The uniqueness of our programs is that teaching and practice go hand-in-hand, with one enhancing the other. In addition to membership activities, the AAFT offers a broad range of educational and training programs for clinicians and public audience, both on short- and long-term basis, as well as tailor-made in-service training packages for local agencies. The demonstration of live family interviews and consultations are unique features of AAFT, which has become a forum for the development of innovative training and research projects.
Examples of clinical training include the Basic Course, Intermediate Course, Advanced Course, Clinical Consultation, and Clinical Supervision groups. The development of specialized projects is also a distinctive focus in AAFT’s continuous attempt to develop expertise in filling the gap of service provision. The AAFT also sees the need to work with the larger system, with the aim to influence policy making with reference to findings from our clinical research.
Training in Family Therapy
The Basic Certificate Course in Family Therapy is designed for human service professionals who are interested in gaining more knowledge in the systemic perspective and its application to various professional fields. Using video-segments of actual family interviews, the course will cover the theoretical bases, conceptual frameworks, and skills in marriage and family therapy.
This course is designed for human service professionals who are interested in the application of family therapy to enhance their current profession. The training format emphasizes a hands-on approach and includes didactic lectures, exercises for skill training, group discussions, and role play. The course involves participation in 3 live case demonstrations led by Wai Yung Lee, Ph.D., Clinical Director, and 2 follow-up sessions each.
The One-Year Advanced Certificate Course in Family Therapy is designed for human service professionals who are interested in acquiring hands-on clinical practice in family therapy. Live family cases will be used extensively as a platform for participants to acquire the relevant concepts and theories, to walk through the therapeutic process, to identify the movements necessary to produce change in family, and to organize the multitude of ways to conceptualize and intervene in family relational problems.
Clinical Supervision in Family Therapy
The Supervision Group aims to expand individual style with the purpose of helping therapists become more versatile and able to adapt into working with diverse family systems from different social classes and service settings. Supervision will be conducted by renowned family therapy trainers including Wai-Yung Lee, Ph.D. (AAMFT Approved Supervisor). Supervision hours can count toward AAMFT membership application.
The Live Case Demonstration provides a rare opportunity for participants to observe and experience clinical interviews in action at the Family Clinic. The case formulation and reflective analysis preceding and following the demonstration will enable participants to share their experiences and insights with our trans-disciplinary team of experts.
The course consists of eight didactic lectures and two live case demonstration sessions. It aims to introduce how family therapy can be applied to a range of mental health problems presented in children, adolescents and adults. Videos from live sessions will be used extensively to illustrate the assessment and treatment process in linking the presenting symptom to family dynamics. The course will also show how a range of behavioral and emotional problems is addressed in the family context. The lectures will be taught by experienced psychiatrists and the demonstrations will be conducted by Wai-Yung Lee, Ph.D.
Professional & Public Workshops
Workshops are conducted by our local and international faculties, with the aim of introducing cutting edge service models and novel knowledge to both professionals and the general public. Training is also extended to different parts of Asia, particularly to Mainland China and Taiwan, where training is conducted on a regular basis.
AAFT is committed to developing specialized projects in partnership with government, public organizations, and non-profit organizations in the community. Some of our initiatives include topics such as working with children with behavior and psychosomatic problems, ADHD, eating disorders, depression, children from divorce families, and school refusal. In-service training packages are also available on request.