The effect of TF-CBT has been investigated in a study conducted at eight Child and Adolescents’ Mental Health Clinics (BUP) in Norway. The results of the study showed that the method is more effective for severely traumatized children than therapy as usual. Please find information and results from this study here. The first project period lasted from 2012 to 2017. By the end of 2017, half of the BUP clinics in Norway had participated in the project. You can find additional information about this project here.
In Implementation of TF-CBT at Norwegian Child and Adolescents’ Mental Health Clinics 2018-2021, the aim is to maintain the treatment capacity of TF-CBT at these clinics, and to implement TF-CBT at the remaining clinics so that all children and adolescents who are struggling with posttraumatic stress can receive evidence-based treatment for their symptoms. From 2020, the Child Advocacy Centers will implement TF-CBT to make sure that we reach children in need for trauma focused treatment who do not receive services elsewhere. The implementation have a particular focus on ensuring sustainment of the method through thorough training, guidance and follow-up of TF-CBT therapists.
In line with the research literature, our experiences indicate that leadership support and organizational planning are important for sustained use of TF-CBT with fidelity. We implement and test an empirical and theoretical supported model for implementation leadership. The aim of the research is to investigate whether the inclusion of the Leadership and Organizational Change for Implementation (LOCI) will result in changes in implementation climate and the clinic’s ability to provide TF-CBT to children in need for trauma focused treatment.
The project will use a stepped wedge design to investigate the effectiveness of LOCI in supporting the implementation of TF-CBT. Questionnaires will be used to collect data from therapists and leaders at baseline and after 4, 8, 12, and 16 months. In addition, client data will be collected throughout the study period.
Questions about the project can be addressed to:
Marianne Skogbrott Birkeland
Implementation of TF-CBT in Norwegian child and adolescent mental health services