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Alternatives for Families A Cognitive Behavioral Therapy 2CE

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Course Description

This course requires the Participant to read and understand the attached article pertaining to alternatives for families: a cognitive-behavioral therapy (AF-CBT).  Children of families that experience conflict, coercion and/or physical abuse have a substantial risk of developing significant psychiatric, behavioral and adjustment difficulties.  AF-CBT is an evidence-supported treatment approach to that incorporates several behavioral and cognitive-behavioral methods in an effort to address this critical problem.


In Alternatives for Families: A Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (AF-CBT), Participants will first consider fundamental properties of AF-CBT, such as that it: reflects a comprehensive treatment strategy; integrates several therapeutic approaches; treats children and parents simultaneously; discourages aggressive or violent behavior; and tailors treatment to meet specific needs and circumstances.  Next, Participants will learn about AF-CBT treatment phases and the specific therapy elements unique to children, parents and families.  Additionally, Participants will look at target populations for AF-CBT and will also consider the limitations to its application.  Participants will consider the effectiveness of AF-CBT in outcomes studies and will also become familiar with its reputation amongst experts and agencies.  Finally, Participants will examine a number a factors that should be considered when choosing an AF-CBT therapist, in particular, Participants will study AF-CBT training and will review suggested questions to ask treatment providers 


This course is intended to provide child welfare professionals, mental health professionals and social workers with an overview of AF-CBT.

Approved by the Following State Boards
  • Florida Board of Clinical Social Work, Marriage and Family Counseling, and Mental Health Counseling (CE Broker #50-23449)

  • Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (License #197.000302)

  • Ohio Counselor, Social Worker, and Marriage and Family Therapist Board (CE Broker #50-23449)

  • South Carolina Board of Examiners for Licensure of Professional Counselors, Marriage and Family Therapists, Addiction Counselors, and Psycho-Educational Specialists (CE Broker #50-23449)

Learning Objectives
  • To understand the unique aspects of AF-CBT

  • To be aware of AF-CBT treatment phases and key components

  • To be familiar with which populations will best be served by AF-CBT

  • To explore the effectiveness of AF-CBT

  • To consider the important qualities AF-CBT therapists should possess

  • Read Alternative for Families: A Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (AF-CBT).  Child Welfare Information Gateway. Available online at 


You will be expected to review all materials provided and pass the poset-test with a minimum of 70%, in order to receive your certificate of completion.  You will also be required to complete a course evaluation.  Once you have satisfactorily completed the post-test and submitted your evaluation, your certificate will be emailed to you.

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