Deliver a program that helps transform lives and achieve clinical excellence

Therapist development and skill are crucial aspects of MDFT training and implementation. Whether Level 1 MDFT Training or full MDFT certification, multi-component trainings teach clinicians how to better engage youth and families and resolve complex and interrelated problems. MDFT training doesn’t just deliver the MDFT model. The overwhelming majority of MDFT therapists say that their training has made them better therapists overall.1

MDFT International—the 501(c)(3) non-profit that trains and certifies MDFT clinicians—offers 3 levels of training:

  • Level 1 is a one-time intensive training for organizations that want exposure to an effective, evidence-based treatment. It teaches the MDFT basics and hones therapists’ skills in working with youth and families.
  • Level 2 is full implementation of the MDFT model, requiring approximately 6 months to earn certification in MDFT.
  • Level 3 - or "Train-the-Trainer" training - may be completed after completing Level 2. This training increases sustainability by having agency-based trainers certified to train new therapists in the model.

Research shows that multi-component training programs have the best training outcomes compared to other training methods.2 All 3 levels of MDFT training are multi-component and involve some or all of these pieces: a comprehensive treatment manual, intensive didactic and experiential workshops, expert consultation on actual work, live or recorded review of client sessions, supervision training, booster training, and completion of at least one training case.


Lisa Imhoff, MDFT Trainer in Madison, WI
"There was a transformation within me."

Catherine Corto-Mergins, MDFT Trainer in CT
"There's growth that happens on a number of levels."


  1. Godley, S.H., White, W.L., Diamond, G., Passetti, L., & Titus, J.C. (2001). Therapist reactions to manual-guided therapies for the treatment of adolescent marijuana users. Clinical Psychology: Science and Practice, 8, 405-417.
  2. Herschell, A. D., Kolko, D. J., Baumann, B. L., Davis, A. C. (2010). The role of therapist training in the implementation of psychosocial treatment: A review and critique with recommendations. Clinical Psychology Review, 30, 448-466.