Creating Connections 2016 Online - Attachment-Based Family Therapy: Navigating Relational Reframes

  • Download Available by December 1, 2016
  • Presented by Attachment-Based Family Therapy: Navigating Relational Reframes
  • $49 per person
  • 1.5 CE Hours (available for $20 after the event through R. Cassidy)

Attachment-Based Family Therapy: Navigating Relational Reframes


Family therapists have increasingly turned to attachment theory to understand

a) individual and familial development;

b) negative interactional cycles that reinforce distress; and c) clinical strategies for resolving interpersonal conflict. Attachment theory views intrapsychic development and interpersonal experience as intimately linked in an on-going interactional process. This theory also helps family therapists understand how the emotional needs for connection and acknowledgement often drive behavior. Attachment-Based Family Therapy (ABFT), an empirically supported model, uses attachment theory to facilitate conversations about core attachment ruptures that block parent-child trust, thus undermining the day to day functioning of familial relationships. ABFT is structured into five treatment tasks: relational reframing, alliance building with the adolescent, alliance building with the parent(s), attachment repairing, and promoting autonomy. This workshop will provide an overview of all five tasks, but will focus on teaching clinical skills specific to the relational reframe. In the first session, these skills refocus therapy on relationship enhancement, rather than individual symptom management. Videos, and small group discussions will help participants learn these skills.


  • To discuss how attachment and emotional processing theories can inform family therapy
  • To understand the overarching clinical framework and goals of
  • To review the empirical support and clinical evidence for the practice of
  • To learn the purpose and structure of the five treatment tasks
  • To gain therapeutic skills that focus on interpersonal growth rather than behavioral management

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