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Spring 2024 Virtual Training- Alternatives for Families: A Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

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Alternatives For Families: A Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy:

Alternatives for Families: A Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (AF-CBT) is a trauma-informed, evidence-based treatment (EBT) designed to improve the relationships among youth and caregivers in families. AF-CBT uses a comprehensive approach that targets the risks for conflict and coercion and the clinical consequences of exposure.  AF-CBT is applicable for a broad range of families. A family with any of the following may be eligible for AF-CBT:

  • A family or caregiver and child who experience frequent conflicts, arguments, angry feelings, or explosiveness.
  • A caregiver who uses or has used harsh physical force or discipline, or worries about doing something that could injure/hurt a child, or has a history of physical or emotional abuse involving one of his/her children.
  • A child (5-17 years old) who exhibits challenging behaviors such as not listening, fighting, hard to manage, or who shows trauma symptoms (e, g., post-traumatic stress) related to interpersonal trauma.

Many eligible families who receive AF-CBT also experience other challenges such as living in different residences, domestic disputes, substance use, incarceration, and/or prior traumatic experiences. For a complete overview of AF-CBT, please see the overview on the AF-CBT website:

Benefits of AF-CBT:

  • Strengthened relationships and safety routines through coordinated, structured training 
  • Improved communication & problem solving skills 
  • Help for parents in supporting & disciplining children 
  • Help for children in managing difficult emotions & responding to interpersonal challenges

Learning Objectives:

With AF-CBT training, participants will be able to:

  • Identify families appropriate for AF-CBT
  • Administer, score, & interpret standardized measures appropriate for AF-CBT & provide feed-back to families based on the results
  • Use functional behavioral analysis & integrate these findings in AF-CBT treatment planning & delivery
  • Educate caregivers & youth to overcome barriers to treatment participation
  • Incorporate into treatment the history, culture, needs, and developmental capacities of the child or caregiver being served

Virtual Training Includes:

  • Expert instruction in an evidence-based, family-centered, trauma-focused treatment
  • 4 half days (16 hours) of initial virtual training and role-play in an evidence-based, family-centered, trauma-focused treatment
  • Monthly 1-hour clinical consultation calls for 12 months
  • 1-2 hours of advanced virtual training 6 months after initial training
  • Q&A by e-mail
  • Detailed feedback of submitted session audio
  • Access to AF-CBT resources like assessment scoring applications, extra handouts, and more 

Evidence for AF-CBT:

After receiving AF-CBT, parents have reported less child-to-parent and parent-to-child violence, children have shown fewer externalizing symptoms and improved social competence, and families have reported less conflict and more cohesion. Other outcomes include greater perceptions of child safety, lowering risk for child physical abuse and repeated abuse. The program is rated as promising. (

About the Trainers:

Dr. Fitzgerald is a Senior Research Associate and licensed clinical psychologist at the Institute of Behavioral Science at the University of Colorado, Boulder. Dr. Fitzgerald is a certified, expert trainer in AF-CBT and TF-CBT. She regularly conducts trainings and provides consultation for these models nationally and internationally.

For more information about Dr. Fitzgerald or the Center For Resilience and Well-Being, please visit:

Training Schedule & Location:

Monday, April 22, 2024: 8:30am - 12:00pm MOUNTAIN TIME

Wednesday, April 24, 2024: 8:30am - 1:30pm MOUNTAIN TIME

Monday, April 29, 2024: 8:30am - 12:30pm MOUNTAIN TIME

Thursday, May 2, 2024: 8:30am - 12:00pm MOUNTAIN TIME

Six month follow-up advanced training date to be determined.

Prepare for Training:

To prepare for AF-CBT training, participants must:

• Complete the Pre-Training Assessment form, which can be found at:

• Complete the Pre-Training Orientation videos and quizzes at this link under "Overview and Fundamentals Course." You will need to create an account with NCTSN:

To download Zoom free of charge, please visit:

Registration Fee:

Registration for training and consultation costs $1,250.00 per participant.  AF-CBT training is for mental health professionals with a Master's degree or higher. If you are enrolled in a Master's program as a student, see discount below. We also offer discounts for Early Career.

  • Students- students may attend the AF-CBT training and consultation for $725.00 with proof of current student ID or transcript. To request this rate please contact Natalie Blunt by email at 
  • Early Career (you've graduated with your Master's in the past 2 years)- early career professionals may attend the AF-CBT training and consultation for $1100.00 with proof of graduation (e.g. diploma).  To request this rate please contact Natalie Blunt by email at 
  • Groups: 10% discount for groups of 10 or more. If you are interested in registering a group of 10 or more clinicians for this training, please contact Natalie Blunt by email at 

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