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About AF-CBT


For a complete overview of AF-CBT, please see our overview.

Alternatives for Families: A Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (AF-CBT) is a trauma-informed, evidence-based intervention designed to improve the relationship between children and their caregivers by addressing individual and family problems relating to: 

  • Frequent family conflicts   
  • Behavior problems, including physical aggression
  • Anger and verbal aggression, including emotional abuse
  • Harsh physical discipline, physical aggression, or child physical abuse
  • Child trauma-related symptoms secondary to any of the above

Any and all of these patterns above may be demonstrated by an individual caregiver or a child/adolescent, but they may also characterize the interactions of the entire family.   Accordingly, AF-CBT targets caregiver and child/adolescent characteristics, and the larger family context. 

AF-CBT training requires a MS/MA degree or higher. Alternatives for Professionals (AFP), based on AF-CBT (Alternatives for Families: a Cognitive Behavioral Therapy), is designed to cover key skill components that can be taught by a range of professionals who do not provide direct counseling services to families, such as case workers, case managers, foster care workers, wrap-around providers, home visitors, and other professionals. AFP introduces and reinforces skills for engaging with families involved with the mental health, juvenile justice, or child welfare system.

For more information about AFP, contact Barbara Baumann, Ph.D. by email or by phone at (412) 246-5887.

 

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Calendar of Events

 

Trainings

 

JAN 14-16, 2019
LA Multi-agency AF-CBT Training

Los Angeles, CA.

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FEB 18-20, 2019
Starlight Community Services AF-CBT Training

San Jose, CA.

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APR 30-MAY 2, 2019
Pittsburgh AF-CBT Fall Training 2019

Pittsburgh, PA

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Presentations

 

JAN 30, 2019
34th ANNUAL SAN DIEGO INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON CHILD AND FAMILY MALTREATMENT

San Diego, CA.
Dr. David Kolko will present a paper on trauma screening and integrated health care models in primary care.
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MARCH 8, 2019
NAMI Annual Child and Adolescent Mental Heatlh Conference

Coraopolis, PA.
Dr. Barbara Baumann will present on AF-CBT.
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