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Attachment based family therapy (ABFT) is the only manualised, empirically-informed family therapy model specifically designed to target family and individual processes associated with adolescent suicide and depression.

Who should participate

Level 1: Introductory workshop

The introductory training to ABFT for adolescent depression and suicide is suitable for professionals who work with young people with depression and/or suicide and self- harming behaviors, including:

  • social workers
  • psychologists
  • child and adolescent psychiatrists
  • mental health nurses
  • counsellors
  • clinicians.

Level 2: Advanced workshop

The advanced training to ABFT for adolescent depression and suicide is suitable for those who have completed the introductory workshop.



Level 1: Introductory workshop

Christie Conference Centre
320 Adelaide Street
Brisbane Qld 4001

Level 2: Advanced workshop

QUT Executive Education Centre
B Block, Level 4
Gardens Point Campus
2 George Street
Brisbane Qld 4001


The workshops will run over three days (9am-5pm each day)


Registration fees include:

  • course materials
  • morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea.

Early-bird discount fee

  • 2015: $1,000 (GST included)

Standard fee

  • 2015: $1,200 (GST included)

Attachment-Based Family Therapy for Depressed Adolescents by Diamond, G., Diamond G., & Levy S. (2013), is the suggested supporting text, and is available from online bookstores.


For more information about course content, contact the Course Coordinator, Associate Professor Ingrid Wagner.

For registration or payment queries, contact Continuing Professional Education.

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The ABFT model 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.

Treatment is characterised by five treatment tasks:

  • re-framing 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.

Level 1: Introductory training to attachment based family therapy for adolescent depression and suicide

This three day workshop provides an introduction and overview of the ABFT model, including:

  • theoretical principles and clinical strategies
  • a review of how attachment theory emotion regulation and trauma resolution inform the delivery of this experiential treatment approach.

The training focuses on the implementation of the five treatment tasks to provide a road map for delivering this interpersonally-focused psychotherapy effectively and rapidly.

Course delivery

Teaching format includes lectures and video examples of tasks being implemented in clinical sessions.

Course outcomes

This workshop is the beginning of a two-year credentialing program. Participants who complete this training are eligible to apply for online group supervision (26 sessions, 1.5 hours duration) with ABFT trainers, and to attend advanced training workshop. However, commitment to continue training is not required for participation in the introductory workshop.

Level 2: Advanced training to attachment based family therapy for adolescent depression and suicide

This three day workshop is intended for clinicians who have completed level one training and have commenced using ABFT.

Course delivery

A certified ABFT trainer will provide supervision via video review, live supervision (when possible), and role-play.

Course preparation

In preparation for the training, participants are asked to provide either

  • a video recording from a session demonstrating one of the five treatment tasks
  • a case write-up for at least one of the cases with which they are using ABFT or think they could use ABFT.

We encourage participants to share their video recordings during the training. Guidelines on what should be included in write-ups will be provided.

About the presenter

Professor Gary M. Diamond is the Chair of the Department of Psychology at Ben-Gurion University, and is one of the primary developers of Attachment Based Family Therapy. He is a licensed clinical psychologist and family therapist. His research examines change mechanisms in family-based treatments, including the role of emotional processing, the therapeutic alliance and changes in parental behaviours. His primary focus is on developing family-based treatments for sexual minority individuals and their non-accepting parents.

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When you register for the course, you will create an account with us.

You'll be able to access your account, including your invoice, using your email address and password.

There are no payment plans available.

FEE-HELP and HECS-HELP are not available for Continuing Professional Education courses.


To cancel your registration, you must apply in writing to the Course Manager at Continuing Professional Education.

If you cancel before the course start date, you'll receive a full refund minus a $100 administration fee. Access to online course material will no longer be available when you cancel your registration.

No registration refunds will be made once the course has started (except in exceptional circumstances with supporting evidence).

We reserve the right to cancel the course under certain circumstances, such as low registration numbers. If this happens, we'll advise you as soon as possible, and give you a full refund. We are not responsible for any expenses you may have incurred if the course is cancelled.