Program effectiveness is directly related to the class being conducted in the manner it was intended. To properly lead the course, trainers must complete the training and earn certification in presenting the class.    

Initial Blues Program Training

$3,000 (or $500 per seat in one of our open classes)

  • A master Blues Program Trainer of Trainers (TOT) provides your organization an 8-hour training and consultation on initial delivery of the Blues Program.
  • The training is typically delivered over two half days, virtually.
  • Groups of facilitators (up to 14) are trained together.


An alternative option to the group trainings is our Open Trainings.  Open, virtual trainings are scheduled throughout the year, and available for organizations that prefer to purchase individual training seats.  Cost is $500 per person (curriculum costs are included).

Open Training Dates:
Sept 18 & 25, 2024 – 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Oct 22 & 24, 2024 – 12:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Dec 4 & 11, 2024 – 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
(Note: times listed are EDT)
Please contact to sign up.
Please note that a training course is not confirmed until a minimum quota of participants have registered. You will be notified at least two weeks prior to the course date.

Fidelity Adherence Certification $2,700 (for two classes reviewed)

This cost consists of $225 per hour x 12 hours.

Two complete courses (12 hours) must be approved to pass successfully.
  • The initial Blues training listed above allows you to teach our Blues program to teens. If you want to go beyond that to have fidelity certification, then the next stage is to establish and operate a model adherent program staffed by a proficient facilitator at your agency.
  • Your facilitator will audio- or video-record two cohorts of students receiving Blues Program groups (two 6-hour courses) and send them to the master Trainer of Trainers (TOT) via a secure method.
  • The TOT will review and rate sessions using validated 100-point rating forms for session adherence and facilitator competence.
  • The TOT delivers a supervision note after reviewing each session recording.


  • A facilitator who receives adherent scores on all recordings is considered certified in fidelity adherence. They may move onto the process of becoming a Trainer-of-trainers for their agency’s staff.
  • Thresholds needed for certification:
    • An average session rating of 70 for session adherence
    • An average session rating of 60 for therapeutic competence
    • Additional tapes will be reviewed if adherence scores are low.


Sustainability - Trainer of Trainers (TOT) for your agency

Step 1: $150 ($50 per recording, minimum of 3 reviews)

for supervision notes

Step 2: $3,000 per training

for Developer Observation

  • The goal of this stage is to become a trained Trainer-of-Trainers (TOT) at your organization to continue training others to deliver the Blues Program.
  • Requirements: Facilitator must first be Fidelity Adherence Certified.
  • TOT training Step 1 (Completed by COBYS Family Services):
    • TOT trainee reviews 3 session recordings provided by their organization, scores fidelity adherence and group leader competence and provides supervision notes.
    • TOT trainer also reviews and scores these 3 session recordings.
    • 75% of trainee’s scores must be within 10 points of the trainer’s scores. If not, additional tapes and costs may be incurred.


  • TOT training Step 2 (Completed by Dr. Paul Rohde):
    • Trainee delivers the initial Blues Program training to 2-14 staff from their own agency.
    • Prior to this training, the TOT trainee meets with Dr. Paul Rohde to review training plans.
    • TOT trainer observes the 8-hour initial Blues Training provided by the TOT trainee.
    • If training is adequate, the trainee becomes a certified Trainer of Trainers for their agency.
    • Certified Trainer of Trainers who have been formally trained in this process by Dr. Rohde are eligible to use this established protocol to train other TOTs in their agency.

Agency Trainer of Trainers who have been formally trained and certified by Dr. Rohde are eligible to train other Trainer of Trainers for the agency.  Training of the new TOT must follow the same procedures and protocols as listed in the training overview but can be conducted by either Dr. Rohde or the TOT trained by Dr. Rohde.

Staff who are trained to be a TOT by an in-house certified agency TOT may only facilitate the initial Blues trainings for their agency.  They are not eligible to train new Trainer of Trainers.

Become part of the growing support network our teens desperately need.

Teens who experience stress, anxiety and depression are not alone. Help for them is closer than they think. The Blues Program can help them cope by:

  • identifying the way we think about things and the relationship to feelings and actions
  • providing tools to assess and address issues
  • gaining skills to give them power to deal with negative thoughts
How did you hear about the Blues Program?