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AF-CBT Session Guide

Only available to those enrolled in a training group

An effort has been made to prepare the Session Guide in a format that can be used efficiently by a broad range of clinicians varying in orientation, experience, and comfort during AF-CBT sessions.  The material is divided into three areas:

  1. fundamental skills or issues that may need to be addressed either during each session or at any time they become relevant during treatment, including potential and ongoing clinical or management concerns (e.g., escalation in hostility, safety planning);
  2. specific topics (primary clinical content) that are taught and reviewed in a given session or visit, and
  3. handouts and worksheets designed to support each topic. 

There are 17 specific topics that constitute the primary clinical content in this Session Guide.  To help the clinicians recall these various topic names, we have created an acronym that incorporates the names of the primary topics in this session guide.  The first letter of each of the primary topics combines to spell out the word “ALTERNATIVES”, as depicted in the table of contents.  Each topic is comprised of the following materials:


  1. a 1-page “Topic at a Glance”, which briefly outlines the key content, structure, and materials designed to address that particular theme;
  2. a brief “Background” rationale describing the overall purpose of that topic;
  3. the full “Topic Content” consisting of a description and some examples of the key themes and activities used to present the material, including relevant exercises, caveats about specific issues that might arise during training, and general recommendations; and
  4. “Home Practice” assignments for the next session.  Each topic is numbered and labeled to reflect its primary content.

In terms of formatting and organization, each topic includes a few key tasks designed to facilitate delivery of the material. Each task includes specific instructions for the clinician, some suggested verbatim statements (highlighted in italics), and notes for the clinician that reflect points of decision making or caution.  

Other Materials

Other materials are available for use, including flyers and brochures for families who may be considered for AF-CBT or for community stakeholders/partners, clinical assessment materials, and practice checklists for monitoring treatment delivery and fidelity.

  • Overview of AF-CBT Alternatives
  • AF-CBT Collaborative Change Framework
  • Evaluation of the sustainability and clinical outcome of Alternatives for Families: A Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (AF-CBT) in a child protection center
  • Treatment Research on AF-CBT
  • AF-CBT Spring Training 2015 flyer
  • Uploading Audio Files
  • AF-CBT Agency Metrics Summary
  • Treatment Research on AF-CBT
  • AF-CBT Flyer for Families
  • AF-CBT Flyer for Interested Clinicians
  • AF-CBT Brochure
  • Screening and Assesment Measures for Use in AF-CBT [pdf +doc]
  • Screen for AF-CBT Family Eligibility
  • Foster Care Phone Screen
  • Alabama Parenting Questionnaire
  • Brief Child Abuse Potential Inventory
  • Child PTSD Symptom Scale and Trauma Screen
  • Strengths and Difficulties Questionnaire
  • AF-CBT Flyer for Families
  • AF-CBT Flyer for Interested Clinicians
  • AF-CBT Brochure
  • AF-CBT Session Guide
  • AF-CBT Topics at a Glance
  • AF-CBT with Foster Parents Issues and Guidelines
  • AF-CBT Japanese Session Guide
  • AF-CBT 3rd Edition English Handouts
  • ABC Model
  • ABC Model Pathway
  • Reaction Triangle
  • Caregiver Weekly Safety Check-In
  • Child Weekly Safety Check-In
  • AF-CBT 3rd Edition Japanese Handouts
  • AF-CBT 3rd Edition Spanish Handouts
  • English Laminates
  • Spanish Laminates
  • Japanese Laminates
  • AF-CBT Topic and Task Checklist
  • Audio Recording Consent Template
  • AF-CBT Treatment Plan Template
  • AF-CBT Case Consultation Call Structure
  • AF-CBT Case Consultation Presentation and Feedback From


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