CARE House therapists provide victims and families of abuse and trauma with scientifically-based treatments to create coping and healing with the goal of reducing long-term emotional and social damage.

Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) is an evidence-based treatment that addresses the needs of children with post- traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and other difficulties related to traumatic life events. The goal of TF-CBT is to provide education to both the child and the caregivers about trauma, symptoms and the specific type of event

they experienced. This type of therapy helps them identify and cope with emotions,

thoughts and behaviors, through a series of taught coping skills. 


The child also experiences gradual exposure, in a safe environment, to the anxiety-

provoking stimuli allowing the child to process the event and move on.  Research has

shown TF-CBT to be effective in treating childhood post-traumatic stress disorder

(PTSD) and children who have experienced traumatic events.

Alternatives for Families: A Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (AF-CBT) is a trauma-informed, evidence-based intervention designed to improve the relationship between children and their caregivers by addressing individual and family problems relating to:

  • Frequent family conflicts

  • Behavior problems, including physical aggression

  • Anger and verbal aggression, including emotional abuse

  • Harsh physical discipline, physical aggression, or child physical abuse

  • Child trauma-related symptoms secondary to any of the above

Any and all of the patterns above may be demonstrated by an individual caregiver or a child/adolescent, but they may also characterize the interactions of the entire family. Accordingly, AF-CBT targets caregiver and child/adolescent characteristics and the larger family context.

Child and Family Traumatic Stress Intervention (CFTSI) is a brief, evidence-based intervention that aims to prevent the development of post-traumatic stress disorder in children and adolescents who were recently exposed to a potentially traumatic event. This intervention works by increasing communication between caregiver and child about the child’s traumatic stress reaction, providing skills to the family to help cope with traumatic stress reactions, and reducing concrete external stressors. This intervention also assesses the child’s needs for longer-term treatment.

Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT) is an evidence-based treatment for young children with emotional and behavioral disorders that places emphasis on improving the quality of the parent-child relationship and changing parent-child interaction patterns. Children and their caregivers are seen together in PCIT. Most of the session time is spent coaching caregivers in the application of specific therapy skills. Therapists typically coach from an observation room with a one way mirror into the playroom, using a “bug-in-the-ear” system for communicating to the parents as they play with their child, providing real time feedback. 



PCIT’s primary use is for young children with behavioral problems, however PCIT’s development also stems from attachment theory, meaning that it can be used to increase attachment between parent and child. Lastly, because PCIT helps parents with difficult children without using corporal punishment, PCIT is a preventative measure for physical abuse. PCIT outcome research has demonstrated statistically and clinically significant improvements in the conduct-disordered behavior of preschool age children; after treatment, children’s behavior is within the normal range.  Check out short videos about PCIT : What is PCIT