Multidimensional Family Therapy by Gayle Dakof, Ph.D

Dr. Gayle Dakof, director of MDFT International, gives an overview of the MDFT model in this 1.75-hour webinar hosted by the Lutheran Services in America. This webinar is part of a series in which the audience (LSA members and the general public) learn about the 16 evidence-based programs currently being reviewed by the Title IV-E Prevention Services Clearinghouse as a mental health, substance abuse, and in-home parent skills based intervention, that could potentially be IV-E funded under the Family First Act. Lutheran Services in American is one of the largest health care and human services networks in the United States, with a membership of more than 300 nonprofit organizations. Topics covered in the webinar include: 

  • A general overview of MDFT, main features, and evidence-base research results
  • Key MDFT interventions with the adolescent, parents, family, and community
  • Information on MDFT training and certification, as well as implementation practices and procedures

The webinar was aired on February 18, 2020 and can be viewed for free here

Multidimensional Family Therapy by Gayle Dakof, Ph.D

Dr. Gayle Dakof, director of MDFT International, gives an overview of the MDFT model in this 2-hour webinar hosted by the Florida Alcohol and Drug Abuse Association (FADAA). This webinar is intended for Child Welfare Professionals, Substance Abuse and or Mental Health Providers, or any other professional who works with youth and is interested in evidence-based practices.

Learning objectives of this webinar include:

  • Understand the MDFT perspective, main features, and evidence base
  • Learn key MDFT interventions with the adolescent, parents, family, and community
  • Gain knowledge about how to integrate MDFT principles and interventions into clinicians' current work
  • Obtain information on MDFT implementation practices and procedures

This webinar can be viewed for free here, or you can view the presentation slides here.


Girls Matter! A Webinar on Girls and Substance Use: Trends, Challenges and Opportunities, featuring Cindy Rowe, Ph.D

Girls' abuse of substances has been increasing, with dangerous consequences for their health and well-being. After completing this webinar, participants will have a working understanding of how the terms gender-responsive, trauma-informed, culturally relevant, recovery-oriented, family-centered, and age-appropriate apply to effective services for girls. Topics include:

  • Girls' substance use trends and concerns
  • Girl-centered responses and interventions
  • Resources for girls: recovery schools, family interventions, and the Voices program

A free recording of this webinar is available upon registration here.
PowerPoint slides from the speaker presentations can be downloaded here.


All Roads Lead To...Family Involvement: Why and How to Work with Families of Justice Involved Adolescents; Howard A. Liddle, EdD, ABPP, Professor & Director, Center for Treatment Research on Adolescent Drug Abuse, University of Miami

Topics covered during this 90-minute webinar include:

  1. Evidence indicating the field's conclusion about the importance of substantive family involvement in treatment.
  2. Common barriers to involving and working with families of justice-involved youths.
  3. Concrete strategies to increase one's success rate for engaging and retaining families in one's treatment program.
  4. Risks, benefits, and rewards of working with families of justice-involved adolescents.

Introduction to MDFT, by Cindy Rowe, PhD.

This 3 part webinar was presented for the Institute for Research, Education & Training in Addictions, Northeast Addiction Technology Center (ATTC). It describes in detail the essentials of MDFT theory, the core clinical principles and intervention protocols. Dr. Rowe is a Principal Investigator on NIDA and NIAAA funded studies, and an MDFT Trainer. She has been involved in MDFT research and clinical training since 1994.

  1. Part 1 (1 hr. 35 minutes)
  2. Part 2 (1 hr. 59 minutes)
  3. Part 3 (1 hr. 49 minutes)