Certification in Attachment-Focused Treatment
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

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Steps to Become Certified

There are two components to certification. The first is completion of the required number of approved training hours (48), which can be completed through the Zoom Master Class.

The second is the consultation component in which the applicant's work is reviewed to assess how the material is being applied in practice.

Visit our sister site, The Attachment-Focused Treatment Institute for more detailed information.

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

716 636 6243

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

Any clinician who is a Registered Clinician with ATTACh does not have to submit an application to the Attachment-Focused Treatment Institute to begin the practicum to become a Certified Attachment-Focused Family Therapist or a Certified Attachment-Focused Psychotherapist. 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 Family Therapist or Psychotherapist, all you need to do is email your request to Aweidman@gmail.com to begin the Practicum and then select your consultant!