The Spring 2023 workshop is being offered as 6 half-day webinars.
ABFT Advanced Workshop
April 20-21, 27-28 & May 4-5
Two Tracks Offered:
---Track 1: 9:00am-12:45pm ET
---Track 2: 1:00pm-4:45pm ET
Co-sponsored by the Center for Family Intervention Science, the Department of Counseling and Family Therapy at Drexel University College of Nursing and Health Professions and Drexel University College of Medicine Behavioral Health Education.
ABFT Advanced Workshop
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 Advanced Workshop
The Advanced Workshop is appropriate for those who have attended the full Attachment Based Family Therapy Introductory 3-day workshop in the past. The Advanced Workshop will further develop the skills of therapists who have started using ABFT with their clients. The advanced training is a follow-up, intensive, workshop with some didactic presentations. Participants will learn about the use of emotion-focused skills in the context of ABFT as well as discuss and explore person of the therapist issues impacting one's work. During the advanced training, a certified ABFT trainer provides supervision via live supervision (when possible), and role-play. In preparation for the training, we ask therapists to think about their biggest challenges in utilizing ABFT with families in Tasks 1-5. We can arrange live supervision for those therapists local to Philadelphia when possible.
The ABFT advanced workshop is intended for Counselors, Couples and Family Therapists, Mental Health Professionals Psychiatrists, Psychologists, Psychotherapists, and Social Workers who have attended the 3-day/Two-Part ABFT introductory workshop.
Webinar 1: Person of the Therapist in ABFT
Webinar 2: Emotion Focused Therapy Skills
Webinar 3: Task 1: Relational Reframe
Webinar 4: Task 2: Adolescent Alliance
Webinar 5: Task 3: Parent Alliance
Webinar 6: Task 4: Repairing Attachment & Task 5: Autonomy Promoting Task
Regular Registration --- $475
Drexel Faculty & Student Registration*--- $425
*Proof of student status required
Psychologist CE - $35 per certificate
PA State Board LMFT/LCSW/LSW/LPC - $25 per certificate
Certificate of Attendance
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.
Hotel and Travel Info
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 either 9am or 1pm EST depending on which track you choose. 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.
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.
Continuing Education Information
***Many states accept Psychologist 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.***
This program is being offered for 6.5, 13.25 or 19.75 hours of continuing education.
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.
PA State Board LMFT/LCSW/LSW/LPC
Drexel University 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: 21 CEUs for all three days. A Certificate of Participation will be emailed after the workshop to all who attend and follow protocol for registration and evaluation forms.
Drexel University Counseling 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.
Purpose: The Advanced Workshop will further develop the skills of therapists who have started using ABFT with their clients.
At the completion of the workshop participants should be able to:
- Discuss therapist fears and barriers in implementing ABFT.
- Explain how to access one’s own woundedness.
- Identify how one’s own person of the therapist (POTT) issues may promote and/or inhibit working with attachment in families.
- Discuss the purpose of deepening emotions in ABFT.
- Describe how to use the “self” to deepen emotion.
- List at least 5 emotional deepening techniques used in ABFT.
- Demonstrate how to deepen emotion when facilitating the relational reframe session.
- Discuss how to manage common challenges when engaging families in the relational reframe.
- Specify how to elicit and deepen emotion in the attachment narrative. Identify the importance of exploring the content of relational ruptures to deepen emotion.
- Describe barriers and solutions experienced when working in sessions alone with young people.
- Demonstrate how to deepen emotion when eliciting the attachment narrative.
- Discuss how to work with couples in the context of ABFT.
- Explain how to manage caregiver resistance in sessions alone with them.
- Identify how POTT issues may impact working with caregivers.
- Describe how to manage defensiveness in attachment repair sessions.
- Demonstrate how to use emotion deepening techniques when coaching an attachment repair session.
- Specify how to manage challenges experienced when facilitating the autonomy promoting task.
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.
Register for Spring 2023 Course Online Here