Journal of Child & Adolescent Trauma

, Volume 10, Issue 2, pp 175–185 | Cite as

Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Commercially Sexually Exploited Youth

  • Judith A. Cohen
  • Anthony P. Mannarino
  • Kelly Kinnish
Original Article


Commercially sexually exploited children and adolescents (“commercially exploited youth”)present numerous clinical challenges that have led some mental health providers to question whether current evidence-based treatments are adequate to address the needs of this population. This paper 1) addresses commonalities between the trauma experiences, responses and treatment challenges of commercially exploited youth and those of youth with complex trauma; 2) highlights the importance of careful assessment to guide case conceptualization and treatment planning for commercially exploited youth; and 3) describes strategies for implementing Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for complex trauma specific to these youth.


Commercial sexual exploitation of children Trauma-Focused CBT Complex trauma PTSD Trauma Evidence-based treatment Children Adolescents 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Judith A. Cohen
    • 1
  • Anthony P. Mannarino
    • 1
  • Kelly Kinnish
    • 2
  1. 1.Allegheny Health NetworkPittsburghUSA
  2. 2.Georgia Center for Child AdvocacyAtlantaUSA

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