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' This user has studied at State University of New York at Buffalo, University of Maryland at Baltimore, University of Maryland at College Park, and University of Connecticut.
' This user has studied at University of Maryland at College Park Institute for Child Study.
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I am also known as Dr. Art on the internet and by the families and children I work with.

About Me

I am a licensed mental health clinician.

I am a member of several professional associations, including the Association for the Treatment and Training in the Attachment of Children ( and serve as chair of their Registration Committee for clinical and agency members.

I am licensed in several of the United States and have achieved Dipolmate status with the American Board of Psychological Specialities in Child Psychology and Forensic Psychology. I am a Diplomate of the American College of Forensic Examiners. I am also a Registered Clinician with the Association for the Treatment and Training in the Attachment of Children.

As Director for the Center for Family Development ( I provide evaluations and treatment for families, focusing on those with histories of early maltreatment, Complex Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Reactive Attachment Disorder, and related conditions. I work extensively with a number of Child Welfare agencies through out the U.S., Canada, and overseas providing training, consultation, and evaluations. I am often called upon to testify as an expert witness in court proceeding regarding the evaluation and treatment of children and other mental health matters across the United States.

I provide professional training workshops and programs for therapists, mental health clinics, school systems, residential treatment centers, and governmental agencies in the United States, Canada, and overseas.

I have published a number of articles in professional peer-reviewed journals on a variety of topics:

Drug Abuse Treatment

Adolescent Drug Abuse

Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy

Attachment theory

Attachment disorder

Reactive attachment disorder

Complex post-traumatic stress disorder

Effective treatment for children and teens with complex trauma who have histories of chronic maltreatment


  • "Adolescent Substance Abuse: Family Dynamics." Family Therapy, X, 1983, pp. 47-55.
  • Psychological Differentiation and Locus of Control Among Compul¬sive Adolescent Substance Abusers and Their Parents. (Doctoral Dissertation, University of Maryland, 1983.) Dissertation Abstracts International, 44, 3948-B. (University Microfilms DA8405718)
  • "The Compulsive Adolescent Substance Abuser: Psychological Differentiation and Family Process." Journal of Drug Education, 13 (2), 1983, pp. 161-173.
  • "Comparing Individual and Family Treatment Modalities." In Changing Values: Implications for Family Policy and Practice: Proceedings of the Second Annual Family Service Canada Confer¬ence, 1984, pp. 110-121.
  • "Relationships Between Locus of Control and Psychological Dif¬ferentiation Among Compulsive Adolescent Substance Abusers." Alcoholism, 2, 1985, pp. 87-96.
  • "Family Therapy with Chemically Dependent Adolescents." Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment, 2, 1985, pp. 97-107.
  • "Family Therapy with Violent Couples." Social Casework, 67, April 1986, pp. 211-219.
  • "Substance Abusing Adolescents in Family Therapy." International Journal of Family Psychiatry, 8, 1987, pp. 221-229.
  • "Family Therapy and Reductions in Treatment Dropout in a Residen¬tial Therapeutic community for Chemically Dependent Adolescents." Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment, 4(1), 1987.
  • "Family Therapy and the TC: The Chemically Dependent Adolescent", in The Chemically Dependent: Phases of Treatment and Recovery edited by Barbara C. Wallace, Brunner/Mazel, Inc., New York, 1992.
  • "A Time of Need and A Vision of Hope." Journal of Jewish Communal Services, Spring, 1994.
  • "Staples: Office Supply Superstore Industry Analysis." Case Western Reserve University, Weatherhead School of Management Case Publications, 1996.
  • "Child and Family Development and Adoption." European Adoption News, Volume 5, #4, p48, 1998.
  • "Child & Family Development and Adoption: How Child Development and Family Development are Affected When a Child Joins the Family by Adoption." Mental Health World. 1998, pp. 3-4.
  • "Managed Behavioral Health: Quality and Costs, Incompatible or Congruent?" Mental Health World, submitted for publication, March 1998.
  • "Attachment & Bonding: usual development, signs of difficulty, and treatment." Adoption Resource Network’s 8th. Annual Conference, November 6, 1999.
  • "Adoption’s Impact on Child and Family Development." Adoption Resource Network’s 8th. Annual Conference, November 6, 1999.
  • "When Temper Tantrums Become a Way of Life." Adoptive Families, January/February 2001, pp 47-48.
  • "Notes on Attachment." Fostering Families Today, April 2001 edition.
  • "Notes On Attachment." Mental Health World, vol. 9 #2, Summer 2001, pp 1-4.
  • "Child Abuse and Neglect: Effects on child development, brain development, psychopathology, and interpersonal relationships." Mental Health World, vol. 10, issue 2, Summer 2002.
  • "Handling Homework Battles." Parent Connection, November/December 2002.
  • "Beyond the Pale: Answers to the questions we’re not supposed to ask." Contributing author, Edited by Mary Massaro, Diogenes Publishing, 2003.
  • "Child Abuse and Neglect: Effects on child development, brain development, psychopathology, and interpersonal relationships." Therapeutic Child Protective Work, Vol. 1 #3, November 2003, pp 9-16, 2003.
  • "Subtle signs of attachment sensitivities in adopted children." Healing, Vol. 9, #1, pp 14 – 15, Spring/Summer 2004.
  • "Parenting: A mother’s Letter Shows There is Hope for Families." Connections, July 2004.
  • "Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy." in Attachment Disorder Resource Book, As Simple As That Foundation, August 2004.
  • "Recognizing Attachment Concerns." Adoption Today, pp. 62-63. December/January 2005.
  • "Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy: A multi-year follow-up...Preliminary Summary Findings." Connections, June 2005.
  • "Creating Capacity for Attachment: Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy in the Treatment of Trauma-Attachment Disorders." Arthur Becker-Weidman, Ph.D., & Debra Shell, (Eds.) Woods N Barnes publishing, Oklahoma City, OK, 2005.
  • "Treatment for Children with Trauma-Attachment Disorders: Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy." Child and Adolescent Social Work Journal. Vol. 23 #2, April 2006, 147-171.
  • "Subtle and Not So Subtle Signs of Attachment Problems." in, Adoption Parenting: Creating a Toolbox, Building Connections, Jean MacLeod & Sheena Macrea, Ph.D., (Eds.), EMK Press, NJ, 2006.
  • "Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy: A multi-year Follow-up." New Developments In Child Abuse Research, Stanley M. Sturt, Ph.D. (Ed.) Nova Science Publishers, NY, pp. 43 -- 61, 2006.
  • "Activities to Facilitate Attachment." Attachment and the Adopted Child. #48, p. 7, 2006.
  • "What is Attachment?" In Adoption Now, Adoption UK (Ed.), Adoption UK, Banbury, Oxen, UK, pp. 14-17, 2006.
  • "Who is at risk?" In Adoption Now, Adoption UK (Ed.), Adoption UK, Banbury, Oxen, UK, pp. 17-19, 2006.
  • "Treatment For Children with Reactive Attachment Disorder: Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy." Child and Adolescent Mental Health. Published article online: 21-Nov-2006 doi: 10.1111/j.1475-3588.2006.00428.x
  • "Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy." Journal of Marital and Family Therapy. In Press.
  • "Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy: An evidence-based treatment for children with complex trauma and disorders of attachment." manuscript submitted for publication 2007.


My areas of expertise and my areas of interest are:

If you want to contact me you can just leave a message on my talk page or e-mail me.

To do

  1. . Edit At Me for ch & ad.
  2. . Edit RAD per discussion.
  3. . Add new articles per the list
  4. . I don't like red links and delete those links that lead no where and that are not relevant.
  5. Upload images for new pages:
  • Step 1: To upload an image first save it to your computer.
    • To save it from Wikipedia click on an image to open it then right click the description in blue below the picture and select "save target as" and I save it to a wikiimage folder so I can easily find it.
  • Step 2: Create link. In the edit box of your page make the link using the form thumb (take out first colon) if you have copied the article from wikipedia this link is already there.
  • Step 3:Save the page and click on the link in the article which brings up the upload box
  • Step 4: Upload the picture. Browse to your file and double click so it is selected into the box then press the upload button.
    • You can also use the "upload file" link from the toolbox on the righthand panel.

editing items

redirect: #REDIRECT Cognitive behavioral therapy

Articles I've worked on

  1. John Bowlby
  2. Attachment Theory
  3. Reactive Attachment Disorder
  4. Attachment disorder
  5. Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy
  6. Complex post traumatic stress disorder

And other pages in the fields of child and adolescent treatment and psychology

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