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ABFT Online University Graduate Student Training Program – Brief Course

ABFT Online University Graduate Student Training Program – Brief Course 

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General Information to Professors

Are you interested in incorporating some focused training on an empirically supported family therapy treatment model into your student curriculum or program?
Would you like to train your students in specific clinical skills?
The ABFT Training Program has created an Online University Graduate Student Training Program to allow you to facilitate teaching ABFT to your graduate students. 

Course Description

The 9 to 11-hour version of this program is equivalent to the 1-day/Day one ABFT Introductory Workshop.  It is designed to be used as 7 weeks of a semester course or as a special topics course outside of the standard curriculum.

Details about the course

  1. Total time is approximately 9-11 hours.
  2. A professor proctors the course. This includes organizing students and location, verifying student attendance, running technology.
  3. The professor is invited for free to attend one of the three day introductory ABFT workshops either in Philadelphia or at some other location that is sponsoring a workshop.
  4. The professor facilitates the class sessions which entails showing the 6 pre-recorded lectures (40-60 minutes long).
  5. Professors facilitate a review of 7, 6-8 minute recorded ABFT therapy excerpts for each task (time to review excerpts is 20-40 minutes).A training manual is provided which highlights essential ABFT principles and strategies demonstrated in the therapy session recording excerpts.
  6. The ABFT Training Program provides one “live” Q & A session with an ABFT Trainer/Supervisor during the course. Students can prepare questions for this session throughout the course.
  7. Each student is required to read the ABFT book.
  8. A program evaluation process is included with the program.This consists of a simple pre and post evaluation tool to demonstrate increased knowledge. Local professors are free to add any additional evaluation tools.
  9. A certificate of completion of the 1-day ABFT Introductory Course is provided at the end of the course to students (if they pass the post test at 80%)

Professor Requirements

We recommend that professors attend our 3-day introductory workshop to become more familiar with the course content. Admission to the 3-day workshop at Drexel University is free for professors teaching the course (a $475 value).

Eligibility to take the course

  • Students must be enrolled in a graduate program pursuing a degree in the mental health field (art therapy, counseling, couples and family therapy, creative movement therapy, music therapy, psychology, psychiatry, psychiatric nursing, social work etc.).
  • A professor must be willing to facilitate the course with students.
  • A minimum of 7 students are required to initiate the course.

Program Topics

  • ABFT Theory and Empirical Support
  • ABFT Model and Task I: Relational Frame
  • Task II: Alliance Building with the Adolescent
  • Task III: Alliance Building with the Parent
  • Task IV: Attachment Task
  • Task V: Autonomy Promoting Task

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Lecture 1: ABFT Theory and Empirical Support

Lecture 2: ABFT Model and Task 1 Relational Reframe

Lecture 3: ABFT Task 2 Adolescent Alliance

Lecture 4: ABFT Task 3 Parent Alliance

Lecture 5: ABFT Task 4 Attachment Task

Lecture 6: ABFT Task 5 Promoting Autonomy



$99 per student for the 6 lectures (minimum of 7 students), plus supplementary recorded therapy excerpts, live Q&A, and professor training manual.

There is no training requirement or implementation cost to the professor.

All students and the professor must register for the course.

Students will receive a “Certificate of Completion” of the 1-day ABFT Introductory Course is provided at the end of the course to students (if they pass the post test at 80%)


Hotel and Travel Info

This course is virtual and on demand.


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. Dr. 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, Dr. 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
Dr. Suzanne Levy is a licensed clinical psychologist and training director of the ABFT Training Program at Drexel University’s Center for Family Intervention Science. Dr. 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, Dr. 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.  Dr. Levy has presented at 100’s of workshops, conferences, and invited lectures, as well as in college classrooms.  Along with her colleagues, Drs. Guy and Gary Diamond, Dr. Levy has written the first book on ABFT, Attachment-Based Family Therapy for Depressed Adolescents published by the American Psychological Association.


This course is designed for students.


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