TF-CBT in Australia

Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (TF-CBT) is an evidence-based intervention for children and adolescents who experience symptoms related to one or more traumatic events. The inclusion of parents/caregivers is an important part of TF-CBT.

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Natalie Cabrera

Clinical Psychologist, Educational and Developmental Psychologist

Natalie is a Clinical Psychologist and an Educational and Developmental Psychologist based in Sydney. She is Director of TF-CBT Australia and Psychology Training and Supervision.

Natalie has over 14 years of experience working with children, adolescents and families experiencing acute and complex mental health conditions in outpatient and inpatient public health settings.

Before working in mental health services, Natalie worked in disability and child protection. After receiving initial training in TF-CBT in 2015, she went on to engage in TF-CBT training with developers Drs Anthony Mannarino and Judith Cohen in the United States in 2018.

As an accredited TF-CBT Trainer, Natalie now has the privilege of training mental health clinicians throughout Australia. She also supports individuals and teams in their ongoing implementation of TF-CBT. Natalie is an Australian Psychological Society member and a board-approved supervisor with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency.

Gavin Moffitt

Clinical Psychologist

Gavin is a Clinical Psychologist based in Sydney and Director of TF-CBT Australia and Psychology Training and Supervision. Gavin has over 10 years of experience working with children, adolescents and families experiencing acute and complex mental health conditions in outpatient and inpatient public health settings.

Gavin received initial training in TF-CBT in 2015 and, since becoming an accredited TF-CBT Trainer in 2021, has been passionate about providing training to mental health clinicians throughout Australia.

Gavin is an Australian Psychological Society member and a board-approved supervisor with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency.

Your Australian Trainers

Clinical Psychologists Natalie Cabrera and Gavin Moffitt have worked closely with the developers of TF-CBT to introduce and roll out TF-CBT training throughout Australia.

In 2015, whilst working in the public health service, we (Natalie and Gavin) completed our training in TF-CBT with Dr Laura Murray. Training in TF-CBT felt like a transformative moment for us — we’d found a therapy with a solid evidence base that could make a difference in the lives of the young people and families we worked with who had experienced trauma.

We spoke with each other about how it could work in the acute adolescent mental health unit where we were working during the training. Through discussion with Dr Murray, we utilised TF-CBT with our patients, and we’ve also conducted research in this area publishing “An intensive form of trauma-focused cognitive behaviour therapy in an acute adolescent inpatient unit: An uncontrolled open trial”, which was the first of its kind.

Fast forward to 2018, and after a few years of using TF-CBT with young people, we knew Australia needed TF-CBT on a broader scale. Natalie flew to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, to meet Drs Anthony Mannarino and Judith Cohen, where our robust mentoring relationship began. In 2021 Natalie and Gavin completed training with Drs Anthony Mannarino, Judith Cohen, and Esther Deblinger to become Australia’s accredited International TF-CBT Trainers.

We’re so proud to be Australia’s TF-CBT trainers and thrilled to help mental health professionals like you make a difference in the lives of the children, adolescents and families we work with who have experienced trauma.

The History of TF-CBT

Developed by Drs Anthony Mannarino, Judy Cohen and Esther Deblinger, TF-CBT is recommended as a first-line treatment for children and adolescents aged 3–21 experiencing PTSD and has also been found effective in reducing other trauma-related difficulties, including behavioural and emotional problems and improving parental distress and parenting skills.

Dr. Anthony Mannarino - original developer of TF-CBT

Dr. Anthony Mannarino

Dr. Anthony Mannarino - original developer of TF-CBT

Dr. Judy Cohen

Dr. Anthony Mannarino - original developer of TF-CBT

Dr. Esther Deblinger

Structure

TF-CBT is a structured intervention lasting between 8 and 16 sessions or up to 25 sessions for complex trauma. Research has been conducted on TF-CBT application in varying settings (community, school, inpatient) and across varying populations (refugee populations, diverse cultural backgrounds, persons with developmental disabilities).

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Wilma Peters – Associate Member of TF-CBT Australia

BA. PostGradDip.MA. MBA Phd

Wilma is an Honorary Research Fellow at the University of Melbourne with a specific interest in interventions for interpersonal trauma.

Wilma has more than 20-years of experience in working with trauma impacted individuals and has completed training in several evidence-based interventions including TF-CBT. She completed a PhD at the University of Melbourne, where she focused on investigating psychological interventions for the treatment of PTSD, anxiety and depression in young people impacted by interpersonal trauma. In addition to reviewing the current state of evidence for treating young people with trauma related disorders following interpersonal trauma, she investigated the feasibility, acceptability, safety and potential clinical effectiveness of TF-CBT among young people aged 15-25.

Wilma was the recipient of the Australian Society of Traumatic Stress John Raftery Early Career Award (2022). She was also recognized by the Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW) as Researcher of the Year (2022).

Research Interests: Trauma, Comorbidities, Cognitive Behaviour Therapies and Young People.

Publications:

  • Peters, W., Rice, S., Alvarez, J. M., Hetrick, S. E., Halpin, E., Kamitsis, I.,
    Santesteban, E. O., & Bendall, S. (2022). Relative Efficacy of Psychological Interventions following Interpersonal Trauma on Anxiety, Depression, Substance Use, and PTSD Symptoms in Young People: A Meta‐Analysis. Early Intervention in Psychiatry
  • Peters, W., Rice, S., Cohen, J., Murray, L., Schley, C., Alvarez-Jimenez, M., & Bendall, S.
    (2021). Trauma-Focused Cognitive–Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) for Interpersonal Trauma in
    Transitional-Aged Youth. Psychological Trauma: Theory, Research, Practice & Policy.
  • Peters, W., Rice, S., Cohen, J., Smith, N. B., McDonnell, C. G., Winch, A., Nicasio, A. V.,
    Zeifman, R. J., Alvarez-Jimenez, M., & Bendall, S. (2022). Subjective Distress, Self-Harm, and
    Suicidal Ideation or Behavior Throughout Trauma-Focused Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy in
    Transitional Age Youth. Psychological Trauma: Theory, Research, Practice, and Policy.
  • Eastwood, O., Peters, W., Cohen, J., Murray, L., Rice, S., Alvarez-Jimenez, M., & Bendall, S.
    (2021). “Like a huge weight lifted off my shoulders”: Exploring Young Peoples’ Experiences
    of Treatment In a Pilot Trial of Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.
    Psychotherapy.

Supervision and other training

We also offer Psychology Supervision and other tailored trainings.

Both Natalie and Gavin are board-approved supervisors with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency and provide supervision to psychologists in all stages of their training. Natalie is also acknowledged as a clinical supervisor with the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists.

If you are looking for supervision or customised trainings, you can find out more at Psychology Training and Supervision:

“Natalie and Gavin are fantastic trainers and bring with them a wealth of invaluable knowledge and experience implementing this treatment with young people. I highly recommend attending.”

Clinical Psychologist – Private Practice, Perth

“Trainers explained everything well. Training was interactive and there was great group participation.”

“The real-life examples provided were a good insight into the level of trauma some of the children and young people experience.”