The Catholic University of America

Continuing Education

For questions or additional information on Professional Education and Training, contact the office at 202-319-4388.

Interested in conducting a workshop? 

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 Attachment-Based Family Therapy Workshop

Guy Diamond, PhD  & Dr. Suzanne Levy

March 12-14, 2015

Great Room, Pryzbyla Center
Catholic University of America
620 Michigan Avenue NE
Washington, DC 20064

ABFT is the only manualized, empirically informed family therapy model specifically designed to target family and individual processes associated with adolescent suicide and depression. ABFT emerges from interpersonal theories that suggest adolescent depression and suicide can be precipitated, exacerbated or buffered against by the quality of interpersonal relationships in families. It is a trust-based, emotion-focused psychotherapy model that aims to repair interpersonal ruptures and rebuild an emotionally protective, secure-based parent-child relationship. Treatment is characterized by five treatment tasks:

  • Reframing the therapy to focus on interpersonal development
  • Building alliance with the adolescent
  • Building alliance with the parents
  • Facilitating conversations to resolve attachment ruptures
  • Promoting autonomy and competency in the adolescent.

 Program Topics

Day 1:

  • Introduction, Theory and Overview of ABFT
  • Task I: Relational Frame
  • Task II: Alliance Building with the Adolescent
  • Task III: Alliance Building with the Parent
  • Task IV: Attachment Task
  • Task V: Autonomy Promoting Task

Day 2:

  • Task I: Relational Frame – Video Review & Discussion
  • Task II: Relational Frame Role Play
  • Task III: Alliance Building with the Adolescent Alone Video Review & Discussion

Day 3:

  • Task I: Alliance Building with the Parent Alone Video Review & Discussion
  • Task II: Alliance Building with the Parent Alone Video & Discussion and role play
  • Task III: Attachment Task Video Review & Discussion
  • Task IV: Attachment Role Play
  • Task V: Autonomy Promoting Task Video & Discussion

March 12 - Day One (Thurs) only --- $130 (Students* and University Faculty --- $65)
March 13-14 - Days Two & Three (Fri & Sat) only --- $295**
March 12-14 - Days One, Two & Three (Thurs, Fri, & Sat) --- $425

*Proof of student status required
**Must have attended Day One of a previous Drexel ABFT Workshop

Certificate Fees
APA CE --- $35 per certificate
LMFT, LCSW, LSW & LPCs --- $15 per certificate




The trauma of sexual abuse: exploring ethical, cultural, policy and treatment modalities.

Presenter: Veronica Cruz, MSW, LCSW-C

Date: Friday, March 20, 2015

Time: 9am-4pm

Location: Pryzbyla Center, Room 351, The Catholic University of America

Cost: $120 ($100 for Field Instructors, $40 for Students)

CEU’s:  6

Description: This workshop will explore the trauma of sexual abuse from a systems and clinical perspective. Issues discussed will be the role of ethics, cultural competency, policy and direct treatment modalities. Current literature will be discussed and participants will be able to articulate the importance of exploring sexual trauma and the diverse components that are integral for program implementation. The presenter is a bi-cultural forensic social worker specialized in criminal defense mitigation, dual diagnosis, crisis intervention, addictions, trauma, and working with diverse ethnic groups.  This is an interactive workshop were cases vignettes will be presented and participants will work in a group setting. 


Title:  HIV in DC : A Snapshot of a Caseload in a Pediatric/Adolescent Program

Presenter:  Janet Osherow, MSW, LICSW

Date:  Friday, March 27, 2015

Hours:  9am to noon

CEU’s:  3 HIV

Cost: $60.00 ($40 for field instructors, $20 for students)

Location: Pryzbyla Center, Room 351, The Catholic University of America

Description: This workshop provides basic HIV knowledge to social workers and introduces the demographics and challenges of working with this unique population. Participants will be able to identify barriers to treatment, and techniques to increase  therapeutic support and success in client outcomes.


Relationship Enhancement Therapy for Couples and Families

Presenter: Robert F. Scuka, Ph.D., MSW, LCSW-C

Date: Monday,  April 13, 2015

Time: 9am-4pm

CEUs: 6

Cost: $120 ($100 for Field Instructors, $40 for Students)

Location: Pryzbyla Center,  The Catholic University of America

Description: RE Therapy combines a psychoeducational skills-training approach with deep emotional processing designed to transform couples and families’ negative patterns of interaction into positive, nurturing ones so as to facilitate deepened emotional connection and healing in ruptured relationships. The core RE skills focus on how to manage conflict effectively and how to dialogue in order to uncover clients’ most vital feelings, concerns and desires. This in turn empowers even the most distressed couples/families to resolve current and future problems on their own. An additional strength of RE Therapy is that it equalizes power within relationships, both between genders and across generations. RE Therapy is supported by 40 years of research that validates its clinical effectiveness. This workshop will introduce the theory and practice of RE therapy and demonstrate how the RE therapy process is used in clinical practice via videotaped therapy sessions, live demonstration and experiential practice. 


Anxiety Disorders in Children, adolescents and adults

Presenter:  Lisa Cullins, MD

Date: Friday April 17, 2015

Time noon-3pm

Cost: $60 ($40 for field instructors, $20 for students)

CEUs: 3

Location: The Catholic University of America, Caldwell Auditorium, Caldwell Hall

This workshop will offer an overview of Anxiety Disorders as they apply  to children, adolescents and adults. 

Areas for education and discussion will include:

  • Epidemiology
  • Assessment – signs & symptoms
  • Differential diagnoses, co-morbidities
  • Research update
  • Treatment – psychotherapies and psychotropic medications
  • Case discussions




Biomedical Ethics

Presenter: Paul Scherz, PhD

Date: April 24, 2015

Time: 9am -4pm

Location: The Catholic University of America, Pryzbyla Building Room 351

Cost: $120 ($100 for Field Instructors, $40 for Students)



This workshop will provide an overview of the principles and methods used for making in decisions in medical ethics. The presenter will draw on case studies from decisions made surrounding end-of-life care for group discussion and analysis. Topics will include the general bioethics principles of autonomy, beneficence, and justice; how these principles are applied in practice; how these principles are understood differently in certain medical settings using the example of Catholic health care systems; difficulties in the use of these principles; standards of surrogate decision-making; and controversial issues in end-of-life care. Participants will gain a better understanding of ethical thought surrounding health care decisions as well as the specific problems of end-of-life care.


Ethics and social media

Presenter: Eileen Dombo, MSW, PhD and Lisa Kays, MSW

Date: Friday, May 8, 2015

Time: 9am-4pm

Cost: $120 ($100 for Field Instructors, $40 for Students)

CEUs: 6 Ethics

Location: Pryzbyla Center, Great Room A, The Catholic University of America

Description: How is connecting with my friends online affecting how I connect with clients? Is Google playing a role in the therapeutic alliance? Are my clients following me, even on Twitter? This workshop will address the use of Facebook, Twitter, and other social media tools in the personal and professional life of the social worker. Issues of privacy, confidentiality, and ethics will be explored to address ways to assess personal use and minimize the risk of jeopardizing professionalism. Tips for managing your online presence will be given and clinical practice considerations will be addressed.




Registration Information
Online registration is available through our website. Look for the workshop you are interested in, and link to the registration site. Students and Field Instructors receive a discounted rate.
Phone registration is available. Please call 202-319-4388
Cancellation policy 
Refunds will be honored up to 1 week prior to the workshop, minus a $25.00 processing fee.  Substitution requests for an alternate workshop will also be considered.  Please contact Ellen Thursby at  Registrants will be notified if a workshop is cancelled due to low enrollment and registration fees will be fully refunded. Workshops will be cancelled if The Catholic University of America is closed due to inclement weather or other emergencies. Please check the website for information on closures.
On campus parking is very limited. It is best to use public transportation. CUA is located on the Red Line of the Metro, CUA/Brookland stop.
If you require any special accommodations, we will try to meet those needs. Please call at least 2 weeks prior to an event to make reasonable requests.
For more information, contact
Ellen Thursby, Director, Office of Field Education and Professional Development or Allyson Shaffer, Associate Director, Office of Field Education and Professional Development. Tel: 202-319-4388, or,