Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) is the most rigorously tested treatment for abused children. Research has shown that 80% of children show significant improvement in less than 16 weeks. With the inclusion of caregiver support, research also shows improved parental distress, support, and depression compared to supportive treatments.
TF-CBT AT THOMPSON
Each year, Thompson selects a handful of clinicians to participate in the NC Child Treatment Program – TF-CBT Learning Collaborative to provide treatment to children that is effective at improving PTSD, depression, anxiety, shame, and behavior problems.
Caleb didn’t get love and care in his mother’s home. His great-great grandmother took him in but soon began to struggle with her 6th grader who struggled to tell the truth – thinking lying, fighting, and stealing were the way to get attention…and love.
CALEB’S JOURNEY WITH THOMPSON
Caleb was placed into Therapeutic Foster Care – learning coping skills, structure, and how to receive consistent care. His Intensive In-Home team continued therapeutic supports & skill building while transitioning Caleb to live in a more appropriate setting with his aunt.
Thompson’s consistency of care led Caleb to thrive.
John couldn’t control his anger & aggression towards others, especially his 5 year old brother. John was failing classes in school – often getting suspended. John didn’t have the social skills to interact with his peers…or his family.
JOHN’S JOURNEY WITH THOMPSON
John & his family received support from a Wraparound Team, which connected them to multiple services, like Outpatient Therapy & Medication Mgmt. His mom learned to build & uphold family rules with appropriate rewards & consequences. John learned about his emotions, how to calmly express himself, and how to build relationships. They’re stronger now as a family unit.
Having endured complex trauma as a young child, Kindra began running away at age 8. Her mom sent her to live with her dad in a different state. This life change and lack of family relationships spiraled Kindra into human trafficking involvement.
KINDRA’S JOURNEY WITH THOMPSON
Before treatment in our Adira Program, Kindra and her mom had an estranged relationship. They are now engaging in family therapy, home visits, and communicating daily. Kindra is motivated for her own future and has identified goals, like going to college. Kindra now recognizes what healthy relationships look like.
With the NC stay-at-home orders, Thompson leadership looked at a building on our residential campus as an opportunity to help our ACP families do just that, stay at ‘home.’ Turning an otherwise, unused building into a temporary shelter was an undertaking that had not previously been done, but was realized with community support.
FAMILIES’ JOURNEY WITH THOMPSON
As the first ACP families moved into the shelter in May, a sense of stabilization was felt. The families can now focus on their children’s distance learning, job searches, self-sufficiency skill building, and ultimately work on the plan to exit into their own housing.