Attachment-Focused Treatment Institute
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The Attachment-Focused Treatment Institute was founded by Arthur Becker-Weidman, Ph.D., the Founder and Director of the Center for Family Development, to provide training and certification in treatment methods based on attachment theory. The Attachment-Focused Treatment Institute is a collaborative venture of the Academy For Human Development's Graduate Counseling Program and the Center For Family Development. The Attachment-Focused Treatment Institute certifies practitioners in Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy. CEU’s are awarded through the University and the Board of Psychology, Indiana.

Attachment-Focused Therapy includes psychotherapy, family therapy, and work by other professionals using the principles of attachment theory to guide interventions, treatment, and programs. Attachment-Focused Therapy is grounded in attachment theory, the neurobiology of interpersonal experience, and uses methods and principles from Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy.

Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy (DDP) is an evidence based, effective, and empirically validated treatment that is grounded in current thinking and research on the etiology and treatment of Complex Trauma or Developmental Trauma Disorder and Attachment Disorder. It is now recognized as a general approach to treatment. Therapy is primarily experiential.

The basic purpose of treatment is to help the child resolve a dysfunctional attachment and develop a healthy attachment. The goal is to help the child bond to the parents and to come to grips with the disappointment and anger at his/her first attachment figure(s) and their failure to parent (well). Said another way, the goal is to resolve the fear of loving and being loved. These children often have authority or control issues. Control, trust, and intimacy issues are prominent features of their pathology and the resolution of these issues is a major treatment objective.

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There are Four Certifications Offered

Certified Attachment-Focused Therapist

Certified Attachment-Focused Family Therapist

Certified Attachment-Focused Professional

Certified Attachment-Focused Organization

Steps to Become Certified

There are two components to certification.

The first is completion of the required number of approved training hours which can be completed through our 48 hour Master Class training by a Certified Attachment-Focused Trainer.

The second is the Practicum component in which the applicant's work is reviewed by a Certified Attachment-Focused Consultant to assess how the material is being applied in practice.

Certification by the Institute means that the professional has completed a comprehensive course of advanced study in the application of attachment theory and the latest advances in interpersonal neurobiology to treatment, parenting, programming, and practice.

Contact the Institute's Director, Arthur Becker-Weidman, Ph.D., with questions regarding the Institute and to start your Certification in Attachment-Focused Therapy at:

716 636 6243

NOTE: The Attachment-Focused Treatment Institute and ATTACh have begun a collaboration that will make it easier for clinicians to become a Certified Attachment-Focused Therapist or a Certified Attachment-Focused Family Therapist.

Clinicians who are Registered Clinicians with ATTACh do not have to submit an application to the Attachment-Focused Treatment Institute to begin the practicum to become a Certified Attachment-Focused Therapist or a Certified Attachment-Focused Family Therapist. In addition, the application fee to begin the practicum is waived. So, if you are a Registered Clinician with ATTACh and wish to begin the Practicum to become a Certified Attachment-Focused Therapist or a Certified Attachment-Focused Family Therapist, simply email your request to the Institute's Director, Arthur Becker-Weidman, Ph.D. to begin the Practicum and then select your Consultant.