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Diane has worked in or tangent to the child welfare, substance abuse, and mental health fields for many years. She has a Post Graduate Certificate in Adoption Therapy from Hunter College and recently finished the course work for a Ph.D. Candidate at Adelphi University. Diane remains ABD (all but dissertation).
While working in the child welfare field, she and her colleagues long ago noticed that some children who were in treatment failed to respond at all, even seeming to respond negatively to their treatment. In her search for answers, Diane began to attend trainings about attachment disorders. It was at one of those training opportunities in upstate New York that she met Dan Hughes, Ph.D. and asked who was providing similar treatment on Long Island. After learner there was no one, she subsequently brought Dr. Hughes to Long Island in 1998 for a conference on attachment disorders and became advanced-level trained by him.
For many years, Diane has been providing Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy, also now known as Attachment-Focused Family Therapy, to children and their families in the Long Island area. This intervention is largely psychodynamic, although there is some influence of Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT), in particular the work of Marsha Linehan, and is an integrated approach to treating these troubled children and families.
Diane remembers a time when she seemed to be one of the only people who spoke of attachment and the importance of early environment and relationships. She now happily reports that she cannot seem to go to a seminar or training opportunity without seeing attachment and trauma as topics for workshops. Diane reports that the children and parents with whom she has worked, both adoptive and birth, have continued to validate her commitment to attachment work. Diane also has had the opportunity to view the importance of attachment and early childhood to the advent of substance abuse, posttraumatic stress, and violence (both as victim and perpetrator).