MDFT Introductory Workshop

An MDFT Introductory Workshop is a great format for learning the basics of MDFT. It is ideal for individuals and groups who work with adolescents and young adults with a range of problems, including substance abuse and delinquency. The Training is a 2-day introduction to MDFT delivered by certified MDFT Trainers. The trainer will travel to your program or site, reducing travel costs and disruptions for your team.

Because MDFT can be implemented in all levels of care (i.e., outpatient, in-home, intensive outpatient, residential) and sectors (e.g., mental health, substance abuse, child welfare, juvenile and criminal justice), the focus and content of the Training can be tailored to your group’s specific interests. Your trainer will work with you on any specific training needs you want to address (e.g., engaging parents, using drug screens therapeutically, etc.). The basic Introduction has the following learning objectives:

  1. Understand the MDFT perspective, main features, and evidence base
  2. Learn key MDFT interventions with the adolescent, parents, family and community.
  3. Gain knowledge about how to integrate MDFT principles and interventions into clinicians’ current work with cases
  4. Obtain information on MDFT implementation practices and procedures
  5. Be prepared to continue toward full MDFT certification (if desired)

This training is ideal for:

  • Clinicians who work with youth and families, including social workers, marriage and family therapists, and mental health counselors.
  • Those who work in the child welfare, juvenile justice, or drug court systems.
  • Policymakers, program directors, or administrators interested in expanding their services to include an evidence-based treament for youth and families.

CEs: This program is Approved by the National Association of Social Workers (Approval # 886759439-6223) and by the National Association for Addiction Professionals (Provider #182727) for 12 continuing education contact hours. While most state licensure boards do accept these hours, please be sure to visit the NASW and NAADAC websites to confirm if your state does or not.

Alternatively, in some states and specialties, proof of attendance to an intensive training is sufficient to earn CEs, and we are happy to provide certificates showing proof of attendance upon request.


Cost: $6,000 for group of up to 35 people, plus trainer travel to your site


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MDFT Workshop in Southern California