The Attachment-Focused Treatment Institute
was founded by Arthur Becker-Weidman, Ph.D. to provide training and certification in treatment methods based on attachment theory. Attachment-Focused Treatment includes psychotherapy, family therapy, and work by other professionals using the principles of attachment theory to guide interventions, treatment, and programs.
Attachment-Focused Treatment is grounded in attachment theory, the neurobiology of interpersonal experience, and uses methods and principles from Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy.
Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy
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 disorders of attachment. It is now recognized as a general approach to treatment. Treatment is primarily experiential. Teaching parents about attachment-facilitating parenting methods and the importance of attunement and responsive, sensitive parenting is essential.
Certification in Attachment-Focused Treatment is offered in conjunction with the Academy of Human Development's Graduate Counseling program, a University in Singapore, and The Center for Family Development. CEU’s are awarded through the University and the Board of Psychology, Indiana.
There are four certifications offered:
DDP Certified Attachment-Focused Therapist
DDP Certified Attachment-Focused Family Therapist
DDP Certified Attachment-Focused Professional
DDP Certified Attachment-Focused Organization