Corrective Attachment Therapy

Scientific Rating:
NR
Not able to be Rated
See scale of 1-5
Child Welfare System Relevance Level:
High
See descriptions of 3 levels

About This Program

The information in this program outline is provided by the program representative and edited by the CEBC staff. Corrective Attachment Therapy has been reviewed by the CEBC in the area of: Attachment Interventions (Child & Adolescent), but lacks the necessary research evidence to be given a Scientific Rating.

Target Population: Children adopted from foster care or foreign orphanages or biological children who have failed to develop secure attachments

For children/adolescents ages: 0 – 21

Brief Description

Corrective Attachment Therapy is an intensive outpatient program (IOP) that consists of 30 hours of therapy (3 hours per day for 10 consecutive business days). A team of 2 to 5 therapists work with each family. The program is holistic and integrative relying on a variety of experiential and didactic components.

Program Goals:

The overall goals of Corrective Attachment Therapy are:

  • Facilitate secure attachment in the parent-child relationship
    • Address the child’s trauma
    • Address attachment disorder
    • Address negative belief systems about self and others
  • Enhance secure attachments
    • Increase trust
    • Increase affection and intimacy
    • Increase communication and reciprocity
    • Reduce anger and negative patterns of relating
  • Reduce negative relationship patterns in family relationships
    • Work through sibling issues
    • Enhance stability
    • Support the family from inside and outside
    • Facilitate a climate of hope, joy, and positivity
  • Teach parents specific parenting skills and attitudes effective with this population
  • Address the parents’ historical and current issues that are unresolved, thereby preventing healthy family functioning

Essential Components

The essential components of Corrective Attachment Therapy include that it is:

  • Systematic: Attachment develops in the context of overlapping relationship systems, including parent-child, marital, family, extended kin, and community.
  • Holistic and integrative: Treatment is focused on mind, body, behaviors, emotions, relationships, and morality. Therapeutic interventions and strategies are varied – experiential, psychoeducational, cognitive, and skill-based. The holistic approach is based on the concept that many factors interact to create both health and dysfunction:
    • Attachment trauma is first revisited to address core issues.
    • Next, revisions are facilitated, in belief systems, choices, relationship patterns, and coping skills.
    • Lastly, revitalization includes celebrating achievements, cementing positive changes, and enhancing hope for the future.

Child/Adolescent Services

Corrective Attachment Therapy directly provides services to children/adolescents and addresses the following:

  • Self-destructive, lack of impulse control, aggression, irresponsible, stealing, lying, lack of cause-and-effect thinking, victim mentality, mood changes
Services Involve Family/Support Structures:

This program involves the family or other support systems in the individual's treatment: The parents are either in the room with the child or watching the child’s session on closed-circuit TV.

Delivery Setting

This program is typically conducted in a(n):

  • Outpatient Clinic

Homework

Corrective Attachment Therapy includes a homework component:

Parents are asked to practice corrective attachment parenting skills

Languages

Corrective Attachment Therapy has materials available in a language other than English:

Japanese

For information on which materials are available in this language, please check on the program's website or contact the program representative (contact information is listed at the bottom of this page).

Resources Needed to Run Program

The typical resources for implementing the program are:

Sound-proofing, one-way mirror, or video

Minimum Provider Qualifications

Master’s degree in a social science

Education and Training Resources

There is a manual that describes how to implement this program, and there is training available for this program.

Training Contact:
Training is obtained:

Internships and externships are available onsite. Therapists participate as interns in a 2-week Intensive Outpatient Program. 1 and 2-day seminars are also available around the country.

Number of days/hours:

Internship/externship is 2 weeks. Seminars are 1 to 2 days.

Relevant Published, Peer-Reviewed Research

This program has been reviewed and it was determined that this program lacks the type of published, peer-reviewed research that meets the CEBC criteria for a scientific rating of 1 – 5. Therefore, the program has been given the classification of "NR - Not able to be Rated." It was reviewed because it was identified by the topic expert as a program being used in the field, or it is being marketed and/or used in California with children receiving services from child welfare or related systems and their parents/caregivers. Some programs that are not rated may have published, peer-reviewed research that does not meet the above stated criteria or may have eligible studies that have not yet been published in the peer-reviewed literature. For more information on the "NR - Not able to be Rated" classification, please see the Scientific Rating Scale.

Child Welfare Outcomes: Not Specified

Currently, there are no published, peer-reviewed research studies for Corrective Attachment Therapy.

References

No reference materials are currently available for Corrective Attachment Therapy.

Contact Information

Name: Terry M. Levy, PhD
Agency/Affiliation: Evergreen Psychotherapy Center/Attachment Treatment and Training Institute
Website: www.evergreenpsychotherapycenter.com/treatment
Email:
Phone: (866) 674-4029
Fax: (303) 674-4078

Date Research Evidence Last Reviewed by CEBC: May 2014

Date Program Content Last Reviewed by Program Staff: March 2016

Date Program Originally Loaded onto CEBC: June 2014