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:
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:
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Refreshing to see evidence-based therapy generated from attachment theory! - Amanda L Carver, MEd, CCC, RP
Very good. Clear, interesting, integrated theoretical models. - Paula Catalan, LCPC, CP
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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.