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Who is Appropriate for AF-CBT?


AF-CBT is appropriate for a broad range of families. The following general criteria have been developed to facilitate the identification of families who may benefit from this intervention.


  • A child, age 5-17, can participate now or soon
  • A caregiver (e.g., biological, adoptive, foster, or kin) can participate now or soon
  • Both caregiver and child have an adequate capacity or repertoire to learn/benefit from AF-CBT


  • The Family has frequent conflict(s) and/or arguments OR
  • A Caregiver shows anger (hostility), uses physical force/discipline (coercion), and/or has allegation/history of child physical abuse OR
  • A Child shows anger, has behavior problems (e.g., defiance, aggression, explosiveness), has trauma symptoms/PTSD after physical discipline/abuse, and/or has prior exposure to harsh discipline/physical abuse

A case is eligible is ALL 3 Background Criteria and 1 Clinical Criterion are met.

For a more complete description of AF-CBT eligibility criteria, please click here.


Prospective AF-CBT trainees must be mental health professionals with a Master's degree or higher. We ask that each trainee commit to implementing AF-CBT with at least 2 families during the course of the year.

AF-CBT should be conducted by individuals who have been formally trained in the model and who are familiar with the content, methods, assessments, and fidelity tools that are required to ensure effective administration of this approach.


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AF-CBT Trainings

March 2023 Remote Training

Baumann, Kolko

Mar 14, 21, 23, 28, 2023


June 2023 Remote Training

Baumann, Kolko, Cleary
Jun 8, 13, 20, 21, 2023


AF-CBT Training for NC Clinicians

Pre-Training Call:
Sep 5, 10AM-12PM EDT
Sep 11-12, 18-19, 2023


November 2023 Remote Training

Baumann, Kolko
Nov 28, 29, Dec 4, 5, 2023


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Alternatives for Professionals is designed for professionals who do not provide direct counseling services to families.


April 2023 Remote AFP Training

Apr 13, 17, 2023


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APSAC Mental Health Section Meeting
FEB 7, 2023
12-1pm on Zoom

Dr. Baumann will be providing an overview of AF-CBT. Interested mental health professionals should contact


NCA Leadership Conference: United for Kids
JUN 6, 2023

Dr. Kolko will be presenting a workshop, "Helping Families Involved in Conflict and Coercion using AF-CBT". Interested mental health professionals should check the NCA website for updates.