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
Criteria for Certification as an AF-CBT Clinician
Mental health professionals who complete the AF-CBT training may be eligible for certification in AF-CBT if they meet the criteria listed below:
- Attend all scheduled days of an approved AF-CBT training program or, if only one day was missed, request/complete an option to meet this requirement as approved by the faculty.
- Attend >75% of all scheduled monthly consultation calls.
- Present twice on the consult calls.
- Submit at least 2 audio files for fidelity monitoring.
- Achieve 80% fidelity based on the content and process of AF-CBT on the 2 audio files.
- Demonstrate understanding of AF-CBT model/principles (80%) on a knowledge questionnaire.
- Complete at least 2 AF-CBT cases, which may be different than the ones in the audio files: