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 - March 23-25, 2020
Drexel University Center City Campus
Room 1043, Three Parkway Building, 1601 Cherry Street
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 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 ABFT introductory workshop.
ABFT Emotion Focused Therapy Skills.
Person of the Therapist in ABFT.
Task 1: Relational Reframe.
Task 2: Adolescent Alliance.
Task 3: Parent Alliance.
Task 4: Repairing Attachment.
Task 5: Autonomy Promoting Task.
3-Day Regular Registration --- $475
3-Day Faculty & Student Registration*--- $425
*Proof of student status required
APA CE - $35 per certificate
PA State Board LMFT/LCSW/LSW/LPC - $25 per certificate
Coffee and refreshment breaks and lunch
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
This course will be held at Drexel in Center City Philadelphia, NOT on Drexel's main campus
Three Parkway Building, 1601 Cherry Street, Philadelphia, PA 19102
Discounted Hotel Rates - Drexel University has discounted rates with hotels in Philadelphia. Please visit our list of Hotels with Drexel University Discount Rates. Please note: discount rates based on availability.
Map of Preferred Hotels of Drexel University
Embassy Suites - 0.1 mile/5 minutes
Windsor Suites - 0.3 miles/7 minutes
Hampton Inn - 0.3 miles/6 minutes
Hilton Garden Inn - 0.3 miles/6 minutes
Home2 Suites - 0.5 miles/10 minutes
Sonesta - 0.6 miles/13 minutes
Loews Hotel - 0.6 miles/13 minutes
Union League - 0.6 miles/12 minutes
Club Quarters - 0.6 miles/ 13 minutes
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Directions to Drexel's Center City Campus
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.
***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 18.75 hours of continuing education.
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: 18.75 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:
- Recognize how to facilitate a relational reframe.
- Specify how to elicit the attachment narrative.
- Discuss how to facilitate an attachment session.
- Specify how to facilitate the autonomy promoting task.
- Describe when and how to deepen emotion throughout the therapy.
- Recognize how person of the therapist issues may promote and inhibit working with attachment in families.
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.