Alternatives for Families: A Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (AF-CBT) is an evidence-based treatment designed to improve the relationships between children and caregivers in families involved in arguments, frequent conflict, physical force/discipline, or child physical abuse. This 4-part course provides an orientation to AF-CBT that is intended to provide an introduction to the model for clinicians who wish to learn more about it. It also serves as a pre-requisite for more intensive in-person training in AF-CBT. For those who are interested in continuing education and/or advancing to further training in AF-CBT, each of the 4 parts of the course can be taken for continuing education credit.

Learners who complete all 4 parts of the course (and pass the post-tests) will earn an AF-CBT badge that becomes part of their permanent profile on the Learning Center. If you are completing the course as a prerequisite to an in-person training, it is required that you complete the post-tests and receive the badge.

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This presentation provides a basic introduction to AF-CBT, as well as an introduction to the theories behind AF-CBT and how the different components of the model fit together. The presentation also describes the research support for AF-CBT.

This presentation provides a primer on Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), beginning with an overview of the theories behind CBT and an introduction to case conceptualization and assessment. Components of CBT that are used throughout the AF-CBT intervention are also described.

This presentation describes eligibility criteria that can be used to determine whether a family is appropriate for AF-CBT and the role of clinical assessment in AF-CBT, including recommended instruments. A case example is also provided.

This presentation introduces some of the fundamental skills in AF-CBT, and some techniques are demonstrated. The presentation also explains how to sequence AF-CBT with other EBPs and provides an overview of the AF-CBT training and consultation model. The presentation concludes with an educational video on the hope of evidence-based interventions for child physical abuse.