Attachment Based Family Therapy for Adolescent Depression

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This training is approved by the Association for Family Therapy & Systemic Practice

Attachment Based Family Therapy for Adolescent Depression


First London Training

Provided by the department of Couple and Family Therapy Drexel University College of Medicine Behavioural Heath Education.



Dr Guy Diamond is Co-Author of Attachment-Based Family Therapy for Depressed Adolescents, Director of Family intervention Science as well as PhD Programme in Couple and Family Therapy at Drexel University’s College of Nursing and Health.


Training Information



Following the success of the first UK training for ABFT by its developers at Exeter University in September 2016, we are pleased to be offering a second opportunity to take part on the training course, by its developers. ABFT for adolescent depression is the only manualised, empirically supported family therapy model designed to target family and individual processes associated with adolescent suicide and depression. ABFT emerges from interpersonal theories that suggest adolescent depression can be precipitated, exacerbated but also protected against by the quality of family relationships. It is a trust-based, emotion focused psychotherapy model that aims to repair interpersonal ruptures and rebuild emotionally protective, secure-based parent-child relationships. Because of its evidence base, ABFT is one of the models taught within the CYP-IAPT Systemic Family Practice curriculum.

Treatment is characterised by:

Reframing the therapy to focus on interpersonal development                                                                               

Building alliances with adolescent and parents
Facilitating conversations to resolve attachment ruptures
Promoting adolescent autonomy and competency

This is an introductory training participants can attend the first introductory day or the full three day training. The first day will provide a road map for delivering this experiential approach. Days two and three will provide a more in depth look at the procedures and processes involved in facilitating the therapy. There will be tape review, case discussion and role play. The three day workshop is the beginning of a two year accredited training. Further training opportunities may be available in future for those wishing to become accredited in ABFT.


Who is the training for?

Clinicians who have been introduced to ABFT, Family Therapists, Psychotherapists interested in developing their attachment based practice, couple therapists, psychologists, counsellors, social workers and psychiatrists.


Date and venue

Monday 22nd May - Wednesday 24th May 2017

  • One day overview workshop on 22nd May ONLY. 
  • May 22nd - 24th (inclusive) three day training workshop.


Training is to be held at the Better Bankside, Bankside Community Space, 18 Great Guildford Street, London. SE1 0FD.



The cost of either the one day or full three day training courses are outlined below:

Fee for one day workshop: £175    

Fee for full three day workshop: £450

Closing date for applications: 21st April 2017              

Please complete the following booking form and send to or post to: 

Sir Henry Wellcome Building, Psychology, College of Life and Environmental Sciences, University of Exeter, Perry Road, EX4 4QG.

Full three day attendance will be limited to 40 places. It is advisable to book early as we expect demand to be high.