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Attachment-Based Family Therapy: Part 1

General Information

Title: Part One – Introduction to Attachment-Based Family Therapy Workshop

Presenter: Suzanne Levy, Ph.D.

Dates: Tuesday-Wednesday, August 27th and 28th, 2024, 9 AM-12:45 PM ET

Fee: $195. Earlybird rate (until 7/1) $145. Includes handouts and 6 CE credits.

Venue: Online Webinar

Attachment-Based Family Therapy: Part 1

Description

Attachment-based family therapy (ABFT) is a manualized, empirically supported family therapy model specifically designed to target family and individual processes associated with adolescent suicide and depression. ABFT emerges from interpersonal theories that suggest adolescent and young adult internalizing disorders (e.g., depression, suicide, trauma, anxiety) can be precipitated, exacerbated or buffered against by the quality of interpersonal relationships in families. It has also been used where family conflict is a contributor to the presenting problem. It is a trust-based, emotion-focused psychotherapy model that aims to repair interpersonal ruptures and rebuild an emotionally protective, secure-based parent–child relationship.

Treatment is characterized by five treatment tasks:

  • Reframing the therapy to focus on interpersonal development
  • Building alliance with the adolescent
  • Building alliance with the parents
  • Facilitating conversations to resolve attachment ruptures
  • Promoting autonomy and competency in the adolescent

Lecture and therapy tapes provide a brief overview of the entire model. This includes an overview of the theory, research and the clinical format/protocol of the therapy. Faculty review how attachment theory, emotional regulation and trauma resolution inform the delivery of this experiential treatment approach. We also review the goals and structure of the five treatment tasks that provide a road map for delivering this interpersonally focused psychotherapy effectively and rapidly.

 

Instructor

Dr. Suzanne Levy is an internationally renowned licensed clinical psychologist and Co-Developer of ABFT.  She is the CEO and Co-Founder of ABFT International Training Institute, LLC. Formally she was the Executive Director of Strategic Initiatives and Training for the ABFT Training Program at Drexel University. ABFT is a manualized, empirically informed and supported, family therapy model specifically designed to target family and individual processes associated with adolescent suicide and/or depression. Since 2007, Dr. Levy has been conducting ABFT training workshops and supervision for therapists nationally and internationally. She has presented regionally, nationally, and internationally on ABFT, emotion coaching, child and adolescent therapies, resilience, adolescent depression, adolescent development, and adolescent substance use. Along with her colleagues, Drs. Guy and Gary Diamond, Dr. Levy has written the first book on ABFT, Attachment-Based Family Therapy for Depressed Adolescents published by the American Psychological Association.

 

Attachment-Based Family Therapy: Part 1

Objectives

  1. • Explain the theoretical foundation of ABFT.
  2. • Discuss the empirical support for ABFT.
  3. • Describe the five treatment task structure of the model.
  4. • Explain how to organize therapy around interpersonal growth rather than behavioral management.
  5. • Identify the strategies used in the five treatment tasks.
  6. • Describe what a relational rupture is.

CE Information

Continuing Education Credits (6) are granted through Neuhoff Psychological Consulting, PLLC for the following professions: Psychologists, Social workers, Mental Health Counselors, LMFTs, and LCATs. It is the participant’s responsibility to check with their individual state boards to verify CE requirements for their state.

Please Note: Licensing Boards change regulations often, and while we attempt to stay abreast of their most recent changes, if you have questions or concerns about this course meeting your specific board’s approval, we recommend you contact your board directly to obtain a ruling. 

APA 

Neuhoff Psychological Consulting is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Neuhoff Psychological Consulting, PLLC maintains responsibility for this program and its content. 

 

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Neuhoff Psychological Consulting PLLC has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 7503. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. Neuhoff Psychological Consulting, LLC is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs. 

 

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References

Ibrahim, M., King, A., Levy, S., Russon, J., & Diamond, G. (2022). Increased family cohesion mediates therapist adherence to the attachment task and depression outcomes in attachment-based family therapy.  Journal of Contemporary Psychotherapy, https://doi.org/10.1007/s10879-022-09539-6

 

Diamond, G., Diamond, G.M., & Levy, S. (2021). Attachment-based family therapy: Theory, clinical model, outcomes, and process research. Journal of Affective Disorders, 294, 286-295. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jad.2021.07.005.

 

Ibrahim, M., Chou, J.L., Gallop, R., Diamond, G., Levy, S., Krauthemer Ewing, S. (2021). Therapist adherence to two treatments for adolescent suicide risk: Association to outcomes and role of therapeutic alliance. Family Process. doi: 10.1111/famp.12660

Satisfactory Completion:

Participants must have paid the tuition fee, signed in or logged in and out each day, attended the entire webinar, and completed an evaluation to receive a certificate.  Failure to sign/log in or out will result in forfeiture of credit for the entire course. No exceptions will be made. Partial credit is not available. Certificates are available electronically after satisfactory course completion. A link will be provided for those who have completed the training.

Attachment-Based Family Therapy: Part 1

Policies

Application Deadline:  August 25, 2024 or until all training spaces are filled, whichever comes first.

Notification of Acceptance

Applicants will be notified, via email, of acceptance when registration is complete, and payment is received.

Refund/Cancellation Policy 

Tuition/registration payments are refundable until July 27th.  Cancellations after this date are non-refundable. In this situation, we will attempt to find someone to take your slot (based on our waiting list).

Accessibility

Conference is via webinar. For live options, there will be handicap accessibility.

Course level

Introductory

Level of clinician 

Introductory

Accessibility

If you require ADA accommodations, please contact our office 30 days or more before the event. We cannot ensure accommodations without adequate prior notification

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Attachment-Based Family Therapy: Part 1

Schedule

Day #1 August 27th

9:00-9:05am :  Welcome and Introduction

9:05-10:30am Introduction, Theory and Overview of ABFT

  • Overview of the model
    • Video about attachment in adolescence
  • Theory Of Healthy Functioning
    • Secure attachment and emotion regulation
    • Authoritative parenting
    • Attachment in adolescence
  • Theory of Pathology
    • Insecure attachment
    • Attachment and parenting
    • Risk Factors for Insecure Attachment
    • ABFT’s Theory of Depression and Suicide
  • Theory of Change
    • Earned Security
    • Family relational repair
  • Empirical Support

10:30-10:40am  Break

10:40-10:55am Clinical Model

  • Theoretical influence
  • ABFT Treatment Manual
  • Suicide Management
  • 5 Task Oerview

10:55-11:50am Task 1: Relational Reframe

  • Review of Task 1
  • Questions
  • Review of Task 1 video

11:50am- 12:00pm Break

12:00-12:45pm Task 2: Adolescent Alliance

  • Review of Task 2
  • Questions

 

Day #2 August 28th

9:00am-9:30am – Review of Task 2 Video

9:30am-10:15am – Task 3: Parent Alliance

  • Review Task 3
  • Questions

10:15am-10:30am – Break

10:30am-11:10am – Task 3 Video

11:10am-11:45am – Task 4: Attachment

  • Review Task 4
  • Questions

11:45am-11:55am – Break

11:55am-12:15pm – Task 4 Video

12:15pm-12:45pm – Task 5: Promoting Autonomy

  • Review Task 5
  • Questions
  • Task 5 Video

Attachment-Based Family Therapy: Part 1

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