Cedar Create

Continuing Professional Development (CPD)

Cedar and Cedar Create offer a wide-ranging portfolio of CPD courses to support individual and service development.

Many of our CPD courses are open to the public, while some are for specific professional communities.

Click an event below for details of who it is for, how to register, and booking fees (where applicable).

We can also offer bespoke training packages and CPD events that are tailored to you and your team. If you would like to discuss this, please get in touch.


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Introduction to Attachment Based Care for Teams (ABC4T)

November 16, 2023 @ 1:30 pm - November 17, 2023 @ 4:30 pm

This two x half-day CPD will provide an overview of the Attachment Based Care for Teams (ABC4T) model. This is an international collaboration between Cedar Create (University of Exeter) and the ABFT Training International Institute.

    • Thursday 16th November, 13:30-16:30 (overview of the model)
    • Wednesday 22nd November, 13:30-16:30 (application of the model)

In order to make this available to as many professionals as possible, the training will take place on Zoom.

Places are limited and will be allocated on a first come, first served basis so please get in touch if you are interested in attending via createprojects-cedar@exeter.ac.uk.

What is ABC4T?

ABC4T is a training programme for the entire staff of a treatment facility. It uses a trauma informed, attachment promoting clinical framework and attachment theory as an overall program philosophy.

The model makes the Milieu experience more clinically consistent with the therapy interventions. It is designed to build strong team collaboration across all disciplines and increase the role of parents in the treatment process.

It also helps caregivers and staff members to be a secure base for children and young people (CYP) to support their developing autonomy and competency.


The ABC4T Program helps the entire staff to take a more psychotherapeutic approach to milieu management, in contrast to the more typical behavioural management models.

While managing safety is critical, an attachment-based lens, is grounded in trauma informed care models. This helps staff understand patient behaviours as emerging from unmet interpersonal needs that are poorly expressed. Conflicts and resistance become therapeutic opportunities rather than barriers to treatment.

The course is suitable for

All multidisciplinary staff working in adolescent inpatient units, including but not limited to, administrators, doctors, educators, nurses, therapists, line and support staff.


Suzanne Levy, Ph.D.

Co-Developer of ABFT, ABFT Training International Institute

Suzanne Levy, Ph.D., is an internationally renowned licensed clinical psychologist and co-developer of ABFT.  Previously she was the Executive Director of Strategic Initiatives and Training of the ABFT Training Program at Drexel University’s College of Nursing and Health Professions. Since 2007, Dr. Levy has been conducting ABFT training workshops and supervision for therapists nationally and internationally. She has presented regionally, nationally, and internationally on ABFT, emotion coaching, child and adolescent therapies, resilience, adolescent depression, adolescent development, and adolescent substance use.

Professor Hannah Sherbersky

Deputy Director of Cedar, University of Exeter and CEO, Association for Family Therapy (AFT)

As the CEO of the Association for Family Therapy (AFT), Hannah is passionately committed to the delivery of excellent therapeutic services to young people, couples and their families. As an accredited Systemic Family Psychotherapist, Hannah has over 25 years’ of experience working within the mental health service; originally as a mental health nurse and then Systemic Family Psychotherapist, Co-Director of the Systemic Portfolio and now Deputy Director of PGT programmes at the University of Exeter. Hannah worked as Lead Family Therapist at an adolescent in-patient unit for nine years.

Bram Lambrechts

Co-trainer, ABC4T

Team-coordinator and patient counsellor. Currently working with young people within the transitional age group (16y-20y). Organising patient-centred care based on the attachment framework for teams.




November 16, 2023 @ 1:30 pm
November 17, 2023 @ 4:30 pm


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