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AF-CBT Training Program: Learning Community

Training Model as of July 15, 2016


6-12 months before training

  1. Agency representative completes an AF-CBT training request.
  2. AF-CBT trainer contacts Agency to discuss contents of training request, structure of requested training.
  3. Agreement is drafted to formalize requested training (e.g., training dates, number of participants, consultation structure).


2 months before training

  1. Agency readiness calls to prepare program, leadership team, staff, and stakeholders.
  2. Trainees complete pre-training survey, watch orientation videos and complete quizzes.
  3. Review of trainee pre-training evaluation and agency metrics (online reports).
  4. Development of training materials (slides) and exercises tailored to agency/population.
  5. Delivery of AF-CBT session guides (manual, handouts) and assessment tools.


  1. Basic Training workshop/experiential seminar on the use of AF-CBT (2.5 days)
  2. Advanced Training workshop, 6 months later (1/2 or full day; live or via web)
  3. Case consultation calls with trainer (12-18 calls in 6-12 months) with 2 case presentations by each trainee
  4. Fidelity monitoring feedback based on trainer reviews of digital audio files uploaded by each trainee to our secure website (2 files submitted/trainee).
  5. Online access to the trainer for Q&A and to website for updated materials, staff support for online infrastructure and conference call system
  6. Supervisor-only calls to promote AF-CBT supervision and use (4-6 calls)

PERFORMANCE REVIEW (at end of training)

  1. Completion of post-training survey and agency metrics.
  2. Review of staff eligibility for Clinician Certification program with trainer
  3. Program data summary of trainee and agency metrics evaluation (follow-up)


  1. Interested clinicians who meet initial eligibility criteria after training can apply to be  considered for the voluntary AF-CBT Clinician Certification program.  For information on requirements and costs, see the Certification page.
  2. All trainer travel costs are an additional expense (e.g., transportation, lodging, meals, etc.).  

OPTIONAL SUPERVISOR/LEADERSHIP TRAINING (for supervisors & program manager only):

Year 2: Personalized Training/Consultation in AF-CBT Supervision Skills

  1. Advanced supervisor training: Brief discussions/seminars to promote ongoing supervisory competence in and program sustainability of AF-CBT
  2. Supervisor consultation calls: Individual phone calls, as needed
  3. “Ask the Trainer” electronic message board and e-mail contact: Access to AF-CBT treatment team via the website and to the trainer via e-mail.


Our training programs have been designed to help professionals accomplish their specific clinical and therapeutic goals:

  1. To learn and practice basic AF-CBT content, with an emphasis on mastering the skills involved in all 3 phases of treatment (Engagement, Skill Building, Family Applications) for use with a broad array of children, caregivers, and families.
  2. To competently apply and deliver treatment using AF-CBT, including the administration of focused clinical content and skills training processes. To incorporate expert feedback about performance as a supplement to ongoing supervision.
  3. (Optional, Additional Training) To help interested practitioners learn how to teach AF-CBT to other professionals.
  4. To develop skills within a trauma-informed framework to meet the needs of children and families in the child welfare, mental health, and juvenile justice systems.


Calendar of Events

JAN 23 - JAN 24, 2017

Second Learning Session for Project BEST in South Carolina, Columbia, SC.
Includes several experts from the Medical University of South Carolina, Low Country Children's Center, and the AF-CBT faculty leadership team.

JUN 5 - JUN 7, 2017

Pittsburgh Spring Training, Pittsburgh, PA. Click here for more info.

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