Sep 26, 2023

2023.09.26 & 09.27 Child & Adolescent Functional Assessment Scale (CAFAS) Initial Training

(This training will now occur in-person.  All attendees will be required to wear a mask and to take their lunches separately, outside of the building.)

 Tuesday, September 26 and Wednesday, September 27,


(Last Day to Register is Tuesday, September 19, 2023)


*Location Change*


Zoom Platform


Kimberly Alabi-Isama, Psy.S.,M.A, LLP


Jennifer Lewis, LCSW, LMSW-C 



Course Description: 
The Child and Adolescent Functional Assessment Scale (CAFAS) training prepares clinicians to use the CAFAS instrument - an empirically documented, multidimensional measure that is used for measuring functional impairment in children and adolescents. CAFAS permits assessing impairment, choosing corresponding goals that address areas of impairment, and identifying the child's strengths. Participants will learn to use the instrument to assess School, Home and Community Performance, Thinking, Behavior Toward Others, Mood/Emotions, Self-Harm and Substance Abuse as well as the two care-giver scales, Basic Needs and Family/Social Support. These sub-scales assist in developing a treatment plan that is strengths-based and outcomes-driven. This course will be offered virtually (unless otherwise noted) and will require participants to pick-up related materials for the course as well as use of a reliable computer and internet service throughout the training.  
Course Objectives: 

  • Identify essential information to share with caregivers and families about the CAFAS 

  • Use the CAFAS in clinical session to encourage families and assist in discussions of setting treatment goals 

  • Identify five valid ways of using a CAFAS profile to determine clinical progress 

  • Interpret all items on the CAFAS for reliable rating correctly 

  • Demonstrate reliable rating of the CAFAS successfully 

  • Track whether the youth's functioning improves over time 

Timed Agenda: 

Day One 

9:00am-9:15am Welcome and Housekeeping 

9:15am-9:45am Overview of CAFAS 

9:45am-10:15am School 

10:15am-10:30am Break 

10:30am-11:00am Home 

11:00am-11:30am Community 

11:30am-12:00pm Behavior Toward Others 

12:00pm-1:00pm Lunch 

1:00pm-1:30pm Moods/Emotions 

1:30pm-2:00pm Self-Harm 

2:00pm-2:30pm Substance Use 

2:30pm-2:45pm Break 

2:45pm-3:15pm Thinking/Communication 

3:15pm-4:00pm Questions Day Two 

Day Two 

9:00am-9:15am Welcome  

9:15am-9:45am Parent Rating Scales 

9:45am-10:15am Directions for Vignettes 

10:15am-4:00pm Vignettes 


Cost: $30 


Payment Options:   

Online Credit Card (VISA and MASTERCARD only) - safe and secure  

Agency Check or Money Orders made payable to: DWIHN, Attn: Andrea Smith707 W Milwaukee, Detroit, MI 48202 


Refund/Cancellation Policy: Substitutions are permitted at any time. No shows will be billed at the full training rate. Cancellations must be received in writing at least 7 business days prior to training to to obtain a full refund. If cancellation is received less than 7 business days prior to training then no refund will be given.  


If your schedule has changed and you are no longer able to attend, please un-register yourself from this event through your profile at .You can do this by logging onto, and navigating to your Virtual Transcript and clicking Un-register next to this event in your Upcoming Events. 


Required Materials: CAFAS Paper Assessment Form and CAFAS Self-Training Manual 


The provision of all required materials is included with payment of $30.00 fee.  You will be contacted by a representative from DWIHN regarding how these materials will be provided to you (either in-person for or electronically).   


Continuing Education Credits: Continuing Education Credits are offered for this training. Participants must arrive on time and remain in the training for its entirety to receive credits.  No partial credit is available. A certificate for this training will be provided to you via the DWC website and can be found under your transcript.   


  • Social Workers: 11 Continuing Education credits are approved for this training. 

  • MCBAP: This training meets the MDHHS requirement for Michigan Certified Board of Addictions Professionals  

  • CMHP: This training meets the MDHHS requirement for Children's Mental Health Professionals. 

  • Training Hours: This training offers general training hours. 


You will receive a confirmation of your registration via e-mail. If you do not, please contact 313-344-9099 ext. 2501. 


If you have any questions/concerns regarding the content of this training as well as individual requirements or need special services to participate in this event, please notify Marika Orme at   


For technical assistance regarding online registration and the DWC website, please contact 


The code to register for this training will be provided to you by agency leadership.  Please speak to your direct supervisor if this code has not been provided for you.