Certified Attachment-Focused Professionals
Attachment-Focused Professional

Contact the Institute's Director, Arthur Becker-Weidman, Ph.D., with questions regarding the Institute and to begin certification as a Certified Attachment-Focused Professional at:

716 636 6243

Certification as an Attachment-Focused Professional is for educators, social workers, therapeutic foster parents, occupational therapists, daycare workers, and residential treatment program staff. It is for those who provide parent education, coaching, teaching therapeutic parenting, and advice as well as others who wish to use the principles of attachment theory in their practice and who desire the recognition that certification provides.

This certification is intended to allow professionals to demonstrate the integration of principles and components of Attachment-Focused Therapy into their practice and work. Attachment-Focused Therapy is grounded in attachment theory, the neurobiology of interpersonal experience, and uses methods and principles from Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy.

Certification Steps

1. Application Process

a. The applicant must have completed the 48 hour Master Class training with a Certified Attachment-Focused Trainer. Other forms of training by others may be accepted upon submission of the credentials of the trainer, a detailed curriculum, and verification of completion of the other training.
b. Application fee - $104.
c. Signed Attestation Form.
d. A letter from your supervisor approving your participation in the Institute's certification program.

2. Practicum

a. After your application is accepted and approved, you will begin the second step of the certification program, the Practicum.
b. A minimum of four DVD's or tapes will be reviewed, with written feedback provided by a Certified Attachment-Focused Consultant to the applicant after each observation is reviewed. The observations should represent a sample of the applicants actual work and can either be "live" observations on site or recordings of interactions. It is expected that the application will apply the feedback received in subsequent observations. The fee for consultation is paid by the applicant.

Certification is valid for three years.

Mail all materials to the:
Attachment-Focused Treatment Institute
Arthur Becker-Weidman, Ph.D.
5692 Ferncrest Court
Unit D
Clarence Center, NY 14032