Integrative Attachment Family Therapy

The Integrative Attachment Family Therapy (IAFT) Training Course, developed by family therapy expert and attachment specialist Dafna Lender, is a powerful intervention approach that addresses a wide array of issues that make their way to a therapist’s office: difficult behaviors on the part of the child, such as frequent arguments and tantrums, disobedience, and indifference; and reactive behaviors on the part of the parents, such as yelling, pleading, threatening, and giving up or giving in.

Instead of viewing the child as the problem, IAFT addresses the crux of the issue: a misalignment in the parent-child relationship. In this training course, Dafna walks students through the IAFT framework, providing therapeutic insight and concrete strategies to help families achieve meaningful and lasting change.

Whether you’re a clinician, child welfare worker, educator, or professional working with children in any capacity, this must-have resource will allow you to:

  • Create a strong alliance with parents―the crucial, and often missing, piece of therapeutic work with children
  • Overcome a host of complex, off-putting defenses and dysfunctions that come with working directly with parents
  • Uncover the reasons for the emotional misalignment between parent and child
  • Guide families in looking at the source of the problem rather than at superficial behaviors
  • Enhance children’s attachment security, resiliency, and sense of self
  • With this course, you can truly help families transform into happy and well-functioning environments where children can thrive.

Learn through clinical case analysis, role-playing, and practical exercises you can integrate into your practice and use on your own.

This program is offered at the introductory level. It is suitable for graduate-level learning and accessible to anyone interested in the subject. 

In preparation for the training, participants are encouraged to purchase and read the book Integrative Attachment Family Therapy: A Clinical Guide to Heal and Strengthen the Parent-Child Relationship through Play, Co-regulation, and Meaning-Making.

Virtual – Join from Home

6 hours of pre-recorded lectures +

6 hours of live practical sessions

Up to 12 CE credits attainable

Live session dates and times

Sign up now and start the 6-hour didactic program on your own beginning August 15, then join Dafna for four weeks of live stream, online, active, and practical sessions.

Live Sessions are from 12:00 – 1:30 p.m. Eastern Time (and are recorded)

Session 1: September 3

Session 2: September 10

Session 3: September 17

Session 4: September 24

Topic breakdown by session

Presented by

Dafna Lender, LCSW

Dafna Lender

Family therapy expert and attachment specialist Dafna Lender is an international trainer and supervisor for practitioners who work with children and families. She is a certified trainer and supervisor/consultant in both Theraplay and Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy (DDP) and an EMDR therapist. Dafna’s expertise is drawn from 25 years of working with families in many settings: at-risk after-school programs, therapeutic foster care, in-home crisis stabilization, residential care and private practice. Dafna’s style, whether as a therapist or teacher, is combining the light-hearted with the profound by bringing a playful, intense and passionate presence to every encounter.

Dafna is the author of Integrative Attachment Family Therapy (2023) and the co-author of Theraplay the Practitioner’s Guide (2020).  She teaches and supervises clinicians in 15 countries in 4 languages: English, Hebrew, French and Spanish.