ITCT-C and A: Integrative Treatment of Complex Trauma for Children and Adolescents
 

By Jack Komer, 12/2021.

What is ITCT?                                                                                     

Specifically developed to be responsive and sensitive to cultural differences as well as the effects of poverty and social marginalization. Widely used by programs with diverse clients. Can be used for Complex trauma, physical abuse, sexual abuse, emotional abuse and neglect, community violence, domestic violence, medical trauma, traumatic loss, and parental substance use.

There are two versions: ITCT-C which can be used with children between the ages of 5-12 and ITCT-A which can be used with adolescents between the ages of 12-21. 

Evidence in Support of ITCT-C

Research Describing Components and Implementation of ITCT-C (NCTSN, 2017):

  • Lanktree, C. B., & Briere, J.N. (2016). Treating complex trauma in children and their families: An integrative       approach. Thousand Oaks, Ca.: Sage.

  • Lanktree, C.B., & Briere, J. (2013). Integrative Treatment of Complex Trauma (ITCT) for children and                  adolescents. In J.D. Ford and C.A. Courtois, Treating complex traumatic stress disorders with children and    adolescents: An evidence-based guide (pp. 143-161). NY: Guilford.

Pilot/Feasibility Trials (NCTSN, 2017):

  • Lanktree, C.B., Briere, J., Godbout, N., Hodges, M., Chen, K., Trimm, L., Adams, B., Maida, C.A., & Freed, W. (2012). Treating multi-traumatized, socially- marginalized children: Results of a naturalistic treatment 
    outcome study. Journal of Aggression, Maltreatment & Trauma, 21, 813–828.

      https://doi.org/10.1080/10926771.2012.722588

Research Results: 

  • "Significantly reduced (average of > 40%) symptoms on all trauma-related areas as 
    measured by the TSCC (Trauma Symptom Checklist for Children): anxiety, depression, anger, posttraumatic stress, dissociation, and sexual concerns." (NCTSN, 2017, Pg.3)

Evidence in support of ITCT-A:

Research Describing Components and Implementation of ITCT-A (NCTSN, 2015):

  • Briere, J. (2015). Mindfulness and trigger management interventions for 
        traumatized, substance-using youth. Counselor, 16, 41- 47. 

  • Briere, J., & Lanktree, C.B. (2013). Integrative treatment of complex trauma 
        for adolescents (ITCT-A): A guide for the treatment of multiply-traumatized youth, 
        2nd edition. Los Angeles, CA: USC Adolescent Trauma Training Center, National 
        Child Traumatic Stress Network, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services 
        Administration.

  • Briere, J. & Lanktree, C.B. (2012). Treating complex trauma in adolescents and 
        young adults. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

  • Briere, J., & Lanktree, C.B. (2014). Treating substance use issues in traumatized 
        adolescents and young adults: Key principles and components. Los Angeles, CA: 
        USC Adolescent Trauma Training Center, National Child Traumatic Stress Network, 
        Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.

  • Lanktree, C.B., & Briere, J. (2013). Integrative Treatment of Complex Trauma (ITCT) 
        for children and adolescents. In J.D. Ford and C.A. Courtois, Treating complex 
        traumatic stress disorders with children and adolescents: An evidence-based guide 
        (pp. 143-161). NY: Guilford.

  • Lanktree, C.B., Briere, J., Godbout, N., Hodges, M., Chen, K., Trimm, L., Adams, B., 
        Maida, C.A., & Freed, W. (2012). Treating multi-traumatized, socially-marginalized 
        children: Results of a naturalistic treatment outcome study. Journal of Aggression, Maltreatment &                  Trauma, 21, 813–828. https://doi.org/10.1080/10926771.2012.722588

Pilot/Feasibility Trials (NCTSN, 2015):

  • Lanktree, C.B., Briere, J., Godbout, N., Hodges, M., Chen, K., Trimm, L., Adams, B., Maida, C.A., & Freed, W. (2012). Treating multi-traumatized, socially- marginalized children: Results of a naturalistic treatment 
    outcome study. Journal of Aggression, Maltreatment & Trauma, 21, 813–828.

      https://doi.org/10.1080/10926771.2012.722588

Research Results: 

  • "Significantly reduced (average of > 40%) symptoms on all trauma-related areas as 
    measured by the TSCC (Trauma Symptom Checklist for Children): anxiety, depression, anger, posttraumatic stress, dissociation, and sexual concerns." (NCTSN, 2015, Pg.3)

ITCT-A 
Program Site
 

ITCT-C 
Treatment Manual
 

National Child Traumatic Stress Network Fact Sheet on ITCT-A
 

National Child Traumatic Stress Network Fact Sheet on ITCT-C
 

References

NCTSN. (2015). ITCT-A: Integrative Treatment of Complex Trauma for Adolescents [Fact sheet].

https://www.nctsn.org/sites/default/files/interventions/itcta_fact_sheet.pdf

NCTSN. (2017). ITCT-C: Integrative Treatment of Complex Trauma for Children [Fact sheet]. https://www.nctsn.org/sites/default/files/interventions/itctc_fact_sheet.pdf