AF-CBT represents an approach to working with physically abused children and their offending caregivers that incorporates therapeutic principles/procedures from several areas, included learning/behavioral theory, family-systems, cognitive therapy, and developmental victimology.

Focus: Physical abuse or exposure to harsh/excessive punishment/discipline. Emotional abuse/verbal aggression, physical aggression or family conflict/coercion.

Intended Ages: Children ages 5-17, along with a caregiver (offending or non-offending)

Length Of Treatment: 12-24 sessions over 3-6 months

Therapist Training:

  • Complete pre-training online assessment
  • Participate in all scheduled trainings
  • Participate in 75% of consultation calls, presenting on 2 cases during consultation and also submit audio files for 2 cases
  • Complete post-training online assessment (80% or higher)
  • Complete 2 AF-CBT cases and submit case completion verification forms
  • Developer time frame for trainings and consultation calls is 1 year. Test and case completion are after 1 year.
  • 5 year renewal period

Short-term, crisis-oriented intervention for trauma, including single event or chronic, multiple, and complex trauma exposure. CFTSI aims to reduce traumatic stress symptoms and prevent chronic PTSD, improve screening and initial assessment of children impacted by traumatic stress, and assess longer-term treatment needs.

Focus: For children immediately after exposure to a traumatic event or disclosure of physical or sexual abuse.

Intended Ages: Ages 7-18, along with a parent/caregiver

Length Of Treatment: 4-6 sessions

Therapist Training:

  • Possibly provisional, LMHP, LIMHP, LCSW, Psych, etc.
  • Attend the 2-day basic CF-TSI training conducted by a master trainer
  • Attend and actively participate in a minimum of 9 out of 12 follow-up consultation calls
  • Complete a minimum of 3 CF-TSI cases during the time frame of the follow-up consultation calls (approximately 6-7 months)

An intervention for children and their parents who have experienced at least one form of trauma, and presenting with attachment problems or difficult behaviors as a result. The goal of this model is to strengthen the parent-child relationship, so that the child’s sense of safety and attachment can be repaired.

Focus: Impact of trauma on parent-child relationship; domestic violence, maltreatment.

Intended Ages: Ages 0-6, along with parent/caregiver

Length Of Treatment: Average of 50 sessions

Therapist Training:

  • LMHP, LIMHP, LCSW, Psych, etc. (no provisional)
  • Complete a 2 day workshop of standard CPP training
  • Case completion on a minimum of 2 cases (1 year) and remain in at least twice a month contact for 1.5 years
  • Complete 2 one-day CPP CEU workshops/booster sessions within 2 years

The Nebraska Resource Project for Vulnerable Young Children (NRPVYC) is a major partner in expanding Child Parent Psychotherapy (CPP) in Nebraska. NRPVYC’s website provides helpful resources as well as information for anyone interested in the process to become a CPP Provider.

Summary: CBITS is a skills-based, child group intervention that is aimed at relieving symptoms of PTSD, depression, and general anxiety among children exposed to multiple forms of trauma.

Focus: School-aged children who have been exposed to violence or other forms of trauma

Intended Ages: Ages 9-18

Length Of Treatment: 10 weeks (10 groups sessions, 1-3 individual sessions, 2 parent psychoeducational sessions, 1 teacher educational session)

Therapist Training:

  • Provisional, LMHP, LIMHP, LCSW, Psych, etc.
  • Training is recommended, not requierd, and therefore not regulated. 2 types of training offered.
  • Free online training which gives access to the videotaped training course, along with advice from the intervention developers and experienced CBITS pro