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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

DEC 6-8, 2017

DHS AF-CBT Training, Pittsburgh, PA.



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