma-Focused Cognitive-
Behavioral Therapy currently is being used successfully in community service agencies
across the country.
Children and parents learn new skills to help 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
Who is Trauma-Focused Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy for?
Trauma-Focused Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy has proved successful with children and
adolescents (ages 4 to 18) who have significant emotional problems (e.g., symptoms of
posttraumatic stress disorder, fear, anxiety, or depression) related to traumatic life
This treatment can be used with children and adolescents who have experienced a
single trauma or multiple traumas in their life.
Children and adolescents experiencing traumatic grief can also benefit from this
Trauma-Focused Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy can be used with children and
adolescents residing in many types of settings, including parental homes, foster care,
kinship care, group homes, or residential programs.
How long does Trauma-Focused Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy typically last?
Trauma-Focused Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy is designed to be a relatively short-term
treatment, typically lasting 12 to 16 sessions. Over 80 percent of traumatized children
show significant improvement after 12 to 16 weeks of treatment. Treatment may be
provided for longer periods depending upon individual child and family needs. Trauma-
Focused Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy can be used as part of a larger treatment plan
for children with complex difficulties.
Is Trauma-Focused Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy flexible and can it be adapted
for diverse and special populations?
Trauma-Focused Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy is best delivered by creative,
resourceful therapists who have developed close therapeutic alliances with their clients.
This treatment is designed to be provided in a flexible and developmentally appropriate
manner to address the unique needs of each child and family.
It has been evaluated with Caucasian and African American children, and it has been
adapted for Latino and hearing-impaired /deaf populations. It is currently being adapted
for Native American children and for children in many other countries (e.g., Zambia,
Uganda, South Africa, Pakistan, the Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, Germany, and
Does Trauma-Focused Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy work?
Multiple treatment outcome research studies and much clinical evidence indicate that
Trauma-Focused Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy helps children, adolescents, and their
parents overcome many of the difficulties associated with abuse and trauma.
Trauma-Focused Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy has proven to be effective in
addressing posttraumatic stress disorder, depression, anxiety, externalizing behaviors,
sexualized behaviors, and 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 own child.
Who can deliver Trauma-Focused Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy?
This treatment can be used by a variety of mental health professionals including clinical
social workers, professional counselors, psychologists, psychiatrists, or clinical
Where can I get Trauma-Focused Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy?
All of the counselors at Sexual Trauma & Counseling Center / The Child’s Place are
trained in how to provide this type of therapy. There are also several different providers
in agencies throughout Greenwood and the surrounding counties.
Who can you contact if you would like to get more information about Trauma-
Focused Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy?
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