Type of services provided:
Four phase individual treatment that is designed to help youth and caregivers to understand how exposure to trauma may be related to current emotional experiences and how these experiences can be linked to maladaptive behaviors. Combines elements from cognitive, behavioral, psychodynamic, expressive and family therapies to help youth and caregivers learn about the importance of traumatic stress, how responses that are initially adaptive can become maladaptive and how to manage maladaptive responses to traumatic reminders (cue), how to cope with stress, and express emotions.
Clinic, school, residential care, community agencies
Length of program/number of sessions:
15 sessions that are 45-50 minutes in length
Type(s) of trauma/concerns addressed:
Suitable for any trauma type
PTSD and related symptoms, emotional/behavioral dysregulation, negative cognitions and self-attributions
Education level of providers:
Therapists (At least Masters level trained)
CCT focuses on the allostatic load (accumulation of stress over time) rather than processing traumatic events in isolation. In addition, it is a more insight-oriented approach than traditional cognitive behavioral interventions, providing youth with knowledge about how trauma cues develop through classical conditioning and the link between these cues and their trauma responses.