Attachment Based Family Therapy for Adolescent Depression & Suicide

Williamsroad and Drexel University partner 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

November 18-20 2019, 9am-5pm
'The Church', cnr McGreggor road and Main Street, Pakenham
Presenter: Suzanne A. Levy, Ph.D, Clinical Director, ABFT Training Program Center for Family Interventions, Drexel University

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

Dr. Suzanne Levy, PhD. 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). Dr. Levy has been conducting ABFT training workshops and supervision for therapists nationally and internationally since 2007. She has presented regionally, nationally, and internationally on ABFT, emotion coaching, child and adolescent therapies, resilience, adolescent depression, adolescent development, and adolescent substance use. 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.

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

November 21-23 2019, 9am-5pm
WRFTC, 298 Hawthorn Rd, Caulfield
Presenter: Suzanne A. Levy, Ph.D, Clinical Director, ABFT Training Program Center for Family Interventions, Drexel University

This workshop is a follow-up advanced intensive supervision workshop, and includes training notes. Suzanne Levy 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 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.

Dr. Suzanne Levy, PhD. 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). Dr. Levy has been conducting ABFT training workshops and supervision for therapists nationally and internationally since 2007. She has presented regionally, nationally, and internationally on ABFT, emotion coaching, child and adolescent therapies, resilience, adolescent depression, adolescent development, and adolescent substance use. 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.