ABFT 1–Day Workshop


Workshop Description:

Through the use of lecture, case studies, videos and discussion this introductory workshop reviews the theory, research and clinical strategies of Attachment-Based Family Therapy (ABFT).  ABFT is the only manualized, empirically supported family therapy designed to target family and individual processes associated with adolescent depression, suicide, and dispositional anxiety.  Tested with diverse families, including low-income and minority families, ABFT is a trust-based, emotion-focused, process oriented, brief therapy. The model is organized by five treatment tasks that provide therapist intentionality and directionality. Participants will learn to use this model to help families repair interpersonal ruptures that have damaged trust and rebuild emotionally protective, secure parent–child relationships.  Faculty review how attachment theory, emotion regulation and trauma resolution inform the delivery of this experiential treatment approach. We also review the goals and structure of the five treatment tasks that provide a road map for delivering this interpersonally focused psychotherapy effectively and rapidly.

As a result of taking this training, you will learn:

  • Provide an overview of the ABFT model including theoretical principles and clinical strategies
  • Discuss the theoretical foundation of ABFT
  • Describe the five treatment task structure of the model
  • Describe how to organize therapy around interpersonal growth rather than behavioral management.

Participants working in the following fields will benefit from this training:

  • Mental health providers
  • Allied professionals and clergy
  • Students and interns
  • Family clinic staff
  • Professors/teachers of family therapy
  • Researchers in the social sciences
  • Employee assistance professionals
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