AF-CBT Learning Collaborative in Washington State

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

The UW Evidence-Based Practice Institute supported an AF-CBT training on July 21-23, 2014 for mental health agencies throughout Washington State. AF-CBT is an intervention that helps families and their children ages 5-17 when there has been violence in the family. It is intended to improve the relationship between the child and caregiver, strengthen healthy parenting practices, enhance children’s coping and social skills, maintain family safety, and reduce coercive processes, physical force, and child physical abuse.

This training was co-facilitated by David Kolko, Ph.D. from the University of Pittsburg School of Medicine and Naomi Perry, MSW from Harborview Center for Sexual Assault and Traumatic Stress. A total of 25 practitioners from 9 different agencies across the state participated in the training and will be a part of a yearlong learning collaborative to support the successful implementation and sustainment of AF-CBT within their agencies.

The goal is to increase  access to AF-CBT for families that are experiencing conflict, coercion and/or physical abuse by investing in our State’s workforce to be able to deliver this service with quality and fidelity.  

To learn more about AF-CBT, please visit:  http://www.afcbt.org/