Co-sponsored by ISC Internatio- nal and the ABFT Training Pro- gram at the Center for Family Intervention Science at Drexel University ABFT is a only manualized, empirically informed family therapy model specifically designed to target family and individual processes associated with adolescent suicide and depression. ABFT emerges from interpersonal theories that suggest adolescent depression and suicide can be preci-pitated, exacerbated or buffered against by the quality of interpersonal relationships in families. It is a trust-based, emotion-focused psychotherapy model that aims to repair interpersonal ruptures and rebuild an emotionally protective, secure-ba-sed parent–child relationship.
Treatment is characterized by five treatment tasks:
• Reframing the therapy to focus on interpersonal development • Building alliance with the adolescent
• Building alliance with the parents
• Facilitating conversations to resolve attachment ruptures • Promoting autonomy and competency in the adolescent.
Workshops and webinars are appropriate for be-ginning, intermediate and advanced
levels of training.
Overview of the ABFT Workshop
This is an ABFT workshop presented by the Drexel ABFT Training Program. On Day One, we will offer an overview of the model including theoretical principles and clinical strategies. Faculty will review how attach-ment theory, emotion regulation, and trauma resolu-tion 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. Enrollment for Day One is unli-mited (as permitted by space).
Teaching format on Day One includes lecture and vi-deo examples. For those interested in more intensive training, Days Two and Three provide a more in-depth look at the procedures and process involved in facili-tating the therapy. The teaching format includes lectu-re, video tape review, case discussion, and role play. There is limited enrollment for these two days and no student price.
The full three-day workshop is the beginning of a one-year credentialing program for those interested in ongoing supervision. Commitment to continue is not required for participation.