IFCA provides opportunities for child welfare professionals in Japan and the U.S. to exchange knowledge and to collaborate with one another. IFCA plans and sponsors events for both countries’ professionals to deliver the best services for their child and adult clients.


The "Highlighted Programs" section discusses the selected services and programs.


In this website, IFCA also provides information on the ongoing and future “Collaborative Projects” between the US and Japan.


Collaborative Professional Projects

IFCA's Accomplishments on TF-CBT Dissemination in Japan

FCA was incorporated in July 2012 as a 501 (C) 3 organization with four board of directors with 20 years each of child welfare/child mental health experience. Despite its short history, IFCA has already made a remarkable achievement.


In November 2012, with help and support from our partner, Seeding Hope, a Tokyo-based non-profit organization, IFCA brought Dr. Monica Fitzgerald, the first US Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) trainer, to Japan and funded the University of Colorado trainer’s workshops in three cities. (Sendai, Tokyo and Wakayama)


For the last several years, Japanese professionals have studied TF-CBT from its American developers and tried to disseminate this treatment model. However, there have been many obstacles to achieve this goal. After the workshops, Dr. Monica Fitzgerald continues to provide televised consultation to many Japanese clinicians who have started utilizing TF-CBT with their child-abuse victim clients and the 2011 Tsunami disaster orphans in northern Japan.


Shannon Dorsey, Ph.D., is Associate Professor and Licensed Clinical Psychologist in the Department of Psychology at the University of Washington. Her research is on evidence-based treatments (EBT) for children and adolescents, with a particular focus on dissemination and implementation of EBT domestically and internationally.  Her work has often focused on Trauma-focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), with hybrid research designs that include both effectiveness and implementation questions. Research has focused on adaptation for unique populations (e.g., foster care) and on training and supervision strategies to deliver TF-CBT and other EBT. 

Dr. Monica Fitzgerald is an assistant professor at the Colorado University School of Medicine and the Training and Evaluation Director with the Child Trauma Program at the Kempe Center. Dr. Fitzgerald’s clinical and research interests focus on the impact of maltreatment and trauma exposure on children’s psychosocial and emotional adjustment and the implementation of evidence-based, trauma-focused interventions in community service settings. She maintains a clinical practice and provides trauma-focused treatment to adults, children and families who have experienced abuse and other trauma.

David Hong is a licensed clinical psychologist who has served children and families in community mental health for 17 years.  He is a faculty member at the Washburn Training Institute in Minneapolis, Minnesota where he trains clinicians in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. He is bilingual in English and Spanish, and currently in his private practice he focuses on the mental health needs of immigrants and refugees.

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