About

Our mission at the Center for Family Based Training is to promote high quality, evidence-informed family based interventions for children and adolescents with emotional problems and their multi-stressed families. There are two pathways for behavioral health professionals to access our continuing education offerings. One is through our online continuing education program. The other is through our live, on-site FBMHS training with behavioral health agencies contracted with us. Our live, on-site training involves individually tailored workshops, case consultations, extended courses, and technical assistance. We are an approved sponsor of continuing education programs for psychologists, social workers, marriage and family therapists, and professional counselors.

Online Continuing EducationOpen to All Behavioral Health Professionals

The Center for Family Based Training has developed a library of online mini-courses as a convenient way for busy front-line practitioners to strengthen the conceptual foundation for their clinical work.  Our mini-courses are designed to enrich and complement, rather than replace, the training that behavioral health providers receive from ongoing face-to-face clinical supervision and case consultations.

Our courses are unique in the world of online training. One, we are a niche training facility. Our entire library of courses is designed specifically for behavioral health professionals dedicated to working in the community with children and adolescents who have serious emotional problems, and their families.  Two, all of our faculty are practitioners, so we are able to keep our courses sharply focused on “the essentials” most translatable to applied clinical practice.  Three, as experienced clinical educators, our faculty know how important it is that information be interesting and engaging. Our courses chunk information into short, digestible webinars that contain a variety of visuals, and include clinical examples to demonstrate concepts.  in addition to webinars, there are pertinent readings and links to related material available on the web, such as podcasts, TED Talks, and YouTube videos.

Read more about our online continuing education program here.

Family Based Mental Health Services (FBMHS) TrainingFor Pennsylvania Contracted Agencies Only

The Center for Family Based Training is one of three state-approved training centers offering training and consultation in Eco-Systemic Structural Family Therapy (ESFT ), the clinical model that informs the Pennsylvania FBMHS program.  With the exception of a few annual workshops, FBMHS training is only open to behavioral health professionals currently employed in agencies contracted with us for the year.  We currently host four regional training sites, which include Colmar, Lebanon, Mt. Gretna and Harrisburg.

The Center for Family Based Training provides a dual curriculum that is designed to meet the regulatory requirements of the Children’s Bureau – one directed at supervisors (30 hours per year) and one directed at front-line therapists (85 hours per year).  Supervision training is comprised of small group supervision of supervision, individual consultation, and access to online webinars that provide conceptual foundations. Training for front-line therapists involves a combination of live training, online courses, and case consultations using videotaped treatment sessions.

Systems Consultation & Training

The Center for Family Based Training regularly contracts with behavioral health agencies, prevention programs, and behavioral health management organizations interested in incorporating a family-centered, eco-systemic approach into service delivery.  This has involved Pennsylvania programs such as Early Head Start, Behavioral Health Rehabilitation Services and Summer Therapeutic Alternative Programs.   Our faculty collaborate with clinical leaders in these agencies to develop a cost-effective strategy for increasing the capacity of staff to provide high-quality, evidence informed family based interventions. If you are interested in this training, contact us for more information.                                                          

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