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Overview

There are three levels to Attachment-Based Family Therapy (ABFT) training with each building from the first workshop. The target audience for ABFT trainings is Counselors, Couple and Family Therapists, Mental Health Professionals, Psychiatrists, Psychologists, Psychotherapists and Social Workers.

Continuing education credits can be offered for the Level 1 and Level 2 trainings.

Accreditation Statement

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.

Level 1: Introductory Workshop

For LMFT, LCSW, LSW, and LPCs: The workshop qualifies for the following continuing education credits: 7 CEU’s for Day One only, 12.5 CEUs for Days Two and Three Only and 19.5 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.

Level 2: Advanced Workshop

For LMFT, LCSW, LSW, and LPCs: The workshop qualifies for the following continuing education credits: 22.25 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.

American Psychological Association (APA)

American Psychological Association logoDrexel 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.

Level 1: Introductory Workshop

This program is being offered for 6.5, 12.25 or 18.75 hours of continuing education.

Level 2: Advanced Workshop

This program is being offered for 18.5 hours of continuing education.

If organizations are interested in additional CEs, we are happy to work with the organization on obtaining those credits.

Level 1

1-Day Introductory Workshop

Lecture and video tape provide an overview of the model including theoretical foundation and clinical strategies of ABFT. 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. Enrollment for Day One is unlimited (as permitted by space).

3-Day Introductory Workshop

Day 1

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).

Days 2 & 3

Days Two and Three build on Day one and provide a more in-depth look at the procedures and process involved in facilitating ABFT. Case discussion, tape review and role-play deepen the participants understanding of the approach. Attendance is limited to 30 people who have attended the Day 1 workshop.

Level 2

Advanced 3-Day Workshop

The advanced workshop will help deepen therapist’s ABFT skills. Participants discuss person of the therapist issues as they relate to ABFT and learn about the use of emotion-deepening skills in the context of ABFT. During the advanced training, a certified ABFT trainer provides supervision via tape review, live supervision, and role-play.  In preparation for the advanced training, therapists are required to provide a case write-up for at least one of the cases with which they are using ABFT as well as share videotape segments from this case during the training, or receive live supervision, and participate in role-plays.  Guidelines are provide regarding what should be included in the case write-ups.  As many live supervision sessions as possible are scheduled during the 3-day advanced training.  Some therapists are asked to show 10-20 minutes of tape to the group demonstrating at least one of the five different treatment tasks.  We advise therapists that segments should be reflective of central phases of the different tasks.

Attendance is limited to 30 people who have attended the 3-day Level 1 workshop.

Supervision

Starting after the initial 3-day Level 1 workshop, training therapists begin a series of 22 bi-monthly, 60-90 minute (depending on group size) group case consultation phone calls with an ABFT certified consultant. (1 year). Trainees are expected to discuss their current cases in which they are applying ABFT and to present clips of their work via videotape. Supervision groups have a limit of 6 people per 60-minute groups and 10 people per 90-minute group. Individuals or agencies who do not want to commit to the certification process can contract for a minimum of 10 supervision sessions at a time.

Level 3

Consultation Leading to Certification

Approximately 6 months after the Introductory Workshop, trainees begin submitting videotaped complete ABFT sessions for review by certified supervisors.  Trainees should submit one to two videotapes a month, for a minimum of 10 tapes.   These tapes should be of recent sessions so that therapists can demonstrate their use of feedback from the group supervision sessions. The ABFT supervisor will inform the therapist of which tasks or portions of a task to submit. When submitting tapes, therapists must submit a case write-up (template provided). Therapists must also provide self-feedback on their tapes with suggestions for how to improve portions of their tape that are not consistent with ABFT or could be improved. ABFT Certified Supervisors review the tapes and provide in-depth written feedback, as well as 20 minutes of phone consultation (as needed) regarding the tape.  In addition to the in-depth feedback, supervisors rate the tapes using our adherence measures. Therapists are also expected to rate their own tapes which they submit using the adherence measures. Completing all 10 tapes does not guarantee that someone is certified.  A therapist may need to submit additional tapes (at additional cost) if they have yet to sufficiently develop certain skills. However, we have found that with the level of feedback we provide, most therapists are ready for certification review after 10 tapes.

Attendance is one to one.

Therapists that have been certified may refer to themselves as ABFT certified therapists. ABFT certified therapists can choose to have their contact information listed on the ABFT Training Program website. Certification in ABFT does not expire.

Continued Consultation

If therapists desire supervision beyond their one year training contract, they may pay for ongoing supervision.

More Information

To download the Therapist Certification Process, click here [PDF].

Implementation and sustainability of a manualized, empirically-supported treatment requires a high level of commitment and systems change on the part of an agency or treatment program. Therefore, agency readiness is of critical concern. To read more about the dissemination and implementation of ABFT, please download our Dissemination and Implementation Starter Packet [PDF].

For additional information about how ABFT can be effectively implemented in your agency or if you would like to be trained in ABFT please contact Suzanne Levy, PhD, the ABFT Training Director, at 215.571.3415 or slevy@drexel.edu or Corey Fedorowich at cmf329@drexel.edu.