3 Levels of Training

   Level 1: MDFT Intensive

An MDFT Intensive is a great way to learn the basics of MDFT. With an Intensive, an MDFT trainer visits your agency, professional organization, or other group for a 2-day MDFT training. 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: $5,000 for group of up to 35 people, plus trainer travel to your agency

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   Level 2: Certification

Agency-based teams of clinicians can do full implementation of the MDFT model and earn certification as therapists and supervisors. Therapist certification takes roughly 6 months, and supervisor certification is an additional 4-6 months. At least one therapist must be selected to go on to supervisor training. Upon completing this training, agencies maintain MDFT certification with annual quality assurance activities (on-site booster training each year).

The Level 2 budget includes an introductory training similar to a Level 1 MDFT Intensive, so the two do not need to be completely separately.

Cost: Costs for training are listed below. For the costs of training groups larger than 7, contact info@mdft.org.

Up to 4 clinicians:

  • Year 1: $29,000 plus trainer travel to your agency (4 trips)
  • Annually After Year 1: $8,500 plus trainer travel to your agency (1 trip)

5 clinicians:

  • Year 1: $34,000 plus trainer travel to your agency (4 trips)
  • Annually After Year 1: $10,000 plus trainer travel to your agency (1 trip)

6 clinicians:

  • Year 1: $39,000 plus trainer travel to your agency (4 trips)
  • Annually After Year 1: $11,000 plus trainer travel to your agency (1 trip)

7 clinicians:

  • Year 1: $45,000 plus trainer travel to your agency (4 trips)
  • Annually After Year 1: $12,000 plus trainer travel to your agency (1 trip)

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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: $20,500 plus travel (2 trips to site) to train 1 trainer.

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