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ABFT Trainers and Colleagues

For more information about ABFT training, please contact abft@drexel.edu.

Developers of ABFT

Guy Diamond, PhD

Guy Diamond, PhD, is Professor Emeritus at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and Associate Professor at Drexel University in the College of Nursing and Health Professions. At Drexel, he is the Director of Family Intervention Science (FIS) and the Director of the PhD program in Couple and Family Therapy. Dr Diamond is the primary developer of Attachment-Based Family Therapy (ABFT). He has received several federal, state and foundation grants to develop and test this model. Along with his co-authors, Drs Gary Diamond and Suzanne Levy, Dr Diamond has written the first book on ABFT, “Attachment-Based Family Therapy for Depressed Adolescents,” published by the American Psychological Association in 2014. Dr. Diamond is a certified trainer for all levels of training and a certified supervisor.

Gary Diamond, PhD

Gary M. Diamond, PhD, is a Professor and Chair of the Department of Psychology at Ben-Gurion University.  He is a licensed clinical psychologist and family therapist, and one of the primary developers of Attachment-Based Family Therapy. His research examines change mechanisms in family-based treatments, including the role of emotional processing, the therapeutic alliance and changes in parental behaviors. His primary focus today is on developing family-based treatments for sexual minority individuals and their non-accepting parents. He conducts trainings around the world on ABFT. Dr Diamond is a certified trainer for all levels of training and a certified supervisor.

For information on ABFT research in Israel, please visit Ben-Gurion University Psychotherapy Research Lab.

Suzanne Levy, PhD

Suzanne Levy, PhD, is a licensed clinical psychologist and Director of the ABFT Training Program at Drexel University’s College of Nursing and Health Professions. She is one of the co-developers of Attachment-Based Family Therapy. Dr Levy coordinates and conducts ABFT training workshops and supervision for therapists nationally and internationally. She also oversees the ABFT treatment in the Family Intervention Science’s clinical trials. She is co-author of the first book on ABFT. Dr Levy is a certified trainer for all levels of training and a certified supervisor.

Trainers and Colleagues

United States

Syreeta Scott, PhD

Syreeta Scott, PhD, completed her postdoctoral fellowship at Family Intervention Science (FIS). Dr Scott completed her pre-doctoral internship at Beth Israel Medical Center in New York, NY and received her PhD from Eastern Michigan University. Dr Scott was the Recruitment and Clinical Coordinator as well as a certified therapist for a NIMH R01 study entitled Attachment Based Family Therapy for Suicidal Adolescents. Dr Scott is a certified trainer for day one of the introductory workshop. She is also a certified ABFT supervisor.

Jonathan Singer, PhD

Dr Singer's clinical and research interests focus on family-based interventions for suicidal and cyberbullied youth; service access and service utilization; use of technology in education and clinical practice. Dr Singer is interested in the interpersonal mechanisms that protect against or contribute to youth suicidal risk within families; how and why parents access services for their suicidal children; and how technologies such as podcasts and social networking sites can be used to disseminate information about prevention and intervention of youth suicidal behaviors, cyberbullying, and social work education and training. Dr Singer is the author of 40 publications including the 2015 Routledge text, "Suicide in Schools." He is the founder and host of the award winning podcast series, the Social Work Podcast. Dr Singer has presented nearly 100 workshops, scholarly papers, trainings, and webinars on working with suicidal youth, cyberbullying, and attachment-based family therapy. Dr Singer has presented continuing education workshops nationally for the U.S. Military, community mental health agencies, school districts, and clinical social work organizations. Dr Singer has taught graduate-level clinical practice courses since 2002. Since 2013 he has taught ABFT to clinical social work students and presented on ABFT at conferences. Dr Singer has provided Attachment-Based Family Therapy and Family Enhanced Non-directive Supportive Therapy as part of a federally-funded clinical trial for depressed and suicidal youth. Dr Singer is in training to become a certified trainer for day one of the introductory workshop.

Jody Russon, PhD

Jody Russon, PhD is a research associate, project manager and adjunct faculty member at the Center for Family Intervention Science and Couple and Family Therapy Department at Drexel University. Dr. Russon recently received a grant from the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention to conduct an implementation study of ABFT with The Attic Youth Center- Philadelphia's only LGBTQI youth center. Clinically, Jody is interested in attachment-informed therapies and is attentive to cultural issues in clinical practice- specifically surrounding gender and sexual identity. She has received advanced training in Emotionally-Focused Therapy (EFT) for couples and is an instructor in the Person-of-the-Therapist training model. Dr. Russon is a certified ABFT trainer and a supervisor in training and provides instruction and supervision to doctoral students learning ABFT.

International

Karen Bauwens

Karen Bauwens is a clinical psychologist and recognized system therapist. She has experience with coaching, supervision, and education. She specializes in working with anxiety and mood disorders in children and adolescents. Since 2012, she works as a psychologist / psychotherapist at the consultation Angst and Mood Disorders, Child Psychiatry UZ Leuven. She is a trainer and supervisor in the ABFT Belgium Training Center. For more information, visit the Training Center website: https://ppw.kuleuven.be/ogop/abft/watisabft.

Guy Bosmans, PhD

Dr Bosmans investigates attachment from a developmental psychopathology perspective. He investigates the role of attachment as a risk factor in the relation between parenting behavior and internalizing and externalizing behavior problems in middle childhood and adolescence. His research mainly focuses on the conceptual association between the internal working model of attachment and the cognitive schema concept. He developed several experiments and performance based measures to study the influence of cognitions regarding confidence in availability of the mother on the cognitive processing of information with regard to mother.

He is also involved in studies within the field in child welfare. In this area, he contributes to the dissemination of evidence-based assessment and practice and he provides support in the qualitative and quantitative evaluation of specific interventions in services of child-welfare at different levels of intervention. He is involved in the application of the related insights on attachment-related processes to clinical practice. For this reason, he actively contributes to implementing Attachment Based Family Therapy in the Home Guidance Services of the Flemish Child Welfare. Dr Bosmans is in training to become a certified trainer for day one of the introductory workshop.

For information on ABFT research in Belgium, please visit Catholic University of Leuven (KU Leuven).

Christel Bouwens

Christel Bouwens is Master of Educational Sciences and studied in the field of Psychopedagogy at the KULeuven. She is a behavioral therapist, member and supervisor of the Flemish Society for Behavioral Therapy. She is also a trainer within the Permante Formation Behaviorist at the KULeuven and UGent. She is a trainer and supervisor in the ABFT Belgium Training Center. For more information, visit the Training Center website: https://ppw.kuleuven.be/ogop/abft/watisabft.

Jasmijn Creten

Jasmijn Creten is a clinical psychologist and recognized system therapist. She has a special interest in supporting depressive and suicidal (young) adults and adolescents. She worked several years for the CGG's Suicide Prevention Work, where she trained and coached relief workers and organizations. Since 2009 she has worked as a psychologist at CGG Kempen, in addition she works in an independent practice. She is a trainer and supervisor in the ABFT Belgium Training Center. For more information, visit the Training Center website: https://ppw.kuleuven.be/ogop/abft/watisabft.

Pravin Israel, PhD

Pravin Israel, PhD, is a clinical psychologist with sub-specialty in clinical work with children and adolescents and currently employed at the Department of Child and Adolescent Mental Health Clinic, Stavanger University Hospital, Norway. He is also (part-time) senior researcher at the R&D department, Akershus University Hospital, Norway and (part-time) associate professor at the Department of Health Sciences, VID Specialized University, Norway. He is a long-time collaborator particularly around dissemination and implementation of ABFT in Norway. In 2007, Pravin spent a year at FIS as an exchange scholar. His research revolves around parent involvement in treating children and adolescents with psychosocial problems. One study examined over 30,000 children and adolescents treated in the public health care system in Norway and found little parent involvement adolescents with emotional problems. This gave impetus to import ABFT to Norway and test its feasibility for a referred group of adolescents with depression. He is currently involved leading a large clinical trial that tests the effectiveness of ABFT for depressed adolescents in Norway. Dr Israel is a certified trainer for the introductory training workshop and a certified supervisor.

For information on ABFT research in Norway, please visit Akershus Universitetssykehus.

Ludmilla Moons

Ludmilla Moons is a social assistant and a certified hospital psychotherapist. She works in Hestia Therapy Center in Mechelen and in Keerpunt, a multidisciplinary center for families, children and young people in Sint-Katelijne-Waver. In addition to her therapeutic work, she is connected to the Center for General Well-being Boom Mechelen Lier and supports and supervises TEJO Lier youth therapists. Currently, she focuses mainly on working with adolescents, (young) adults and their wider family systems. She is a trainer and supervisor in the ABFT Belgium Training Center. For more information, visit the Training Center website: https://ppw.kuleuven.be/ogop/abft/watisabft.

Magnus Ringborg

Magnus Ringborg is an author, psychologist, psychotherapist, family psychotherapy supervisor and trainer since 1981. He is the former chairman of Swedish Family Therapy Association (SFFT), former editor of Fokus pa Familjen, former member of the board of directors of International Family Therapy Association (IFTA). Magnus teaches ABFT in Sweden at various levels of family therapy training. He also supervises therapists in ABFT. Magnus is a certified trainer for the introductory training workshop and a certified supervisor.

Tara Santens

Tara Santens is an orthopedagogue and works as a doctoral candidate at the Research Unit of Family and Orthopedagogy of the KU Leuven. As a member of the Lego lab, she is involved in research into attachment to children and young people and to implement and disseminate ABFT in the Flemish relief landscape. She spent a year in Philadelphia (USA) where she was trained at Drexel University in ABFT. She is a trainer and supervisor in the ABFT Belgium Training Center. For more information, visit the Training Center website: https://ppw.kuleuven.be/ogop/abft/watisabft.

Els van Daele

Els Van Daele graduated as a criminologist and as a sexologist at the KULeuven. She is recognized as a relationship and family therapist, trainer and supervisor at the BVRGS. She works as a relationship and family therapist in an independent practice at Meise and as a (forensic) group therapist in the Center for Mental Health Care Ahasverus, Grimbergen and in Brussels (I.T.E.R., Center for Criminal Assistance). She is affiliated with the training institute I.P.R.R. In Mechelen and regularly publishes on system therapy in forensic and forced care. She is a trainer and supervisor in the ABFT Belgium Training Center. For more information, visit the Training Center website: https://ppw.kuleuven.be/ogop/abft/watisabft.

Ingrid Wagner, PhD

Ingrid Wagner, PhD, is an associate professor in the School of Public Health and Social Work, Queensland University of Technology. She holds a Clinical Academic Fellowship which partners the School of Public Health and Social Work with the Child and Youth Mental Health Services, Child Health Queensland, Health and Hospital Services in a project to disseminate empirically tested family based treatments for children and youth. The Fellowship extends the work she undertook as Director of Social Work, Child and Youth Mental Health Services, Royal Children's Hospital and Health Services, Queensland Health from 2001 to 2010. During this period she initiated a program to support and sustain family systems practice in the service, established an eating disorders clinic providing Family Based Therapy for Adolescent Anorexia Nervosa, and was awarded a Creswick Foundation grant to support the initiation of a clinic to provide Attachment Based Family Therapy for Adolescent Depression. Dr Wagner is in training to become a certified trainer for day one of the introductory workshop.

For information on ABFT research in Australia, please visit Queensland University of Technology.