CAFAS.2019.1.29 & 1.30 Initial



To receive the code for this training, supervisors of eligible providers may contact

Katie Gorney, SOC Special Projects Coordinator, Children's Initiatives at: 

These trainings are recommended by the DHHS for children and youth with a primary Serious Emotional Disturbance (SED) diagnosis only. 

Child & Adolescent Functional Assessment Scale (CAFAS)

Initial Training

With: Andrew Lewandoski, LMSW, Mary-Miller Strobel, LMSW

Registration will close January 25, 2019


Dates:  January 29, 2019 & January 30, 2019 (You must attend both days in order to receive your CAFAS certification)  

Times: 8:30am - 5:00pm BOTH DAYS

Location: The Guidance Center's Center for Excellence, 13111 Allen Road, Southgate, MI

Cost: $30

Suggested Participants: QCMHP working  in CMH billable programs in Wayne County with children ages 7-17 with a primary Serious Emotional Disturbance (SED) diagnosis.

Required Materials: CAFAS Paper Assessment Form, CAFAS Self-Training Manual, and Blank Scoring Forms for the CAFAS Self-Training Manual.


CAFAS is the gold standard for assessing a youth's day-to-day functioning across critical life subscales AND for determining whether a youth's functioning improves over time.

  • Backed by over 20 years of research supporting its validity and sensitivity to detecting change in behaviors.
  • Widely used to inform decisions about level of care, type and intensity of treatment, placement, and need for referral
  • CAFAS items (problem behaviors, strengths, and goals) are behaviorally descriptive and anchored, resulting in high credibility 
  • Quickly completed by practitioners (10 minutes), based on information from routine clinical evaluation
  • Designed for ages 5 to 19 (kindergarten and higher).

Please Note:  Testing on the second day ends at 5:00PM at the very latest. If participants need more time, they will have to follow the “remediation” process, as completing the vignettes in the time allotted is a condition of their reliable rater designation. 

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. You must have your license number with you to check in. 

  • Social Workers: 11.0 Continuing Education credits are approved for this training.
  • Children's Mental Health Professionals: These training hours meet the MDHHS training requirement for CMHPs.
  • Training Hours: This training qualifies for 11.0 general training hours.

Cancellation Policy: 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.

Registration/Walk-In Policy: Participants may try to attend the training as a walk-in, someone that did not pre-register. However, walk-ins will NOT be guaranteed seats or materials. Walk-ins will be asked to wait until the training begins to be seated to ensure there is enough room. Plan to pre-register to ensure your attendance.

Photo Consent: By joining us at this event, attendees consent to Detroit Wayne Mental Health Authority's Detroit Wayne Connect photographing, videotaping and using your image and likeness.

You will receive a confirmation of your registration via e-mail. If you do not, please contact the DWMHA Help Desk at 313-451-3792

ADA Accommodations: If you have individual requirements or need special services to participate in this event, please notify Katie at: 

Questions? If you have technical questions regarding the online registration process, contact 313-451-3792

There is now a fee for this training; $30 includes Participant folders with all training printouts (Agenda, PowerPoint, State policies, etc.). MHS materials: CAFAS Paper Assessment Form, CAFAS Self-Training Manual, and Blank Scoring Forms for the CAFAS Self-Training Manual.