Trauma Focused-Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is an evidence-based treatment that is effective in treating children impacted by trauma such as physical abuse, sexual abuse, community violence, natural disasters, or death of a loved one. While it is important that a therapist is familiar with the foundation of TF-CBT, it is equally important that a therapist is knowledgeable of how to implement TF-CBT in culturally diverse communities. Authors Dolores Subic Bigfoot and Susan R. Schmidt explain the importance of addressing the mental health needs of American Indian and Alaska Native by utilizing TF-CBT with an AI/AN framework while preserving sacred tribal-specific cultural practices. In addition, the authors provide an in-depth analysis of how historical events and federal policies has negatively affected the lives of AI/AN people, introduce a treatment plan training tool for therapists, and a HC-MC/TF-CBT case illustration.
A link and citation to the literature can be found below:
BigFoot, D. S. and Schmidt, S. R. (2010), Honoring children, mending the circle: cultural adaptation of trauma-focused cognitive-behavioral therapy for American Indian and Alaska Native children. J. Clin. Psychol., 66: 847–856. doi:10.1002/jclp.20707. Retrieved from http://www.itcmi.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/04/TBCAC-cultural-adaptation-article2010.pdf
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