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Attachment-Based Family Therapy for Depressed and Suicidal Youth

Presented By: Jody Russon, Ph.D., LMFT

PCOM 4170 City Avenue Philadelphia, PA, 19131

Time:8:30am to 12pm

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3.0 CE

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Attachment-Based Family Therapy is an empirically supported model for depressed and suicidal youth (Diamond, Diamond & Levy, 2014; NREPP, 2013). This approach aims to improve the family’s capacity for problem solving, affect regulation, and organization. In this presentation, the instructor will use lecture, videotape review, case presentations and discussion to a) provide theoretical and empirical background for the approach; b) introduce the five core treatment tasks of the model.


1.    Explain the theoretical foundation of ABFT  

2.    Describe the body of outcome research supporting the model  

3.    Discuss the purpose of each of the five treatment tasks

4.    Define the goals and processes of the relational reframe in Task 1

5.    Identify at least two intervention statements to help families talk about relationship processes in Task 1

Jody Russon, PhD, LMFT is a research associate and adjunct faculty member at the Center for Family Intervention Science and Counseling and Family Therapy Department at Drexel University. Dr. Russon recently received a grant from the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention to conduct an implementation study modifying Attachment-Based Family Therapy (ABFT) for LGBTQ+ community agencies. Clinically, Dr. Russon is interested in attachment-informed therapies and is attentive to cultural issues in clinical practice- specifically surrounding gender and sexual identity. She has received advanced training in Emotionally-Focused Therapy (EFT) for couples and is an instructor in the Person-of-the-Therapist training model. Dr. Russon is a certified ABFT supervisor and trainer.