Attachment Based Family Therapy for Adolescent Depression and Suicide

Workshops facilitated by Suzanne Levy, PhD, Director ABFT Training Program, Drexel University College of Nursing and Health Professions

In collaboration with Queensland University of Technology’s School of Public Health and Social Work, and Queensland Health, Child and Youth Mental Health Services

Brisbane – Day 1: 30th April; Day 2: 1st May; Day 3: 2nd May 2014

at Christie Conference Centre, Cnr. Adelaide & Wharf Street, Brisbane.

Melbourne – Day 1: 5th May; Day 2: 6th May; Day 3: 7th May 2014

at Karstens Conference Centre, 123 Queen Street, Melbourne


ABFT is the only manualized, empirically informed family therapy model specifically designed for family and individual processes associated with adolescent suicide and depression. ABFT emerges from interpersonal theories that suggest adolescent depression and suicide can be precipitated, 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-based parent-child relationship.

Who Should Attend?

Social Workers, Psychologists, Couple and Family Therapists, Counsellors, Psychotherapists, Psychiatrists and Mental Health Nurses

DAY ONE – ideal for students and clinicians who are interested in learning about this family based approach -

Cost: F/T Student $125 + GST Early Bird $300.00 + GST Full Fee $400.00 + GST

Dr. Suzanne Levy provides an introduction and overview of the model including theoretical principles and clinical strategies; and a review of how attachment theory, emotion regulation, and trauma resolution inform the delivery of this experiential treatment approach. The goals and structure of the five treatment tasks that provide a road map for delivering this interpersonally focused psychotherapy effectively and rapidly will also be reviewed. The teaching format will include lecture and video examples.

DAYS ONE, TWO & THREE – LIMITED to 30 PARTICIPANTS – ideal for clinicians experienced in working with children and adolescents with knowledge of adolescent depression and suicidality and/or family therapy. Participants should purchase the manual Diamond, G., Diamond G., & Levy S. (2013) Attachment-Based Family Therapy for Depressed Adolescents which is available from online bookstores

Cost: Early Bird $950.00 + GST Full Fee $1,150.00 + GST (includes Day One)

The training delivered on these days will provide more in depth learning of the procedures and process involved in facilitating the therapy. The teaching format will include lecture, video review, case discussion and role play.

The full three day workshop is the beginning of a two year credentialing program. Those who have attended the three day training are eligible to apply for group supervision (26 session x 1.5 hrs) with the ABFT trainers in the USA in an online format, and the forthcoming Advanced Training Workshop. Commitment to continue is not required for participation in the current workshop.

Click here to Register

Academic enquiries: A/Professor Ingrid Wagner, School of Public Health and Social Work.


Posted at 12:42 pm 04 March 2014 in - Professional Training - Workshops - Events

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