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Fall 2015 AF-CBT Training

The AF-CBT team is once again hosting its annual Fall Training at the University Club in Pittsburgh, PA on November 9th-11th. If your agency wishes to train a few practitioners in AF-CBT, but not enough to warrant ordering a training to be held onsite near you, our annual Fall Training might be just the ticket: attendees will participate in a 3-day intensive basic training program, 12 clinical consultation calls, and a 1-day advanced training, all for $1,500 per person. Participants who register before September 1st will receive an “Early Bird” discount of $200. Click here for more information....

Dr. David Kolko to present on AF-CBT at Greater Pittsburgh Psychological Association 2015 Networking and Educational Fair

Dr. David Kolko will present a workshop on AF-CBT at the Greater Pittsburgh Psychological Association 2015 Networking and Educational Fair on Friday, September 25, 2015 at PNC Park.
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AF-CBT Training, Savio House, Denver, CO.

Savio House (Denver, CO) completed a training with 16 clinical and administrative staff. AF-CBT will be their tenth evidence-base practice to further serve families with high conflict and aggression, a major issue for many of their families. As noted by Julia Roguski (Director, child protection team), "AF CBT will improve our service continuum and help us improve outcomes for families."

Spanish Language AF-CBT Manual In Development

Translation of the AF-CBT manual into Spanish is now in progress. Thanks to Eunice Torres, Samantha Walker, Rosa Izquierdo, Liliana Baylon, and Claudia Valadez for their contributions to this project. Check back for updates.

Dr. Kolko Presents Overview of AF-CBT

Dr. David Kolko recently presented an overview of AF-CBT to managers, supervisors, care coordinators, and providers attending the quarterly Behavioral Health and Rehabilitation Services Summit sponsored by Value Behavioral Health of Pennsylvania in Mercer and Greensburg, PA. The session was moderated by Dr. Lisa Kugler, Vice President of Clinical Services.

Dr. Olga Berkout Presents Poster at Research Day

Dr. Olga Berkout presented a poster showing the impact of caregiver dysfunction on parent-to-child aggression at the 15th annual Research Day sponsored by the Department of Psychiatry, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. This research study examined clinical variables characterizing physically aggressive or abusive caregivers and tested a model of negative affect dysfunction in child directed aggression. We found that aggressive parents reported more drug use and poorer parenting. Support for our model was obtained and parenting stress was found to have indirect effects on child directed aggression through negative affect and positive parenting behavior.

AF-CBT Now On CEBC Website

Alternatives for Families-A Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is now live on the CEBC programs registry website under the new topic area, Interventions for Abusive Behavior. Click here for more information....

Spring 2014 Training Group Update

Congratulations to the Pittsburgh Spring 2014 AF-CBT Training Group! These 10 amazing clinicians and supervisors recently completed their year-long AF-CBT training with a high level of enthusiasm and expertise. This consultation group was marked by a high level of attendance, no turnover, and submission of audio recordings by 100% of participants. We look forward to hearing about the successes they have with their clients and the many ways in which they will add to the best practices in AF-CBT.

NCTSN May 2015 eBulletin

The May issue of the NCTSN eBulletin is now available. Click here for more information....

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. Click here for more information....

California Multi-Agency 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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SEP 28-29, 2015

AF-CBT Training, St. John's University, New York, NY


SEP 30, 2015

National Symposium on Juvenile Services Workshop - Engaging Agressive Youth: Key Skills for Success. Dr. Barbara Baumann, Pittsburgh, PA


OCT 20-22, 2015

California Multi-Agency AF-CBT Training, Los Angeles, CA.


OCT 26-28, 2015

AF-CBT Training, Children's Home Society of Missouri, St. Louis, MO.


NOV 9-11, 2015

Pittsburgh Fall AF-CBT Training, Pittsburgh, PA.