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AF-CBT and Smith CMH in Plantation, FL
The Family Strengthening Program at Smith Community Mental Health, funded by Children’s Services Council of Broward County, exclusively implements AF-CBT. Providing in-home therapeutic services designed to reduce child abuse and neglect, the program focuses on family conflict and child behavior problems with families that are at moderate to high risk of abuse and neglect. Maltreatment may have already occurred with many of the families participating in the program.
The most recent annual performance measures for the Family Strengthening Program demonstrate that 77% of parents with clinically significant parenting stress decreased their level of parenting stress, 92% of successfully completing families did not receive a verified abuse report within 6 months of program completion, and 84% of families improved family functioning.
In addition to the Program Manager working towards being an AF-CBT trainer, we are excited to have multiple clinicians applying for certification. Due to the success of implementing this model with our families, we are investing in becoming a primary source for AF-CBT in the Broward County Behavioral Health Community.
Contact Patrice S. Rotolo, LCSW, Program Manager, Family Strengthening, Smith Community Mental Health, 954-321-2296 ext229.
An updated overview of the model with a case example was recently published in a book edited by Susan Timmer and Anthony Urquiza. The book includes overviews of several treatment approaches.
David Kolko recently conducted an Advanced Training workshop for clinicians and caseworkers that was co-led with colleagues from the Kempe Center (Monica Fitzgerald Evelin Gomez, Laura Eccles) and Denver Department of Human Services (Francis Agyakwa, Lynn Ford). Supported in part by an ACYF-funded Trauma Informed Practices Initiative (Christina Little, PI), this 2-day follow-up event promoted discussions of the level of provider expertise and family progress achieved across the past year, novel procedures for promoting ongoing multidisciplinary team collaboration, and sustainability planning in the Denver community.
NCTSN All Network Meeting
David Kolko recently attended the NCTSN’s All Network Meeting in Falls Church, VA. He participated in the networking fair with colleagues Judy Cohen and Tony Mannarino from Allegheny General Hospital. He also chaired a workshop session on “Engaging caregivers at risk for physical abuse: Strategies for overcoming challenging behavior” that included colleagues Esther Deblinger and Beverly Funderburk.
March 3 - 5, 2014
Barbara Baumann, Ph.D., conducted an AF-CBT training in Los Angeles. Participants in this comprehensive AF-CBT training learned about the 3 Phases of AF-CBT (Engagement and Psychoeducation, Individual Skill-Building, and Family Applications). We had interesting discussions about discipline and aggression, and each person came away with his or her own example of a mildly distressing time they can share with clients to demonstrate the Reaction Triangle. Much time was spent watching live behavioral demonstrations and role playing skills, such as imaginal exposure, clarification, and emotion regulation. The group is excited to begin monthly consultations in April.
Barbara Baumann, Ph.D., recently conducted the annual Fall AF-CBT Training in Pittsburgh
NCTSN Bulletin August 2013
July 31, 2013
The August NCTSN Bulletin is now available.
APSAC 2013 Annual Colloquium
June 25 - 28, 2013
APSAC hosted its 2013 Annual Colloquium in Las Vegas, Nevada, June 25-28. David Kolko, PhD., and Elissa Brown, PhD. presented on State of the Art in Treatments for Child Physical Abuse: Parent-Child Interactive Therapy (PCIT), Alternatives for Families: A Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (AF-CBT), Multisystemic Threapy for Child Abuse and Neglect (MST-CAN).
David Kolko Presented on AF-CBT at 13th ESTSS Conference
June 7, 2013
David Kolko, Ph.D., ABPP: A National Learning Collaborative in AF-CBT: Lessons Learned and Recommendations. In B. Saunders (chair), Continuing to implement evidence-based trauma treatments: Lessons learned over the long-term. Paper presentation at the 13th ESTSS Conference "Trauma and its clinical pathways: PTSD and beyond" Bologna, Italy.
June 4, 2013
David Kolko, Ph.D., ABPP: An Overview of AF-CBT. In E. Caffo (chair), Treating trauma and PTSD in children and adolescents: an expert meeting. Modena, Italy: University of Modena and Reggio Emilia.
Naomi Perry Presented PCIT and AF-CBT in Child Welfare forum
May 29, 2013
Naomi Perry presented PCIT and AF-CBT before Washington Congressman Jim McDermott and California Congresswoman Karen Bass in a forum on Child Welfare to about 120 participants inclusive to Washington house representative Mary Lou Dickerson, Judges, Children's administration (CA) and many other community leaders in a Panel discussion. She was on panel one which looked at "Strategies to Implementing Culturally Competent Evidence Based Practices for Children and Families in Foster Care" while the second panel continued the EBP discussion and focused on "Psychiatric Medications - Appropriate and Inappropriate usage with Children and Youth in Foster Care". The second panel cited that children in foster care are medicated far more than children not in foster care and as young as 1 year when compared to same age children not in foster care.
Naomi Perry, MSW is Lead PCIT Coordinator for Harborview Center for Sexual Assault and Traumatic Stress, Seattle, WA
Ashley Judd featured luncheon speaker at Speaking of Children presented by Project Harmony
March 6, 2013
Actress, author, humanitarian and child abuse survivor Ashley Judd was the featured speaker at the Speaking of Children conference in Omaha, Nebraska on March 6, 2013 presented by Project Harmony.
Dr. Barbara Baumann to attend 8th Annual Pittsburgh Conference on Child Maltreatment At Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh UPMC
April 25 - 26, 2013
Dr. Barbara Baumann will be at the WPIC info table at the 8th annual Pittsburgh Conference on Child Maltreatment with information on AF-CBT and AF-CBT training.
Looking for an AF-CBT Therapist?
AF-CBT trainings were recently completed in Cleveland, OH, Los Angeles, CA, and Denver, CO. The comprehensive AF-CBT training collaboratives take place over 3-days and are designed for clinicians, supervisors, and administrators interested in implementing AF-CBT with their clients. The workshops combine didactic, interactive, and experiential learning to help professionals gain the knowledge and skills necessary to implement AF-CBT successfully. Each set of workshops is followed by one-year of case consultations, giving clinicians and supervisors the opportunity to ask questions and receive feedback while providing AF-CBT to families.
AF-CBT Training in Pittsburgh, Oct. 15-17, 2012
We recently concluded our 2nd annual Pittsburgh, PA 3-day workshop training utilizing Alternatives for Families: A Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (AF-CBT). This training was specifically designed for mental health practitioners providing treatment with families (caregivers and children) who are at risk for high conflict, coercion and/or physical discipline. 20 professionals from agencies around the United States participated in lively discussions, role plays, and skill building activities as part of the 3-day comprehensive training that starts of the AF-CBT learning collaborative. Training will continue with monthly consultation calls and reviews of audio files from clinicians’ therapy sessions. The AF-CBT trainer and trainees will collaborate to provide participants with the feedback necessary to implement this evidence-based practice with fidelity.
New AF-CBT Session Guide, 3rd edition
We are excited to announce the new AF-CBT Session guide, 3rd edition is now available for AF-CBT training.
AF-CBT Training in Pittsburgh, Oct. 15-17, 2012
We are announcing the opportunity for an intensive training, including 3-days of in-person training and a year-long clinical collaboration utilizing Alternatives for Families: A Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (AF-CBT). This training is specifically designed for mental health practitioners currently providing treatment with families (caregivers and children) who are at risk for high conflict, coercion and/or physical discipline. In order to best implement AF-CBT, we also recommend supervisors and agency administrators consider attending in order to support the use of AF-CBT in their organization.
For more details on the training, or to register today, review our training page.
Annual meeting of the National Children's Traumatic Stress Network
March 5 - 6, 2012
Evidence-Based Interventions for Child Physical Abuse and Family Conflict
Dr. David Kolko, Ph.D., ABPP
March 16, 2012
Florida International University's Center for Children and Families announced its Spring 2012 Speaker Series on Evidence-Based Interventions for Child Physical Abuse and Family Conflict.
AF-CBT site in NYC receives $1 Million Grant
March 16, 2011 (Update)
The Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention has funded an adaptation of AF-CBT as part of a multi-site, multi-million dollar grant at ten sites throughout the United States over the course of the next four years. As part of the national Safe Start Promising Approaches Initiative, these funds will be used for Project CONNECT, a community-based AF-CBT treatment program that will increase access to services for those in the Queens, NY area who have been exposed to violence. The project seeks to increase access to Latino, African American, and Caribbean victims of domestic and dating violence as well as those who have encountered physical abuse and assault. Project CONNECT is being conducted by the PARTNERS Program at St. John's University, under the leadership of Dr. Elissa Brown, Founder and Executive Director. Dr. Brown is a co-developer of the third edition (2011) of AF-CBT. She also is an AF-CBT faculty for the NCTSN Learning Collaborative.
AF-CBT Fall Training a Success
The AF-CBT training session held in Pittsburgh, PA in September was a success. Twenty-three people from all over the country traveled to Pittsburgh for the 3-day intensive in-person training. These participants will also be participating in a year-long clinical collaboration utilizing AF-CBT.
Participants for the 2011 NCTSN Learning Collaborative Selected
Participants have been selected and notified for the 2011 NCTSN Learning Collaborative. A full list of participants will be announced shortly. The first training will take place in Pittsburgh, PA on November 16, 2011.
AF-CBT was the only group to be selected by the National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN) from a final group of eight other child trauma interventions to participate in hosting this Learning Collaborative. The Learning Collaborative will be starting in November and training will conclude in July 2012.
The NCTSN was formed with a mission to raise the standard of care and improve access to services for traumatized children, their families and communities throughout the United States.
AF-CBT site in NY receives $1 Million Grant
March 16, 2011 (Update)
The Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention will fund an adaptation of AF-CBT as part of a multi-site, multi-million dollar grant at eight sites throughout the United States over the course of the next four years. As part of the national Safe Start Promising Approaches Initiative, these funds will be used to create Project CONNECT, a community-based AF-CBT treatment program that will increase access to services for those in the Queens, NY area who have been exposed to violence. The project seeks to increase access to victims of domestic and dating violence as well as those who have encountered physical and sexual assault.
Project CONNECT is led by Elissa Brown, Ph.D., executive director of the PARTNERS Program at St. John's University. In addition to Project CONNECT and PARTNERS, she is currently a collaborator in the continued development of AF-CBT as part of the upcoming NCTSN Learning Collaborative. Project CONNECT will continue to adapt AF-CBT to more specifically address the needs of Latino and African/Caribbean communities in Queens, NY.
New AF-CBT article in Child Abuse & Neglect
February 26, 2011
A new article, "Evaluation of the sustainability and clinical outcome of Alternatives for Families: A Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (AF-CBT) in a child protection center," is now available online from the Journal of Child Abuse & Neglect. This article will be published in a future issue of the Journal. Click here to view the abstract from this article.