Trauma and Grief Component Therapy for Adolescents (TGCTA)

Tristate Trauma Network Presents: “Trauma and Grief Component Therapy for Adolescents (TGCTA) with local presenters Dr. Erna Olafson, Ph.D., Psy.D., and Erica Ogletree, MA, LPCC-S. 

Please join us for this 3-day virtual offering.  Ms. Ogletree and Dr. Olafson co-authored the TGCT-A Manual (2017) and have co-trained several community centers and juvenile justice facilities in the USA. However, please note that TGCTA is not only for juvenile justice residential centers and not only done in groups. TGCTA is flexible and can be implemented for individuals as well as for groups.   

Summary/Brief Description: TGCTA is a four-module trauma and grief component treatment for adolescents. TGCTA’s four modules address: (a) foundational knowledge and skills to enhance posttraumatic emotional, cognitive, and behavioral regulation; (b) group sharing and processing of trauma experiences; (c) group sharing and processing of grief/loss experiences; and (d) resumption of adaptive developmental progression and future orientation. If all four modules are implemented, TGCTA contains 23 to 25 sessions, and an abbreviated version using only Modules 1 and 4 has 10 to 12 sessions. In a randomized trial in Bosnia and open trials with American youth after 911, and in schools, clinics, and residential treatments in the United States, participation in both the full and the abbreviated version of TGCTA were associated with reductions in posttraumatic stress, depression, and maladaptive grief reactions, as well as improvements in academic performance, reductions in school disciplinary actions, and large reductions in incident reports in juvenile justice facilities.  

TGCTA has several features that support initial implementation and sustainability over time:(a) Full implementation of TGCTA appears to make facilities safer, and this has led facilities in several states to sustain implementation of TGCTA for up to a full decade following the initial training. In addition, each session contains detailed instructions with suggested scripts, which is especially useful when there is clinician turnover. *As a group treatment, TGCTA is cost effective. Groups of six to eight youth are generally led by two group leaders, one of whom is a clinician and the other can be a non-clinical and fully trained staff member, teacher, or coach. (b) TGCTA contains a grief component that is fully consistent with the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (5th ed.; DSM-5; American Psychiatric Association [APA], 2013), and it is the only contemporary adolescent treatment that does so. Resistant youth in some settings appear more willing to engage fully with the grief than with the trauma component, thus opening other doors to recovery. (c) TGCTA can be offered in a group setting that harnesses adolescent peer influence. Group cohesion is used to promote emotional, cognitive, and behavioral self-regulation and reduce trauma-triggered reactions, reactive aggression, high-risk behaviors, and maladaptive coping strategies such as substance misuse. (d) Because research has shown that TGCTA is effective in both its full and abbreviated versions, it can be applied flexibly in a variety of settings. 

Participant outcomes/learning objectives for the training:     • Participants will become aware of the ways in which TGCTA is a cutting-edge group treatment for traumatized and bereaved adolescents, including the harnessing of adolescent peer influence to improve therapeutic outcomes.     • Participants will learn that TGCTA’s module about grief experiences offers the only available youth treatment for prolonged grief disorder that is consistent with DSM-5 and will learn and practice exercises from the grief module.    • Participants will be able to apply TGCTA services flexibly, tailoring treatments in both lengthy and abbreviated versions as needed by youths and by facilities.     • Participants will learn the basics of implementing TGCTA not only for group treatment but also for treatment of individual adolescents.

TGCTA 3-day Virtual Training Schedule (Thursday, 12/7, Friday, 12/8, Thursday, 12/14)

Day 1 *Sign in 8:45am

9:00-9:35 Welcome & Overview of TGCTA 9:35-10:15 Pre-Treatment Interview 10:15-10:30 Break (15 mins)10:30-12:00 Module 1, Building Rapport & Psychoeducation (Sessions 1-2) 12:00-12:30 Lunch (30 mins)12:30-1:40 Module I, Managing Strong Emotions & Trauma Reminders (Sessions 3-4) 1:40-1:55 Break (15 mins) 1:55-3:00 Module 1, Learning Posttraumatic Coping Skills (Session 5)

Day 2 *Sign-in 8:45am

9:00-9:15 Questions and comments from day prior and of material read in manual9:15-10:15 Module 1, Sizing Up a Situation & Replacing Hurtful Thoughts (Sessions 6-7)10:15-10:30 Break10:30-11:05 Module 1 Recruiting Support from Others & Review of Module 1 (Session 8)11:05-12:00 Module 2, Preparing to Share Trauma Experiences & Group Narrative Sharing (Sessions 1-2)12:00-12:30 Lunch12:30-2:00 Module 2, Continued work with both group and individual trauma narratives and cognitive processing of trauma (Sessions 3-4)2:00-2:15 Break2:15-3:00 Module 3, Introduction to Multisystemic Grief Theory & Learning About Grief (Session 1) 

Day 3 *Sign-in 8:45am

9:00-9:15 Questions and Comments from day prior and material read in manual9:15-10:30 Module 3, Reactions to Loss Reminders & Coping with Traumatic Deaths (Sessions 2-3)10:30-10:45 Break10:45-12:00 Module 3, Identifying Positive and Negative Traits, Reminiscing, & Relapse Prevention (Sessions 4-6)12:00-12:30 Lunch12:30-2:00 Module 4, Promoting Developmental Progression, & Coping with Difficult Days (Sessions 1-2)2:00-2:15 Break2:15-2:45 Module 4, What Is Not Your Job to Fix, Future Planning, & Graduation (Sessions 3-4)2:45-3:00 Questions, Comments, & Clinical Conference Call Planning

*Pre-Requisites: You must also purchase the manual, “Trauma and Grief Component Therapy for Adolescents (TGCT-A)” for $43.

*You do not have to be a MA level or licensed clinician to be trained. You will, however, need to have Master’s level clinician working with you to co-lead this as a group therapy modality.  Clinicians can also use TGCTA as an individual therapy approach.  So there are a couple of options for implementation.   

COST for 3-day training:

*Certification Level $405 for TTN Members; $450 for non-members; + $43 for the TGCTA manual 

Non-Certification Level $225 for TTN Members; $250 for non-members; + $43 for the TGCTA manual

*10 additional hours (Five 2-hour sessions) of consultation calls are required for those pursuing the TGCTA certification.  Consultation calls which support TGCTA mastery are an additional fee based on the number of participants, and those calls will be arranged with the trainers at the conclusion of the training.  

Certification Option: *Master’s level clinicians with active cases who complete at least 9 calls will be eligible to receive certification as TGCTA professional.

Train the Trainer Option: 

 1. Each trainee must have previously completed the TGCTA certification training process (15 hr training and consultation series). 

2. The training experience will include up to three consultation sessions with an official TGCTA Trainer in preparation for TGCTA certification co-facilitation. 

3. Trainee will then co-facilitate the 15 hr certification training. This will include supporting breakout group experiences and leading two pre-selected module session trainings (Ex. Mod 1 Session 3). 

4. Trainee will also attend and co-facilitate consultation calls for certification cohort.

5. Trainee will have access to schedule consultation calls with TGCTA certified trainer as needed throughout the 6 month consultation period.

*CEUs have been granted by the KY Social Work Board. CEU application is pending for OH Counseling, Social Work, & MFT Board. KY Counseling Board accepts OH CSWMFT Board-approved trainings.  TTN is an IN Category 1 Provider, covering Behavioral Health professionals at the Category 1 level with CEUs. 15 hours of CEUs are being applied for and are included in the training fee.

 *Registration and payment must be completed by the deadline of     December 1, 2023.  No refunds after this date. Substitutions are allowed.

*PLEASE NOTE: We do our best to make trainings affordable and have offered the lowest price possible to encourage attendance. TTN reserves the right to cancel the training if not enough participants sign up, which means not enough revenue is available to pay the trainer. Registrants will be notified of cancellation at least 1 week in advance of the training and training fees will be refunded.  

Again, please register and pay by December 1st or you spot will be released!  There are only 24 spots available so we will surely have a waiting list. 

Course Registration

Trauma-Responsive Care Certification Series 2023 – 2024 Cohort


The Tristate Trauma Network is committed to increasing the practice of trauma-responsive care in our community. Trauma-responsive care goes beyond understanding trauma and its effects to providing interventions that seek to alleviate trauma symptoms and lead to a higher level of functioning. TTN has chosen to partner with Finding Hope Consulting, LLC to provide its first type of Trauma Certification to practitioners: Trauma-Responsive Care Certification (TRCC). As of December 1, 2021, over 400 professionals have been certified in Trauma-Responsive Care!

The Series will once again be held online to allow for participants to attend from near and far. There are 8 days of training/consultation.

Cost: Registration for the Full 8-day Series plus test & certification application is $900. This rate includes: 30 CEUs for the training portions, access to video recordings of each session, approx. 10 hours small group consultation in a 10:1 ratio, and a 200+ page manual. Payment plan for the full series is available. Please email for the Payment Agreement Form.

Registration Modifications: Attend just the 2-day Foundational for $175  ($150 for TTN Members). If you’ve had the foundational training already, you can choose to attend just the 6 Theory to Practice sessions (Modules 3-8) held after the 2-day foundational for $800. This includes your TRCC competency test & Application.

*All TRCC certified professionals must become individual members of the Tristate Trauma Network by time of application submission.

What is TRCC – Hear Mary Vicario, LPCC-S of Finding Hope Consulting, LLC describe the course and achievements.

TRCC Testimonials Video – Hear what the June 2017 TRCC Program Graduates said about the program.

Handout with more information and requirements

Please visit our CERTIFICATION page for more information, Certification Applications (Initial and Renewal) and Frequently Asked Questions.

Special First Responder Trauma Responsive Care Series 2023 – 2024 Cohort

View the First Responder TRCC Testimonial Video HERE 

In partnership with Finding Hope Consulting, LLC, Mental Health America (MHA) NKY/SWOH, and Tri-State Peer Support Team, we hosted our first Trauma-Responsive Care training series specifically for First Responders working in NKY and SW Ohio.  The 5-day training series, offered free under a HRSA grant received by MHA, is being followed by 12 hours of small group consultation from Fall 2022 to Spring 2023. Upon completion, participants will be eligible for Trauma-Responsive Care Certification. *If you are a First Responder and have interest in being in a future offering of this Series, please contact Brad McClain

Register Here

Listen to Cincinnati Police Dept. Lieutenant Chantia Miller’s Testimonial given at a City of Cincinnati meeting in June 

The Esteemed Trauma-Informed Care Learning Community is RETURNING to TTN with a Virtual Kickoff on 12/5/22!

TTN’s local Trauma-Informed Care Learning Community, now called the Trauma-Informed Resilience-Oriented Care (TIROC) Learning Community, in partnership with the National Council for Mental Wellbeing, is a unique offering in the tristate area. It will help guide your organization through a 12-month process of becoming more trauma-informed across a variety of domains. TTN has facilitated 4 cohorts of 32 agencies total in completing the Trauma-Informed Care Learning Community.  See below for more information and a list of Agency Graduates by year.


Trauma-Informed Care Learning Communityinformation sheet

National Council Seven Domains of Trauma-Informed Care
Seven Domains of Trauma-Informed Care for Trauma-Senstive Schools

12/2022-12/2023 Participating Agencies:

Found Village (OH)


Santa Maria Community Services (OH)

YES Home (IN)

2019-2020 Graduates 

Clermont County Board of Developmental Disabilities (OH)

Hamilton County Public Health (OH)

Mayerson Center for Safe and Healthy Children (OH)

Mental Health America of Northern KY and Southwest OH (KY/OH) 


Children, Inc. now Learning Grove (KY/OH)
Diocesan Catholic Children’s Home Center for Children and Families (KY)
Goshen Local School District (OH)
Northern Kentucky Community Action Commission (KY)
Wilmington City Schools (OH)


Beech Acres Parenting Center (OH)
Community Mental Health Center (IN)
Focus on Youth (OH)
Montgomery County Educational Service Center (OH)
Northern Kentucky Children’s Advocacy Center (KY)
Solutions Community Counseling and Recovery Center (OH)
Transitions, Inc. (KY)
Western Hills University High School (OH)

2016-2017 (see below)

Want to know more about the true impact of the Learning Community on our participating agencies?  Check out the Year End Summit Highlights Video below!  Also watch the video testimonials provided by three of the TIC Team Leaders using the link next to their agency name.

2016-2017 Learning Community Summit Highlights Video

BHN Alliance
Butler County Educational Services Center/Grant Early Learning Center
Catholic Charities Southwestern Ohio  Brian Wlodarczyk Testimonial
Center for Addiction Treatment  Michael Rosen Testimonial
Central Clinic Behavioral Health
Child Focus, Inc.
Family Nurturing Center
Greater Cincinnati Behavioral Health
Lighthouse Youth and Family Services
Positive Leaps  Sheree Lynch Testimonial
St. Joseph Orphanage
Talbert House
Women’s Crisis Center
Youth Encouragement Services, Inc.
YWCA of Greater Cincinnati


Thank you to our 2022-2023 All Year Training & Event Sponsor (this can be added to your regular membership)

Finding Hope Consulting, LLC (March 2021-April 2023 Sponsor)

We greatly appreciate the support of this agency founded by Mary Vicario, who has been a supporter of TTN from the beginning. This year Finding Hope added to their membership to become an All Year Training & Event Sponsor. Their additional contribution helps support all of our events.

Through lively and interactive training, Mary Vicario and Finding Hope addresses the gap in training available to communities by bringing neurobiology to life using common language and interventions for clinicians, caseworkers, birth and foster parents, developmental disabilities service providers, and others. In addition to training, Mary Vicario provides “theory to practice” consultation to help immediately apply your learning to daily interactions with those you serve. Finding Hope has strengthened a broad range of organizations with a focus on supporting underserved populations and creating trauma-responsive communities.