Mode of delivery:


Training level:

Mental health practitioners, Organisations


30 hours


AUD $825.00

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Course summary

A comprehensive self-paced course teaching you all the components required to treat children, adolescents and adults with PTSD.

Coming soon in May 2021! Please complete an expression of interest form and we will contact you when we launch.

Complete EOI form here

Why do this course?

Trauma-focussed cognitive behavioural therapy (tf-CBT) is an evidence-based approach to the treatment of children, adolescents and adults experiencing clinically relevant posttraumatic stress symptoms. It can help individuals come to terms with trauma through exposure to, and emotional processing of, memories of the event. Central to the approach is the use of imaginal and in-vivo exposure therapy and trauma-focussed cognitive therapy.

Trauma-focussed cognitive behavioural therapy comprises a number of treatment components, including involvement of significant others such as parents and caregivers, engagement and stabilisation, psychoeducation, imaginal and in-vivo exposure therapy, trauma-focussed cognitive therapy, management of comorbidities and residual issues, and relapse and termination. Each component of tf-CBT should be adapted to the age and developmental stage of the individual.

This program will explore each component of tf-CBT. You will be able to individualise your learning activities according to the client group you work with. For example, you can choose from multiple case vignettes representing typical presentations across the developmental spectrum: child, adolescent, and adult cases.

Learning will be consolidated via participation in activities, reflection tasks, and reference to audio and video demonstrations.

Two practitioner manuals will be available to download, one focussing on the treatment of children and adolescents, and the other on the treatment of adults with PTSD. The manuals will enhance your knowledge and skills relative to each component of treatment, and will provide resources that may be used in therapy, including monitoring forms, psychoeducational handouts, and suggestions for in-therapy activities.

You will receive a Certificate of Completion following successful completion of all components of the course.

Who should do this course?

This course is designed for mental health practitioners who have foundational competence in the assessment, diagnosis and treatment of mental health disorders generally, as well as foundational competence in the use of cognitive behavioural therapy.

Course content

Trauma-focussed cognitive behavioural therapy (tf-CBT) has three parts. Each part builds on the knowledge and skills addressed in the previous part, and culminates with detailed instructions in the ’how to’ of the use of imaginal and in-vivo exposure therapy, as well as trauma-focussed cognitive therapy.

  • Part 1: Understanding trauma and its impacts
  • Part 2: Understanding trauma-focussed cognitive behavioural therapy
  • Part 3: Implementing imaginal, in-vivo and trauma-focussed cognitive therapy

Course developers

“We’re Australia’s National Centre of Excellence in Posttraumatic Mental Health, the internationally recognised experts in trauma-related mental health and wellbeing.“
Phoenix Australia