My Approach to Helping
I begin, with the client, determining the focus of therapy and the primary issues to be addressed. Our clinic focuses on relationships and attachment as the basis for health and healing. We work with families to resolve past traumas and resolve the pain and distortions created by past maltreatment. Before we begin treatment, we complete a thorough evaluation so that all issues and causes are considered. We focus on the causes not surface symptoms, since the same behavior may have different causes and, thus, require different treatment.
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Arthur Becker-Weidman, PhD, graduated with a PhD from the University of Maryland Institute for Child Study. He achieved Diplomate status in both Forensic Psychology and Child Psychology for the American Board of Psychological Specialties, as well as a member of the American College of Forensic Examiners.
Dr. Becker-Weidman has significant training in the treatment and evaluation of children dealing with attachment disorders, alcohol-related neurological dysfunction (ARND) (including fetal alcohol syndrome, often known as FAS), Developmental Trauma Disorder, also known as Complex Trauma, and similar conditions. He is a certified therapist, consultant, and trainer in Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy, an evidence-based treatment for trauma and disorders of attachment, by the Attachment Focused Treatment Institute and the Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy Institute.
For more than two decades, Dr. Becker-Weidman has treated families, offering them assistance through challenging times with practical wisdom. The author of more than a dozen scholarly works and an in-demand speaker at regional, national, international, local, and professional meetings, Dr. Becker-Weidman has concentrated his research and education on adoptive family and adolescent development. Dr. Becker-Weidman writes about the treatment and evaluation of foster and adopted children and their families, with particular interest in complex trauma and alcohol-related neurological dysfunction (fetal alcohol syndrome). He is the author of six books and several DVDs:
Becker-Weidman, A., (2007). Assessing Children with Complex Trauma and Disorders, 2-DVD set, Williamsville, NY: Center For Family Development, ASIN: 0982288301 2007.
Creating Capacity for Attachment: Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy in the Treatment of Trauma-Attachment Disorders. Arthur Becker-Weidman, Ph.D., & Debra Shell, (Eds.) Woods N Barnes publishing, Oklahoma City, OK, 2005/2008/2011.
Becker-Weidman, A., & Hughes, D., (2010) "Introduction to Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy," 4-DVD set. Williamsville, NY: Center For Family Development.
Becker-Weidman, A., (2010), "Assessing Caregiver Reflective Capacity, Commitment, Insightfulness, and Sensitivity," 2-DVD set. Williamsville, NY: Center For Family Development.
Becker-Weidman, A., & Shell, D., (Eds.) (2010), Attachment Parenting: Developing Connections and Healing Children, Lanham, MD: Jason Aronson.
Becker-Weidman, A., (2010), Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy: Essential Practices & Methods, Lanham, MD: Jason Aronson.
Becker-Weidman, A., (Ed.) (2011), Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy: A Casebook of Practice, Lanham, MD: Jason Aronson.
Becker-Weidman, A., Lebow, D., Ehrlman, L., (Eds) (2012) Attachment-focused Therapy: Key Principles & Treatment Planning, NY: Norton.
Becker-Weidman, A., (2012) "Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy: An Evidence-Based Treatment," In Psychotherapy: New Research, Nova Science Publishers: Hauppauge, NY.
Becker-Weidman, A., (2012) The Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy Primer, Williamsville, NY: Century.
He offers workshops and training sessions throughout the U.S., and internationally. He regularly offers consultations to professionals and parents, Departments of Social Services, mental health clinics, and residential treatment centers in the U.S., Canada, and abroad. He has published more than a dozen peer-reviewed papers in professional journals. The results of empirical studies testing the effectiveness of dyadic developmental psychotherapy, the primary approach Dr. Becker-Weidman uses, are available in several papers. Dr. Becker-Weidman is frequently called upon to be an expert witness is cases involving foster care, adoption, child-custody, as well as criminal matters.
Dr. Becker-Weidman is Director of the Center For Family Development with offices in upstate NY and New York City. He was the founder and first president of the Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy Institute and is the director of the Attachment-Focused Treatment Institute, a program of the Graduate Counseling program at the Academy for Human Development. He is a peer-reviewer for several professional journals.