Definition: AF-CBT represents an approach to working with physically abused children and their offending caregivers that incorporates therapeutic principles/procedures from several areas, included learning/behavioral theory, family-systems, cognitive therapy, and developmental victimology. Modalities of treatment have included parallel individual and family sessions.

Focus: Physical abuse or exposure to harsh/excessive punishment/discipline. Emotional abuse/verbal aggression, physical aggression or family conflict/coercion.

Intended Client Ages: Children ages 5-17, along with a caregiver (offending or non-offending)

Length Of Treatment: 12-24 sessions over 3-6 months

Therapist Training:

  • PLMHP, PCMSW, LMHP, LIMHP, LCSW, Psych, etc
  • Complete pre-training online assessment
  • Participate in all scheduled trainings
  • Participate in 75% of consultation calls, presenting on 2 cases during consultation and also submit audio files for 2 cases
  • Complete post-training online assessment (80% or higher)
  • Complete 2 AF-CBT cases and submit case completion verification forms
  • Developer time frame for trainings and consultation calls is 1 year. Test and case completion are after 1 year.
  • 5 year renewal period

Summary: AF-CBT represents an approach to working with physically abused children and their offending caregivers that incorporates therapeutic principles/procedures from several areas, included learning/behavioral theory, family-systems, cognitive therapy, and developmental victimology.