Co-sponsored by the College of Medicine,
Behavioral Health Education Division
November 11-13, 2015
Drexel University Center City Campus
Bellet Building, 15th and Race Streets
Philadelphia, PA 19102
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 an 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.
Counselors, Couple and Family Therapists, Mental Health Professionals, Psychiatrists, Psychologists, Psychotherapists, and Social Workers
- Introduction, Theory and Overview of ABFT
- Task I: Relational Frame
- Task II: Alliance Building with the Adolescent
- Task III: Alliance Building with the Parent
- Task IV: Attachment Task
- Task V: Autonomy Promoting Task
- Task I: Relational Frame – Video Review & Discussion
- Task II: Relational Frame Role Play
- Task III: Alliance Building with the Adolescent Alone Video Review & Discussion
- Task I: Alliance Building with the Parent Alone Video Review & Discussion
- Task II: Alliance Building with the Parent Alone Video & Discussion and role play
- Task III: Attachment Task Video Review & Discussion
- Task IV: Attachment Role Play
- Task V: Autonomy Promoting Task Video & Discussion
Day One (Wed) only --- $130 (Students* and University Faculty --- $65)
Days Two & Three (Thurs & Fri) only --- $345**
Days One, Two & Three (Wed, Thurs, & Fri) --- $475
*Proof of student status required
**Must have attended Day One of a previous Drexel ABFT Workshop
APA CE --- $35 per certificate
LMFT, LCSW, LSW & LPCs --- $15 per certificate
Day One only:
- Presentation slides and video transcripts
- Coffee and refreshment breaks
- Contact hour certificate
Days Two & Three:
- Day Two & Three presentation and transcripts
- Overview sheets
- Adherence Measures
- Daily coffee/refreshment breaks and lunch
- Contact Hour certificate
NOTE: Full payment required prior to the start of the conference.
Cancellation and Refund Policy
A $25.00 administration fee will be charged for all refunds. Telephone requests will be honored up to four business days before the start of the course begins and must be confirmed in writing. If cancellation occurs within three business days prior to the course, a refund will not be available. However, the full amount of tuition may be applied to a future course (Note: certain restrictions apply.) Allow minimum of six weeks from date of course completion for processing refunds.
A $50.00 administrative fee will be charged for any returned checks due to insufficient funds.
Dr. Levy is a licensed clinical psychologist and Director of the ABFT Training Program at Drexel
University’s College of Nursing and Health Professions. Dr. Levy conducts ABFT training workshops
and supervision for therapists nationally and internationally. She also over sees the ABFT treatment in
the Drexel Center for Family Intervention Science’s clinical trials. She is co-author of the first book on ABFT.
Drexel University’s Couple and Family Therapy Department is a Pre-approved Provider by the Pennsylvania State Board of Social Work, Marriage and Family Therapy and Professional Counselors of Continuing Education Credits.
For LMFT, LCSW, LSW, and LPCs: The workshop qualifies for the following continuing education credits: 7 CEU’s for Day One only and 19 total CEU’s for all three days. A Certificate of Participation will be awarded at the end of the presentation to all who attend and follow protocol for registration and evaluation forms.
Drexel University Couple and Family Therapy Department maintains responsibility for the program and content. Accreditation does not imply that Drexel College of Nursing and Health Professions approves or endorses any product included in the educational activity.
Drexel University College of Medicine, Behavioral Healthcare Education is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Drexel University College of Medicine, Behavioral Healthcare Education maintains responsibility for the program and its content. This program is being offered for 6.5, 12, or 18.5 hours of continuing education.
APA: $35 per certificate
LMFT, LCSW, LSW, & LPC: $15 per certificate.
To provide an overview of the ABFT model including theoretical principles and clinical strategies.
Overall program objectives:
- Discuss the theoretical foundation of ABFT
- Describe the five treatment task structure of the model
- Describe how to organize therapy around interpersonal growth rather than behavioral management
Days Two & Three:
- Discuss the importance of each of the five treatment tasks
- Describe the specific phases within each treatment task
- Apply specific strategies for facilitating the repair of interpersonal ruptures.
All planners and presenters at nursing continuing education activities are required to disclose to the audience any significant financial relationships with the manufacturer(s) of any commercial products, goods or services. Such disclosures will be made in writing in the course presentation materials.
No commercial support was received for this program.
No sponsorship was received for this program.
Unrestricted Educational Grant
No unrestricted educational grant was received for this program.
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