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What is Expected of Practitioners?
These are the general skills and approaches expected of practitioners when employing AF-CBT techniques
In implementing AF-CBT, practitioners are expected to:
- Develop a strong therapeutic relationship. This is a critical element of the AF-CBT model
- Incorporate the unique needs and characteristics of each child, parent, and family into each topic and skill presented
- Enlist the client as a full partner in setting treatment goals
- Apply AF-CBT flexibly to permit individualized clinical adaptations
- Adapt the duration of AF-CBT treatment to meet families’ needs
- Address crises that arise during treatment, while maintaining an appropriate focus on children’s abuse-related symptoms
- Integrate AF-CBT into other long-term treatments for children who have been abused
- Consider applying AF-CBT techniques and concepts to target the problems of unsupportive, overwhelmed and multi-problem families
When preparing for a session using AF-CBT techniques, practitioners typically:
- Determine the session topic
- Read over the few pages in the Session Guide for the chosen topic
- Copy any Supplemental Handouts that are appropriate
During an AF-CBT session, practitioners typically:
- Build on existing client relationships
- Keep in mind long-term goals while addressing weekly crises
- Work in partnership with the client
- When helpful, provide clients with worksheets or handouts
- Determine with the clients what work the clients can do in between sessions to strengthen their targeted skills
General Criteria for AF-CBT Training Completion:
Mental health professionals who complete the AF-CBT training may be eligible to begin the certification process in AF-CBT if they meet the criteria listed below:
- Complete pre-training and post-training assessments provided by the trainer. The pre-training assessment must be completed before the beginning of the first day of the basic training session.
- Participate in all scheduled launch or preparation/readiness activities
- Attend all scheduled training days of the basic training program
- Deliver treatment including content from all 3 phases of the AF-CBT model to at least 2 families.
- Participate in all consultation calls to receive feedback from consultants to supplement supervision and enhance ability to adapt materials. Trainees participating in less than 75% of consultation calls are not eligible for training completion.
- Present on 2 different cases during consultation period
- Submit 2 audio-recorded samples of treatment using AF-CBT to obtain initial clinical and implementation feedback during a consultation call.