Attachment-Based Family Therapy (ABFT) Introductory Workshop
Length: 3 hours
Exam Items: 8
This program was originally webcast live April 15, 2016, and is now available on-demand.
This workshop will review the theory, research and clinical strategies of Attachment-Based Family Therapy (ABFT). ABFT is a manualized, empirically supported family therapy, designed to target family and individual processes associated with adolescent depression and suicide. Tested with diverse clients with a range of SES, ethnicity, sexual orientation, and trauma histories, ABFT is a trust-based, emotion-focused, process oriented, brief therapy. The model is organized by five treatment tasks that provide an organized yet flexible road map to facilitate the repairing of interpersonal ruptures that have damaged interpersonal trust. Outcomes focus on rebuilding emotionally protective, secure parent-child relationships which can reduce problems in the home (e.g. parent child conflict) or buffer against stressors outside the home (e.g., bullying, school failure).
Learning Objective 1
Describe how attachment theory directly informs ABFT intervention.
Learning Objective 2
Describe the five treatment tasks and how they facilitate the therapy.
Learning Objective 3
Describe how to facilitate in vivo, corrective attachment experiences that challenge negative interpersonal expectations, improve emotion regulation and foster more attachment promoting parent adolescent interactions.
Presenter: Guy S. Diamond, PhD
Dr. Diamond is Professor Emeritus at the University of Pennsylvania and an Associate Professor at Drexel University where he is the Director of the Center for Family Intervention Science and the Director of the Family Therapy Ph.D program. He has been the principal investigator on numerous Federal, state and foundation grants and has published widely on published widely on adolescent and family focused treatment outcome and process research. His work has mainly focused on the development, testing and dissemination of Attachment base family therapy and the Behavioral Health Screen, a web-based application for mental health screening in medical and school settings.
- ABFT PowerPoint Slides
- ABFT with a 13 Year-Old-Girl Presenting with High Risk for Suicide