Arthur Becker-Weidman, Ph.D. received his MSW from the University of Maryland at Baltimore and his Ph.D. from the University of Maryland’s Institute for Child Study. He has achieved Diplomat Status in Child Psychology and Forensic Psychology from the American Board of Psychological Specialties. He is a Registered Clinician with the Association for the Treatment and Training in the Attachment of Children.
Dr. Becker-Weidman has been treating the families of adoptive and foster children for over two decades. He is Director of The Center For Family Development, an internationally recognized treatment and training center. He consults with Department’s of Social Services, Residential Treatment Centers, Governments, Mental Health Clinics, and therapists throughout the US, Canada, Singapore, Bermuda, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, and Finland. Dr. Becker-Weidman’s work has focused on the evaluation and treatment of adopted and foster children and their families, Complex-Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, and Alcohol Related Neurological Dysfunction (Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder or FAS). He provides training and workshops to parents and professionals across the U.S. and internationally. He has consulted with the Canadian government in Ontario, various state and county governments in the US, and with the government of Singapore. The results of two empirical studies demonstrating the effectiveness of the approach he practices, Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy, can be found in several other publications in professional peer-reviewed publications.
Dr. Becker-Weidman has published over a dozen papers in peer-reviewed professional journals and has presented at numerous international, regional, and local professional meetings. He also has four DVD’s to his credit, “Principles of Attachment Parenting,” (2006); “Assessing Children with Complex Trauma and Attachment Disorder,” (2008); "Assessing Caregiver Reflective Capacity, Commitment, Insightfulness, and Sensitivity (2010), and "Introduction to Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy," with Dr. Hughes (2010) . He is the co-editor of the book, Creating Capacity for Attachment, published by Wood ‘N’ Barnes in 2005, second printing 2008 and Attachment Parenting, Jason Aronson, 2010. Dr. Becker-Weidman is author of the book, Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy: Essential Practices & Methods, Jason Aronson, 2010, which is a treatment manual describing the principles, components, and phases of treatment. His latest book, The Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy Casebook will be published in early 2011.
Dr. Becker-Weidman lives with his family in Williamsville, NY. He has three children, the youngest of whom as adopted from China fourteen years ago.