Fairfax Consortium for Evidence-Based Practice



George Mason University has partnered with Healthy Minds Fairfax to help ensure that children and adolescents in the county receive the most up-to-date and effective mental health counseling. As part of this effort, we are training therapists through our GMU and Healthy Minds Fairfax led Training Consortium.

The trainings emphasize:

  • Evidence-based treatment for children and adolescents
  • Modularized treatment modalities, case conceptualization and treatment planning work
  • Use of weekly assessment measures with child and adolescent clients

We work closely with the clinicians trained under the Training Consortium to ensure that we can help them adequately meet the needs of their organizations, patients, and communities.

This process involves:

  • Monitoring of child and adolescent client weekly progress
  • Bi-weekly supervision calls
  • Additional supplemental trainings, covering substance abuse, FISP, trauma, etc.
  • Certification processes (details below)

Training Opportunities

Core Competency


Practicing Clinicians providing treatment services to children, youth and families in Fairfax County, Virginia.


Core Competency Training

Training in evidence-based intervention using a manualized transdiagnostic CBT/ DBT treatment protocol. This modular treatment protocol can be used to treat multiple comorbid conditions and high-risk behaviors. Areas to be covered in this 4- day training include case conceptualization and treatment of depression, anxiety, disruptive-behavior disorders, suicidality, and non-suicidal self-injury.

Supplemental Core Competency Trainings

Use of the CBT/DBT treatment protocol to address substance abuse and trauma. These are one-day trainings that are only available to those who complete the Core Training.




Practicing Clinicians providing treatment services to children and families in Fairfax County, Virginia. Interested applicants must meet the following criteria:

1. Currently be providing treatment services to children (ages 7-12) and families in Fairfax County 

2. Be available to attend all 3 days of training 

3. Commit to completing brief surveys that are used to evaluate the training, including before the training, immediately after the training, and 3 to 6 months after the training. 

4. Commit to participating in group supervision with one of the GMU trainers every other week for 6 months.

5. Commit to using a very brief evidence-based assessment to track client progress

6. Commit to complete very brief checklists to track your use of the treatment protocol. 


Training in evidence-based intervention using a Modular Approach to Therapy for Children with Anxiety, Depression, Trauma, or Conduct Problems. The training costs (to include CEU’s), as well as the opportunity for ongoing consultation and supervision for participants of an Advanced Practice Group, will be covered by the consortium. 


Trauma-Focused CBT Training


Practicing Clinicians providing treatment services to children, youth and families in Fairfax County, Virginia. Interested applicants must meet the following criteria:

1. Be licensed in Virginia, or currently completing supervision hours in pursuit of licensure 

2. Complete the online TF-CBT training at their own expense prior to the training (cost is $35 and you will earn 11 CEUs)

3. Be available to attend both days of training in their entirety

4. Commit to participating in a minimum of 9 out of 12 1-hour consultation calls that will be completed over the course of 6-12 months (once or twice per month depending upon the majority preference of the group)

5. Present at least 1 TF-CBT case for supervision by the trainer during the consultation calls

6. Use the TF-CBT protocol with at least 3 cases within a year of completing the 2-day training so that you may apply for certification in TF-CBT

7. At the conclusion of these requirements, apply for certification at your own expense ($125)

8. Take the TF-CBT certification test at your own expense ($125)


TF-CBT has the strongest research evidence of any treatment model for traumatized children. Multiple randomized controlled trials (RCT) and replication studies, including international studies, have been conducted documenting the effectiveness of TF-CBT for improving a range of problems for these children. TF-CBT should be provided to youth who have significant emotional or behavioral difficulties related to one or more traumatic life events (including complex trauma); youth do not have to meet PTSD diagnostic criteria to receive TF-CBT. TF-CBT treatment has been shown to result in improvement in PTSD symptoms, depression, anxiety symptoms, externalizing behavioral problems, sexualized behavior problems, shame, trauma related cognitions, interpersonal trust, and social competence.


FISP Training

Family Intervention for Suicide Prevention- FISP

The Family Intervention for Suicide Prevention (FISP) is a cognitive behavioral family intervention for youth ages 10-18 who are presenting with suicidal ideation or after a suicide attempt. The FISP uses the encounter with the clinician to decrease the short- term risk of repeated suicidal ideation and behavior by building the coping skills of youth and their families, enhancing motivation for follow-up mental health treatment, and improving linkage to outpatient follow-up treatment services. The FISP is listed as a “program with evidence of effectiveness” in SAMHSA’s National Registry of Evidence-Based Programs.