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What is "Alternatives For Professionals?"

Alternatives for Professionals (AFP) is designed to enhance the client relationship by focusing on skills to increase engagement and motivation among families and confidence and empathy among professionals. While working with AF-CBT trained therapists, a need was identified to train the professionals who support the work that therapists do with families.
AFP can be implemented by a range of professionals who do not hold an advanced degree in a mental health field, but do provide services through the mental health, child welfare, or juvenile justice system to children and families (e.g., caseworkers, case managers, foster care workers, wrap-around providers, home visitors, bachelor-level counselors)
The primary components of Alternatives for Professionals are: Decision Making, Emotion Regulation, Positive Parenting, and De-escalation. Each of these components offers professionals several alternatives to enhance the client-worker alliance.
AFP is a great way to involve case managers and case workers in the care of families. By training therapists in AF-CBT and case managers in AFP, the family can receive a continuum of care based on one model of service.
While AF-CBT is a manual-based mental health treatment, AFP provides professionals with information on key components they can use to facilitate services. AFP is trauma-informed and appropriate for many different providers working with children and families.
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California Multi-Agency 2014 Training

Dr. Barbara Baumann recently completed an initial 3-day AF-CBT training in Compton, CA. Clinicians attended from around Los Angeles and Fresno, representing 4 agencies committed to using AF-CBT with their clients. We are excited to have so many agencies who enroll new staff in AF-CBT trainings each year.

Kempe Center/Denver AF-CBT Learning Community

Monica Fitzgerald and David Kolko recently completed the basic training for a second cohort of clinicians in the Denver, Colorado region, and coordinated by Christina Little and Evelin Gomez of the Kempe Center with supporting funds from an ACYF grant.

Project Harmony/Nebraska AF-CBT Learning Community

Project Harmony, a CAC in Omaha, Nebraska, recently hosted a learning community in AF-CBT for clinicians from several agencies around the state. This picture includes many of the clinicians and supervisors who participated in the training. Their stunning building complements their highly effective efforts to promote access to high quality services for children and youth.

Allegheny County, PA AF-CBT Training

Dr. Kolko recently completed a training in AF-CBT for practitioners from several community agencies that was sponsored by the Department of Human Services of Allegheny County (Pittsburgh, PA).


Japanese Language Manual Now Available

We would like to thank Mineko Inuduka and her staff at the Institute of Counseling at Taisho University for translating our handouts and session guide into Japanese. Both the Japanese handouts and session guide can be found in the Downloads section available to AF-CBT trainees.

Foster Care Materials Available

New foster care materials are now available for download for current AF-CBT clinicians. Contact us for access to the Downloads section of the site.

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Calendar of Events


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MAR 5-6, 2015

AFP training, Illinois 2nd Circuit Court, Mt. Vernon, IL.


MAR 25, 2015

Advanced AF-CBT training, Harborview Center, Seattle, WA.


APR 9, 2015

AFP training, Family Works/New Hope, Indianapolis, IN.


APR 14, 2015

Dr. David Kolko will present a paper at the BAPSCAN Conference, Edinburgh, Scotland


APR 24, 2015

Dr. David Kolko presents an overview of AF-CBT. Spring Psych TLC Conference for MH Professionals, Little Rock, AR.


APR 29, 2015

Advanced AF-CBT training, Project Harmony, Omaha, NE.


MAY 18-20, 2015

Annual AF-CBT Spring Training, Pittsburgh, PA.