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What Models/Approaches Have Been Incorporated in AF-CBT?

Consistent with other cognitive-behavioral approaches, AF-CBT includes procedures that target three related ways (“channels”) in which people respond to different circumstances:

  • Cognition (thinking)
  • Affect (feeling)
  • Behavior (doing)


We use the "ABC" model to help understand an individual's unique ways of responding to a particular situation or event.




It is important to point out that the content of AF-CBT is used to target these response channels based on principles and techniques from several models and perspectives. AF-CBT combines elements drawn from:

  • Cognitive therapy, which aims to change behavior by addressing a person’s thoughts or perceptions, particularly those thinking patterns that create distorted views
  • Behavioral and learning theory, which focuses on modifying habitual responses (e.g., anger, fear) to identified situations or stimuli
  • Family therapy, which examines patterns of interactions among family members in order to identify and alleviate problems, and strategies to help reframe how problems are viewed.
  • Developmental victimology, which describes how the specific sequelae of exposure to traumatic or abusive experiences may vary for children at different developmental stages and across the lifespan
  • Psychology of aggression, which describes the processes by which aggression and coercion develop and are maintained, which can help to understand one’s history as both a contributor to and victim of aggressive behavior.

Calendar of Events

FEB 1, 2018

32nd Annual San Diego International Conf. on Child and Family Mal-
treatment. Presented by the Chadwick Center for Children and Families at Rady Children's Hospital - San Diego.


APR 6, 2018

Dr. Baumann will be presenting on AF-CBT at the 8th Annual Evidence-Based Practices Symposium: Building Lives Beyond Trauma. California Institute for Behavioral Health Solutions, Sacramento, CA.


MAY 1-3, 2018

AF-CBT 2 1/2 day Comprehensive Training. University Club, Pittsburgh, PA 15213.


JUN 18, 2018

Dr. Baumann will be presenting on AF-CBT. Clinical and Forensic Psychology Service (CFPS) Rehabilitation and Protection Group (RPG) Ministry of Social and Family Development (MSF) Singapore.


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