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ABFT Online University Graduate Student Training Program

Brief Course - Registration now open!

General Information to Professors

The ABFT Training Program now offers a fully supported University curriculum for a professor to teach a 9 to 11-hour module of ABFT in a university course or as an extracurricular program. A professor and at least 7 students register for the program and we supply all the materials listed below.

  • Streaming access to 6 lectures by Drs. Diamond and Levy
  • Live Q &A with ABFT Treatment Developers
  • Streaming access to 7 video tapes recordings of therapy sessions demonstrating the essential ABFT skills & teaching guide for professors
  • Student Clinical Manual
  • ABFT Selected Published Works Packet
  • Instructor manual with role-play activity suggestions (optional)
  • Student and Faculty Evaluations
  • Certificate of Completion for Students (must pass post-test at 80%)

Course Description

This 9-11 hour program is equivalent to the 1-day/Day one ABFT Introductory Workshop. It is designed to be used in the following ways: embedded in a semester course, outside of the curriculum as a special training, summer intensive or other short programing material.

Details About the Course

  1. Total time is approximately 9-11 hours. The variation in time depends on how many times the therapy videos are reviewed and if role play exercises are utilized.
  2. A professor proctors the course. This includes organizing students and location, verifying student attendance, running technology.
  3. The professor facilitates the class sessions which entails showing the 6 pre-recorded lectures (40-60 minutes long).
  4. Professors facilitate a review of 7, 6-8 minute recorded ABFT therapy excerpts for each task (time to review excerpts is 30-50 minutes). A training manual is provided which highlights essential ABFT principles and strategies demonstrated in the therapy session recording excerpts.
  5. The ABFT Training Program provides one “live” Q & A session with an ABFT Treatment Developer during the course via web conferencing. Students can prepare questions for this session throughout the course.
  6. Each student is required to read the ABFT book.
  7. Students are provided with a Student Clinical Manual which contains all the PowerPoint slides, 5-task overview sheets, and other clinical aids.
  8. A program evaluation process is included with the program. This consists of a simple pre and post evaluation tool to demonstrate increased knowledge. Local professors are free to add any additional evaluation tools.
  9. A certificate of completion of the 1-day ABFT Introductory Course is provided at the end of the course to students (if they pass the post test at 80%)
  10. The professor is invited for free to attend one of the three day introductory ABFT workshops either in Philadelphia or at some other location that is sponsoring a workshop.

Professor Requirements

We recommend that professors attend our 3-day introductory workshop to become more familiar with the course content. Admission to the 3-day workshop at Drexel University is free for professors teaching the course (a $475 value).

Eligibility to Take the Course

  • Students must be enrolled in a graduate program pursuing a degree in the mental health field (art therapy, counseling, couples and family therapy, creative movement therapy, music therapy, psychology, psychiatry, psychiatric nursing, social work etc.).
  • A professor must be willing to facilitate the course with students.
  • A minimum of 7 students are required to initiate the course.


  • $99 per student for the 6 lectures (minimum of 7 students), plus supplementary recorded therapy excerpts, live Q&A, Student Clinical Manual, ABFT Selected Published Works Packet, and professor training manual.
  • There is no training requirement or implementation cost to the professor.

Course Registration - Registration is now open!

Each student and professor must register for the course. Fees are only for students. There is an option during registration for the University to pay the fee for students (when applicable).