Provider Requirements

Mental health providers and students currently enrolled in an accredited graduate program must meet certain requirements to receive TF-CBT training and certification.

Scholarships are available to all successful applicants to cover the costs of the requirements listed below.


Mental health providers or students interested in TF-CBT certification can apply for the scholarship. Providers must meet one of the following conditions:

  • A master’s degree with appropriate mental health licensure;
  • A master’s degree in a related mental health field and working towards licensure and supervised by a licensed mental health professional; or
  • A student intern in an accredited graduate-level mental health program supervised by a licensed and certified mental health professional.

Our focus is on practitioners employed by Children’s Advocacy Centers (CACs) or mental health agencies in Greater Minnesota and communities that have been historically underserved and underrepresented in child abuse response efforts (e.g., BIPOC, LGBTQIA2S+, disabled, and other marginalized groups).

TF-CBT Certification

The Alliance actively encourages applicants with an interest in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) to apply to the scholarship. Providers or students who apply must become certified to provide TF-CBT to children, adolescents, and families. The scholarship will cover the cost of training and certification.

Certification in TF-CBT Includes

  • Complete TF-CBT Online Training ($35 fee)
  • Two-day intensive in-person training in the foundations of the therapy modality.
  • Virtual three-hour session: Advanced TF-CBT: Application, Engagement, and Strategies for Telehealth.
  • Attendance of at least nine of 12 monthly consultation calls approved by the TF-CBT Learning Collaborative.

Culturally Responsive Training

Providers and students who are trained in TF-CBT and join the Mental Health Network must attend a series of training sessions to support the cultural needs and considerations of children, adolescents, and families. These trainings will be offered in the Summer, Fall, and Winter of 2024; dates are forthcoming.

CAC Partnership

Upon completion of the initial TF-CBT certification, mental health providers will commit to serving at least three children over two years who have been referred from Minnesota CACs. Providers will be trained in the TF-CBT modality, including delivery of services through telehealth so that they can provide therapy in person or virtually.

CACs facilitate a multidisciplinary team (MDT) of professionals across several disciplines. When working with a CAC child, adolescent, or family, providers are expected to attend case review meetings with CAC staff and the MDT in addition to providing mental health services. Learn more about the CAC Model.

Apply to Join the Network!

Are you a mental health provider interested in providing trauma-informed therapy? Apply by May 24, 2024, to receive a scholarship and become certified in TF-CBT.

Complete the Application Online