Attachment-Based Family Therapy for Adolescent Depression, Suicidality, and Trauma

Presented by Guy Diamond, PhD on 11-18-2016 at 9 a.m. Pacific (noon Eastern)

Family therapists have increasingly turned to attachment theory to understand individual and familial development, negative interactional cycles that reinforce distress, and clinical strategies for resolving interpersonal conflict. Attachment theory views intrapsychic development and interpersonal experience as intimately linked in an ongoing, transitional interaction. The interactions between family members affect how each person feels about themselves as well as others. This, in turn, affects how family members interact with one another. 

Attachment theory also helps family therapists understand how the emotional needs for connection and acknowledgment often drive behavior. In this way, attachment and emotional processing theories have become key to cutting-edge clinical practice. Attachment-Based Family Therapy (ABFT) has put these theories into practice. This empirically-supported model uses attachment theory to facilitate conversations about core attachment ruptures that are blocking parent-child trust, thus undermining the day-to-day functioning of familial relationships. 

In this two-hour continuing education web conference, Dr. Guy Diamond will explain the deeply interpersonal and trauma-focused ABFT model, which is structured to allow therapists to help family members discuss core interpersonal problems in a brief therapy context .Dr. Diamond will highlight the five treatment tasks that structure ABFT:

  • relational reframing
  • alliance building with the adolescent
  • alliance building with the parent(s)
  • attachment repairing
  • promoting autonomy 

Dr. Diamond will describe how each task has a clinical map and goals to guide the therapist’s interventions while also sharing the clinical strategies needed to deliver them.

This introductory instructional level course is designed to help clinicians:

  1. Explain how attachment and emotional processing theories can inform family therapy. 
  2. Outline the overarching clinical framework and goals of ABFT.
  3. Discuss empirical support and clinical evidence for the practice of ABFT and the five treatment tasks.
  4. Recognize the need to focus therapy on interpersonal growth rather than behavioral management.
  5. Apply specific strategies for facilitating the repair of interpersonal ruptures.

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How the Web Conference Works

Before the scheduled event, all registered attendees will be sent a reminder email from GoodTherapy.org with specific instructions on how to log in to the web conference center, as well as links to optional handout materials if applicable. 

To attend the event, registered attendees will log in to the web conference center using a computer or device (smartphone or tablet with internet access) and calling in to the teleconference line on a phone. Attendees will be able to ask live audio questions via phone and/or submit text chat questions via their computer or device. Attendees who are logged in to the event center will be able to see live streaming video and/or document sharing. Alternatively, attendees may dial in to the teleconference line only, though attendees dialing in by phone only will be unable to ask questions. 

At the conclusion of this event, participants will receive an email with information about how to request a CE certificate in the GoodTherapy.org Member's Area. To confirm attendance, participants must enter the start and end codes announced at the beginning and end of the live presentation. Participants will also be prompted to complete an online survey evaluating the event. Participants will need to complete this online survey within six days after the event. Once completed, participants will be able to download a copy of their CE certificate instantly. 

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Continuing Education (CE) Information

Two CE credits will be provided by GoodTherapy.org for attending this web conference in its entirety.

GoodTherapy.org is an Approved Education Provider by NAADAC, The Association for Addiction Professionals (provider #135463). Of the eight counselor skill groups ascribed to by NAADAC, this course is classified within counseling services.

GoodTherapy.org has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 6380. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. GoodTherapy.org is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.

This organization, GoodTherapy.org, provider #1352, is approved as a provider for social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) www.aswb.org through the Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. GoodTherapy.org maintains responsibility for the program. ASWB Approval Period: March 30, 2016 through March 30, 2019. Social workers should contact their regulatory board to determine course approval for continuing education credits. Social workers participating in this course will receive two clinical continuing education clock hours.

GoodTherapy.org is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. GoodTherapy.org maintains responsibility for this program and its content and is solely responsible for all aspects of the program.

GoodTherapy.org, SW CPE is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #0395.

Registration Information

This web conference is available at no cost to GoodTherapy.org members.

Meet the Presenter

Guy Diamond, PhD

Guy Diamond, PhD

Guy Diamond, PhD 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 PhD program. Dr. Diamond has been the principal investigator on numerous federal, state, and foundation grants and has published widely on adolescent and family-focused treatment outcomes and process research. 

Dr. Diamond's work has mainly focused on the development, testing, and dissemination of Attachment-Based Family Therapy (ABFT) and the Behavioral Health Screen, a web-based application for mental health screening in medical and school settings. 

For more information about Dr. Diamond and Attachment-Based Family Therapy, please visit here. For information about additional training in ABFT, please visit www.abfttraining.com.

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    GoodTherapy.org is Approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. GoodTherapy.org maintains responsibility for this program and its content. APA approval applies to all events listed after May 2011.
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    GoodTherapy.org has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 6380. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. GoodTherapy.org is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.
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    This course has been approved by GoodTherapy.org, as a NAADAC Approved Education Provider, for educational credits. NAADAC Provider #135463. GoodTherapy.org is responsible for all aspects of their programming.
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    GoodTherapy.org, provider #1352, is approved as a provider for social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) www.aswb.org through the Approved Continuing Education (ACE) Program. GoodTherapy.org maintains responsibility for the program. ASWB Approval Period: 03/30/2016 – 03/30/2019. Social workers should contact their regulatory board to determine course approval for continuing education credits. Social workers participating in this course will receive 2 clinical continuing education clock hours.
  • GoodTherapy.org, SW CPE is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #0395.