Attachment Based Family Therapy for Adolescent Depression & Suicide

Williamsroad and Drexel University have partnered to provide training in ABFT for psychologists, social workers, child & adolescent psychiatrists, mental health nurses, school counsellors, and other professionals working with children and adolescents.

Attachment Based Family Therapy for Adolescent Depression & Suicide: Level 1

3-day Introductory Workshop: 15, 16 and 17 March, 2018
Presenter: Professor Gary Diamond, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, and Associate Professor at Drexel University, College of Nursing and Health Professionals

Attachment Based Family Therapy (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.

This introductory course provides training and certification in the ABFT model, and includes training notes. Level 1 is suitable for professionals who work with young people with depression and/or suicide and self- harming behaviors, including:

  • Social workers
  • Psychologists
  • Child and adolescent psychiatrists
  • Mental health nurses
  • Counsellors

Gary M. Diamond, PhD. is Professor and Chair of the Department of Psychology at Ben-Gurion University, is one of the primary developers of Attachment Based Family Therapy. He is a licensed clinical psychologist and family therapist. 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.

Attachment Based Family Therapy for Adolescent Depression & Suicide: Level 2

3-day Advanced Workshop: Not running in 2018
Presenter: Professor Guy Diamond, Drexel University, Couple and Family Therapy Department

This workshop is a follow-up advanced intensive supervision workshop, and includes training notes. Guy Diamond will provide supervision via video review, live supervision and role-play.Therapists are encouraged to bring tapes of ABFT sessions.

  • Attendance is strictly limited to 30 people.
  • The Level 2 course is appropriate for those who have already completed the Level 1 course.
  • It is strongly recommended that Level 1 graduates practice the techniqes for several months before undertaking Level 2 training.
  • ABFT Level 2 includes a supervision component, which must be completed before a participant can be accredited at Level 2.

Guy Diamond 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 and the Director of the PhD program in Couple and Family Therapy. Family Intervention Science 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 recently became the Director of the PhD program for the Couple and Family Therapy program at Drexel. The new program aims to train the next generation of family intervention scientist who can bring more empirical support to family therapy and help disseminate it into the health care environment.

2018 Prices (including GST)

Level 1: March 15, 16 & 17, 2018
Level 2: N/A 2018
$1200 Full price (No discount available for Williamsroad students/graduates.)