TF-CBT Trainings

Two-day Trauma Focused-Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Training (TF-CBT)

Training Conducted by:
Roy Van Tassell, MS, LPC
Director, Trauma and Evidenced Based Interventions

Roy Van Tassell, MS, LPC-S, is Director of Trauma and Evidence-Based Interventions for Centene, providing training in trauma, assessment, evidenced-based interventions and consultation to treatment providers and the community. He has been a member of the federally funded National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN) since 2002, and co-chairs the NCTSN's subcommittee for Children with Problematic Sexual Behaviors.

His professional background over the last 40 years is diverse, having worked with children to seniors in residential, inpatient, outpatient, and partial hospital settings. Mr. Van Tassell has trained nationally in over 26 states and is an approved master trainer/consultant in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT). In 2005 Roy was in the first train-the-trainer cohort with the TF-CBT model developers. He served as faculty for nine national and state Learning Collaborative trainings for TF-CBT; including for the National Child Advocacy Center in Huntsville Alabama, the University of Tennessee's Center of Excellence and as a trainer/consultant for the national Effective Provider, Train-the-Trainer program for the American Psychological Association.

Roy is an approved National Trainer for the advanced topic: TF-CBT for Problem Sexual Behaviors in Children; as well as for Components for Enhancing Clinician Experience and Reducing Trauma (CE-CERT), an evidence-informed model for secondary traumatic stress; and an approved trainer for the Child Adult Relationship Enhancement (CARE), a non-clinical approach for improving interactions between any adult and child. Since 2005 he has been part of the Oklahoma Dept. of Mental Health's statewide training and dissemination of the TF-CBT model.

Additionally, Roy has provided a variety of advanced trainings in TF-CBT and other trauma-informed care topics with each of the TF-CBT model developers: Drs. Judith Cohen, Anthony Mannarino, and Esther Deblinger. Roy manages his stress by using his CE-CERT skills, spending time with family, being an avid cyclist, and enjoying a great coffee.

Our goal is to bring this low-cost training to licensed clinical providers to provide an opportunity for additional skills that will benefit children in the foster care system.

Day 1 and Day 2 will begin at 8:30am. Please anticipate staying until 5:00pm on Day 1 and at least 4:30pm on Day 2.

At the end of of Day 2, we will provide you with your CEU hours. Participants will need to be in attendance the full 2 days in order to receive CEUs. No partial CEUs will be given.

We ask that you come to the training with a completed Trauma Informed Care (TIC) Specialty Provider Network Application. Upon completion of this training, you are qualified to be listed as a TIC Specialty Provider. We share this designation with those looking for trauma-oriented therapeutic services statewide. 

Who May Attend

Only clinicians who meet all of the following criteria are eligible to attend:

  • Contracted, in-network provider with the local health plan in the state for which we are providing the training (or in the credentialing process)
  • Master's degree or above in a mental health discipline
  • Professional licensure in home state (or registered intern under supervision for licensure)
  • Actively treating children/adolescents in foster care in your state's foster care/child welfare system
  • Have not participated in a live or virtual TF-CBT Training with us before
  • Can commit to and participate in the follow-up TF-CBT Consultation Call Program consisting of twice-monthly, one-hour group conference calls for six months

Please review the information available at the model developers' website,, for details about the TF-CBT evidence-based treatment model and criteria for national certification. See for other TF-CBT Training opportunities outside of our organization if you do not meet the criteria above.


Learning Objectives and Outcomes

  • Participants will identify and discuss the rationale and benefits of the use of this trauma-specific treatment intervention for children and families experiencing post-traumatic stress and other emotional / behavioral impacts of significant adverse events.
  • Participants will have an opportunity to review, appraise and discuss the outcome evidence supporting the efficacy of TF-CBT.
  • Participants will identify and summarize, via the use of case studies and examples, how to implement the components of P.P.R.A.C.T.I.C.E.; the phase-oriented approach and the efficacy of this model for treating trauma and traumatic grief.
  • Participants will have the opportunity to demonstrate the process and approach of completing the Trauma Narrative with a practice case.
  • Participants will observe and practice strategies for intervening with both children and their parents or caregivers through training demonstrations and role-plays.
  • Participants will be able to verbalilze and list the steps needed to develop improved fidelity adherence through ongoing post-training consultation, and process leading to TF-CBT certification by model developers.