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Self-Study Master Class

Attachment Focused Treatment:
Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy
48 hour

Approved by the Attachment-Focused Treatment Institute

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Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy



Training Outline

          * Differential use of components of Practice in different phases of treatment
          * Treatment with different populations and circumstances
           * Experiential components of training
           * Consultation

This workshop covers required core training content for training, as described on the Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy Institute website and Attachment-Focused Treatment Institute website to meet the requirements to apply for the Practicum to become a Certified Attachment-Focused Psychotherapist, Certified Attachment-Focused Family Therapist, and Certified Attachment-Focused Professional.  


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Section A and B Skype Classes

The workshop covers all the "Required Core Training Content" of the Attachment-Focused Treatment Institute and Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy Institute. Completion of this course will allow the applicant to enter the practicum to become a Certified Attachment-Focused Therapist or Family Therapist. The use of SKYPE will allow remote participants to learn how to use Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy in their work. Participants may register for the full 56 hours or for Part A or Part B alone.


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Sections A and B.


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Professional Workshops for Agencies

Adoption, Foster Care and Attachment

Each workshop or training event is specifically tailored to the particular needs and requirements of each organization. We work with your training committee or program manager to prepare a training outline that will provide your staff with the desired outcomes needed.

Half-day, full-day, or multi-day programs are arranged, based on your organizations specific requirements. Multi-day programs can be provided in one continuous block or can be broken up into smaller segments spread over several months.

  • Assessment and Evaluation

  • Basic Principles of Treatment

  • Creating Capacity for Attachment

  • Attachment-Facilitating Parenting

  • Attachment-Based Treatment in Residential Treatment

  • Attachment-Based Foster Care

  • Child-Welfare Programming and Policy: Implications of Attachment Theory on Practice

  • Educating children with Trauma-Attachment Disorders

  • Master Class: Training for Practitioners to practice Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy

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Master Class in Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy

This six-day workshop will provide the therapist with an opportunity to learn and practice effective treatment methods of trauma-attachment disordered children. The workshop is offered one Saturday a month over six-months at the Center For Family Development and can be provided at your location in a format and schedule to meet your needs.

Participants are encouraged to bring in videotapes of sessions or to make arrangements to have a family attend a session for a consultation with the therapist and Dr. Becker-Weidman.

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LEVEL II Advanced Class

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Dyadic Developmental Therapy®
(An attachment-based therapy)

Training for Therapists in the Treatment of Children with Trauma-Attachment Problems

This class is for therapists who are treating trauma-attachment disordered children and adults.  It is expected that participants will have previously attended a workshop about Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy.  It is expected that participants will have a working knowledge of attachment, how it develops, how attachment disorders develop, and a general knowledge of treatment principals. 


Center For Family Development
5820 Main Street
Williamsville, NY 14221
[I-90 to Exit 49; north, left, on Transit Rd (RT 78); West, left, on Main St. (RT 5)]
716 636 6243

Participants can participate either in person or by SKYPE conference call.  Dr. Becker-Weidman will arrange the conference call.  If you must miss a session, you will have the opportunity to make up that hour at another time.  Each participant will purchase sessions in blocks of three so that each group has continuity of membership.  During the third session of the block of three, the participants who wish to continue, will schedule another block of three sessions and pay for those three sessions ($300). 

Outline, Purpose, & Schedule

Each group is Limited to 5.
The specific dates will be based on participants’ schedules. 
Each participant will have one hour in which to discuss a case, present a DVD or video-tape, or to discuss an issue or topic of interest to the participant.  The other participants will be able to listen in and participate in the discussion.  Participants may participate in-person or by SKYPE Conference Call.

Suggested Reading

You will find the following list of books helpful.  It is strongly recommended that you read the first.  This will ensure that everyone has a solid foundation of common knowledge.  

  • Creating Capacity: Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy in the Treatment of Trauma-Attachment Disorders, Eds., Arthur Becker-Weidman, Ph.D., Deborah Shell, MA, LCMHC, Wood ‘N’ Barnes, 2005.
  • Handbook of Attachment: Theory, Research, and Clinical Applications.  Edited by Jude Cassidy and Phillip Shaver.  The Guilford Press, 2008.
  • Building the Bonds of Attachment. 2nd. Ed.  Daniel Hughes, Ph.D., 2006
  • Attachment Across the Life Cycle.  Edited by Colin Murray Parkes, Joan Stevenson-Hinde, and Peter Marris.  Routledge, 1991.
  • A Secure Base.  John Bowlby, Basic Books, NY, 1988.
  • John Bowlby & Attachment Theory.  Jeremy Holmes, Routledge, NY, 1993.
  • Attachment-Focused Family Therapy.  Daniel Hughes, Norton, 2007.