3 Levels of Training

   Level 1: MDFT Intensive

With an MDFT Intensive, an MDFT trainer visits your agency, professional organization, or other group for a 2.5 day MDFT training, plus 2 follow-up case consultation calls within the following 2-3 months. The Intensive can be tailored to your particular interests and agency needs. For example, your agency may feel the need for more training or specialization in substance abuse issues with teens. Alternatively, your program may be quite strong as a substance abuse provider but feel greater need for a focus on how to bring a family perspective to address substance abuse therapeutically. We would explore your individual interests ahead of the Intensive and in follow-up calls.

Cost: $6,000 for group of up to 30 people, plus trainer travel to your agency

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   Level 2: Certification

Agency-based teams of clinicians can earn full MDFT certification as therapists and supervisors. Therapist certification takes roughly 6 months, and supervisor certification is an additional 4-6 months. Upon completing this training, agencies maintain MDFT certification with annual quality assurance activities (on-site booster training each year).

Cost: The larger the group of trainees, the more cost-effective and lower the per-trainee costs. Costs for training are listed below. For the costs of training groups larger than 6, contact info@mdft.org.

Up to 4 clinicians, 3 therapists and 1 supervisor:

  • Year 1: $27,000 plus trainer travel to your agency
  • Annually After Year 1: $8,000 plus trainer travel to your agency

Group of 5-6 clinicians, 4-5 therapists and 1 supervisor:

  • Year 1: $30,000 plus trainer travel to your agency
  • Annually After Year 1: $10,000 plus trainer travel to your agency

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   Level 3: Train-the-Trainers (available only to agencies who complete Level 2)

Agencies that complete Level 2 training can participate in the Train-the-Trainers (TTT) Program, wherein promising certified MDFT supervisors can go on to earn certification as an in-house MDFT Trainer. These trainers can train any new therapists and provide ongoing program support to their MDFT teams, reducing program costs substantially. TTT is an excellent way to increase program sustainability. Please note that in-house MDFT Trainers can only train new therapists, not new supervisors.

Cost: $15,000 plus travel to train 1 trainer who must be a certified MDFT supervisor prior to trainer training.

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