Attachment-Based Family Therapy Workshop

Future dates to be announced soon!
ABFT is the only manualized, empirically informed 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 depression and suicide can be precipitated, exacerbated or buffered against by the quality of interpersonal relationships in families. 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.

Overview of the ABFT Workshop

Drexel’s ABFT Training Program runs a series of workshops throughout the year both at Drexel University, nationally and internationally. All workshops run for one to three days.

On Day One we offer a one day overview of the model including theoretical principles and clinical strategies. Faculty review how attachment theory, emotion 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. Enrollment for Day One is unlimited (as permitted by space) and a student price is offered.

Teaching format on Day One includes lecture and video examples. For those interested in more intensive training, Days Two and Three provide a more in-depth look at the procedures and process involved in facilitating the therapy. The teaching format includes lecture, video tape review, case discussion, and role play. There is limited enrollment for these two days and no student price.

The full three day workshop is the beginning of a two year credentialing program for those interested in ongoing supervision. Commitment to continue is not required for participation. 

Who Should Attend?

Psychologists, Social Workers, Couple and Family Therapists, Counselors, Psychotherapists, Psychiatrists and Mental Health Professionals.

Upcoming ABFT workshops: