Washington State CBT+ Initiative

Funding: Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS) Mental Health Division (Federal Block Grant Funding, 2009 – present)
Agencies/Departments Involved in the Initiative: Harborview Sexual Assault and Traumatic Stress Center (HCSATS), University of Washington’s Department of Psychology and Department of Public Behavioral Health and Justice Policy (PHBJP)
Trainers & Consultants: Lucy Berliner, LICSW, Laura Merchant, LICSW, Shannon Dorsey, Ph.D., Nathaniel Jungbluth, Ph.D.

The DSHS Mental Health Division funds training in TF-CBT for clinicians working in mental health agencies that have contracts with their local Regional Support Network (RSN). The WA State Initiative is now in its fourth year. Teams of clinicians (1 supervisor, 2 clinicians) are invited to attend a two-day training in TF-CBT and receive six months of bi-weekly, one-hour phone consultations with a TF-CBT expert. Clinicians who participate in these activities receive a certificate of completion. Core learning session participants are also eligible to attend annual one-day trainings, as available on advanced subjects (e.g. Working with Parents, Advanced Training on the Trauma Narrative, Supervisor Training).

In addition to the two-day core learning session, administrators from the RSN and each agency are encouraged to attend a half-day training on organizational issues related to adoption of TF-CBT to facilitate RSN and agency support at all levels.

The Chadwick Center for Children Services conducted the Kauffman Best Practices Project Final Report and found TF-CBT to be a best practice (an evidence based practice) in the field of child abuse treatment. Also of interest is the 2004 Child Physical and Sexual Abuse: Guidelines for Treatment.

For more information on TF-CBT and other evidence-based practices for treating child trauma, please visit The National Child Traumatic Stress Network. If you are a masters-level mental health clinician or provider and are interested in obtaining training in TF-CBT, there are two free online training resources. They have basic training and, once basic is completed, training on using TF-CBT with childhood traumatic grief.

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Publications

  1. Berliner, L., Dorsey, S., Merchant, L., Jungbluth, N., Sedlar, G. (2013). Practical Guide for EBP Implementation in Public Health. Washington State Division of Behavior Health and Recovery, Harborview Center for Sexual Assault and Traumatic Stress & University of Washington, School of Medicine, Public Behavior Health and Justice Policy.
  2. Berliner, L., Dorsey, S., Sedlar, G., Jungbluth, N., & Merchant, L. (2013). Everyday Competence and Fidelity for EBP Organizations: Practical Guide. Washington State Division of Behavior Health and Recovery, Harborview Center for Sexual Assault and Traumatic Stress & University of Washington, School of Medicine, Public Behavior Health and Justice Policy.
  3. Lyon, A. R., Dorsey, S., Pullman, M. Silbaugh-Cowdin, J., Berliner, L. (2014). Clinician use of standardized assessments following a common elements psychotherapy training and consultation program. Administration and Policy in Mental Health. Advance online publication.
  4. Dorsey, S., Berliner, L., Lyon, A. R., Pullmann, M., & Murray, L. K. (2014). A statewide common elements initiative for children’s mental health. Journal of Behavioral Health Services and Research. Advance online publication.