Co-sponsored by the Center for Family Intervention Science, Counseling and Family Therapy Program and College of Medicine, Behavioral Health Education Division.
Meets the requirements of: CA AB-89 Psychologists: suicide prevention training and PA Act 74 – CE in assessment, treatment and management of suicide risk.
Future Dates TBD
Time: 12:00–2:00 p.m.
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 and webinars throughout the year both at Drexel University, nationally and internationally. All workshops and webinars run for one to three days.
This 3-part webinar series is equivalent to day one of our introductory workshop. During this webinar series, we offer an overview of the model including theoretical principles and clinical strategies. In the first webinar, faculty review how attachment theory, emotion regulation, and trauma resolution inform the delivery of this experiential treatment approach. Over the second and third webinar we o review the goals and structure of the five treatment tasks that provide a road map for delivering this interpersonally focused psychotherapy effectively and rapidly. Teaching format includes lecture and video examples. Participants must attend all three webinars to receive CEs.
The workshop is appropriate for beginning, intermediate and advanced levels of training.
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 Alone.
- Task III: Alliance Building with the Parent Alone.
- Task IV: Attachment Task.
- Task V: Autonomy Promoting Task.
- Presentation slides.
- APA or PA State Board LCSW/LMFT/LSW/LPC certificate or Certificate of Attendance.
NOTE: Full payment required prior to the start of the webinar.
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.
PLEASE NOTE: A $50.00 administrative fee will be charged for any returned checks due to insufficient funds.
You will be emailed the link for the webinar and relevant handouts the day before the first webinar will occur.
The webcast start time is 12:00 p.m. EST. We recommend that you allow yourself additional time to connect in the event of technical difficulties.
The link to view the webcast will be a Zoom link, which is an internet based program. If you are able to view and listen to videos via your computer you should be fine. An internet connection - broadband or wireless (3G or 4G/LTE) is suggested. We recommend that you allow yourself additional time to connect in the event of technical difficulties.
Supported Operating Systems
- Mac OS X with MacOS 10.6.8 / (Snow Leopars) or later.
- Windows 10.
- Windows 8 or 8.1.
- Windows 7.
- Windows Vista with SP1 or later.
- Windows XP with SP3 or later.
If you have any questions in reference to connecting to the webcast, please do not hesitate to contact us at 1-800-666-7737.
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 the Center for Family Intervention Science (CFIS). CFIS was founded in 1996 and has received funding from NIMH, SAMSHA, CDC, CSAT and several private foundations. CFIS is dedicated to the development; testing and dissemination of Attachment-Based Family Therapy (ABFT) for depressed and suicidal youth. ABFT has been rigorously tested in several clinical trials and process research studies and now enjoys the distinction of being an empirically supported treatment on SAMHSA's NREPP web site. Diamond is also the lead developer of the Behavioral Health Screening (BHS) tool, a web based tool for mental health and non-mental health settings. The BHS is in primary care, emergency rooms, schools and college health and mental health centers. Along with his co-authors, Drs. Gary Diamond and Suzanne Levy, Diamond has written the first book on ABFT, Attachment-Based Family Therapy for Depressed Adolescents, published by the American Psychological Association on October 2014.
Suzanne Levy, PhD
Suzanne Levy, PhD, is a licensed clinical psychologist and training director of the ABFT Training Program at Drexel University's College of Nursing and Health Professions. Levy is a co-developer of Attachment-Based Family Therapy (ABFT). ABFT is the only 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, Levy has been conducting ABFT training workshops and supervision for therapists nationally and internationally. She also over sees ABFT treatment in Drexel's Center for Family Intervention Science's clinical trials. She has presented regionally, nationally, and internationally on ABFT, emotion coaching, child and adolescent therapies, resilience, adolescent depression, adolescent development, and adolescent substance use. Levy has presented at 100s of workshops, conferences and invited lectures, as well as in college classrooms. Along with her colleagues, Drs. Guy and Gary Diamond, Levy has written the first book on ABFT, Attachment-Based Family Therapy for Depressed Adolescents published by the American Psychological Association.
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. 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, Russon 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. Russon is a certified ABFT trainer and a supervisor in training and provides instruction and supervision to doctoral students learning ABFT.
***Many states accept APA CEs for Social Workers, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists, and Licensed Professional Counselors. Some states also accept other state board's CEs. Please check with your local licensing board to verify CEs you can use.***
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 hours of continuing education.
PA State Board LMFT/LCSW/LSW/LPC
Drexel University's Counseling 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 for6 CEUs. 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.
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.
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.
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