Upcoming Trainings


Trauma Focused-Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) Training
Hosted by Centene and Local Health Plans

Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) is an evidence-based treatment for children and adolescents impacted by trauma that includes participation by their parents or caregivers. Research shows that TF-CBT successfully resolves a broad array of emotional and behavioral difficulties associated with single, multiple and complex trauma experiences.


2020 TF-CBT Training Schedule

March 31, 2020 Update: Due to travel restrictions for COVID-19, we have postponed our April TF-CBT trainings. They will be rescheduled. We are working on confirming dates and locations for 2020 TF-CBT Trainings as listed below. Any trainings with specific dates are confirmed. TBD means the date and location is not confirmed. Please note that the TF-CBT Trainings listed are open only to contracted clinicians within the local health plan provider network in the state where the training is being held. Please see Who May Attend below for additional attendance criteria.


January 22-23, 2020 in Tallahassee, FL - done

February 13-14, 2020 in Springfield, OH - done

*April 8-9, 2020 in St. Louis, MO - *postponed

May 13-14, 2020 in Fort Myers, FL

June 2020, TBD in IL

July 2020, TBD in WA

August 2020, TBD in San Antonio, TX

September 24-25, 2020 in KS

October 21-22, 2020 in Miami, FL

November 2020, TBD in NM


Who May Attend

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

  • Contracted clinician (or in the credentialing process) within the local health plan provider network in the state where the training is being held 
  • 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
  • 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 program developers' website, https://tfcbt.org, for details about the TF-CBT evidence-based treatment model and criteria for national certification. See https://tfcbt.org/training/ 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.



TF-CBT Email Notification List

To be added to the TF-CBT Email Notification List for your state, please read the Who May Attend section of the training information above. If you meet all of the criteria and would like to be added to the email notification list for your state, then email lisa.reed@centene.com with a Subject or body text of “Add to TF-CBT Email Notification List for [state from list above].” You will receive an email when registration opens for a training in your state (about a month before the training). 


Cost: The two-day training and follow-up consultation are provided at no cost to our in-network providers by Centene and local health plans as part of our continuing effort to help clinicians treating children in foster care enhance their skills and utilize the best evidence-based tools available.

Continuing Education: 14.5 CEs may be available for certain professional licenses. Please note that you must attend both full days for to be eligible for a completion certificate.

Important: Please note that to receive credit for completing the training, you must attend both full days, sign in and sign out both days, and complete the TF-CBT Pre-Training Learning Series (which includes a Pre Test) and complete the Post Test (you take online at the end of the training). Please be aware that you will not receive a certificate until you have completed the Pre Training—even if you have to take it after the training.

No partial hours will be given. Also note that you must be registered or be offered a spot from the waitlist in order to be permitted to attend.

Pre-Training Requirement: You will be asked to complete an online TF-CBT Pre-Training Learning Series prior to attending the class and will be contacted via email with more information after registering.

Pre-Training Recommendation: Prior to attending training, we recommend that you complete the Medical University of South Carolina's online TF-CBT training available at http://tfcbt2.musc.edu. Their website provides information about CEs for completing the online course (their CEs are in addition to those you earn by attending this live, two-day training). This is also a good option for clinicians who cannot attend the training to learn more about TF-CBT and earn CEs.

Questions: Please contact Lisa Reed at lisa.reed@centene.com


Training Conducted by

Roy Van Tassell, MS, LPC

Director, Trauma and Evidence-Based Interventions 

Roy Van Tassell, MS, LPC, is Director of Trauma and Evidence-Based Interventions for Centene and provides training in trauma, assessment, evidence-based interventions and consultation to providers and the community. He has been a member of the federally funded National Child Traumatic Stress Network since 2003.

His professional background over the last 38 years is diverse, having worked with children to seniors in residential, inpatient, outpatient, and partial hospital settings. Mr. Van Tassell has trained nationally in 26 states and is one of currently 70 master trainer/consultants in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT). In 2005 Roy was in the first trainer cohort with the TF-CBT model developers. He has been faculty for nine national and state Learning Collaborative trainings for TF-CBT; including the National Child Advocacy Center in Huntsville Alabama and for the University of Tennessee, Center of Excellence. Roy has also been trainer consultant for the national Effective Provider, Train-the-Trainer program for the American Psychological Association. Roy is also an approved National Trainer for Components for Enhancing Clinician Experience and Reducing Trauma (CE-CERT), an evidence-informed model for secondary trauma; as well as an approved trainer for the Child Adult Relationship Enhancement (CARE) model--a non-clinical approach designed for improving interactions for any adult who interacts with children. Since 2005 he has been part of the Oklahoma Dept. of Mental Health statewide training and dissemination of the TF-CBT model.

Additionally, Roy has provided 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 spendiing time with family, being an avid cyclist, and enjoying a great coffee.