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EFFT
Emotionally Focused
family Therapy

A practical approach to engaging families at an emotional level

EFFT is an attachment-based approach that combines both systemic and experiential interventions to mend broken bonds and heal fractured families. EFFT therapists focus on the emotional experience within a family and the problem patterns that block family members from accessing the resources they would otherwise share. A primary goal of EFFT is to reduce problematic behaviour by creating new patterns of emotional accessibility and responsiveness that offer a secure base for children to develop and families to thrive. EFFT provides a practical approach to engaging families at an emotional level. Accessing, processing, and connecting family members through the power of emotional experience promotes healing and fosters a family’s resilience to the everyday and unexpected challenges of life.

In EFFT you’ll learn a powerful transformative approach that is foundational in helping parents and children who are struggling with remaining securely attached.

Modality

Family Therapy

Features

This workshop demonstrates how the EFT model of working with couples is extended and modified to fit the family context. Attention is given to how EFT practice with families is different and what additional skills are needed. For example, how to process parental blocks to emotional accessibility and responsiveness while also keeping the child safe is a dynamic we’ll address.

EFFT Course Objectives

  • These workshops combine didactic instruction, experiential exercises, and case examples to demonstrate the practice of EFFT.
  • Participants are encouraged to bring examples from their casework to explore the application of EFFT to their own practice.
  • When possible, live demonstration sessions are included.

EFFT Lv1

Participation in EFFT Level 1 will enable you to:

1. Conceptualize family distress using theories of emotion and attachment.

2. Delineate key practices of EFFT from EFT work with couples.

3. Identify the stages and markers of change in the EFFT approach.

4. Identify therapist practices that promote a working alliance with parents and children.

5. Gain strategies for strengthening parental ownership of the EFFT process.

6. Practice key interventions common to processing attachment related affect.

7. Examine a 5-step sequence for accessing and working with emotion in family relationships.

8. Analyze parent child interactions using EFT practices to work through specific relational blocks.

9. Practice enactments used to restructure new patterns of interaction promoting new levels of safety and security in the family.

10. Identify differences in applying EFFT to treatment of stepfamily relationships.

11. Explore the relationship of secure attachment to family patterns of resilience.

EFFT Lv2

Participation in EFFT Level 2 will enable you to:

1. Formulate a treatment plan guided by evaluation of family distress and EFFT goals.

2. Describe alliance practices that promote family engagement in treatment.

3. Identify safety and contraindications for EFFT practice and conjoint practice.

4. Differentiate EFFT change events and related therapist interventions.

5. Role-play EFFT interventions skills that promote parental buy-in to systemic intervention.

6. Utilize an attachment frame in reframing family patterns.

7. Apply practices to process relational blocks to parental openness and child vulnerability.

8. Demonstrate skills in accessing and assembling emotion associated with family distress.

9. Show the use of enactments to engage and process attachment related emotions and needs.

10. Examine the impact of corrective experiences throughout multiple family relationships.

11. Explain EFFT practices necessary in treating divorce and remarried considerations in family treatment.

Building on the foundations of EFFT Level 1, Level 2 focuses on increasing your competence in EFFT assessment and treatment practices that guide families through resolving relationship blocks and developing more secure familial bonds. Level 2 concentrates on specific practices for working through negative patterns, accessing and deepening emotional experience to promote corrective emotional experiences in family relationships. Video examples and practice exercises provide opportunities for you to observe EFFT in action and deepen your understanding and skill in this innovative approach to transforming family distress.

Summary

Over two-days, you’ll learn EFT’s transformative approach that restores connection and strengthens resilience as families grow to deepen closeness and gain flexibility in relationships across generations.

Duration: 2 days, 7 hours per day (includes breaks)

CE Credits: 12 hours

Readings

Required Reading

  • Emotionally Focused Family Therapy: Restoring Connection and Promoting Resilience” by James L. Furrow, Gail Palmer, Susan M. Johnson, George Faller, Lisa Palmer-Olsen, 2019.

Recommended Reading

  • Attachment Theory in Practice: Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) with Individuals, Couples, and Families” by Dr. Susan M. Johnson, 2019.
  • Becoming an Emotionally Focused Therapist: The Workbook (2nd Edition)” by James L. Furrow, Susan M. Johnson, Brent Bradley, Lorrie L. Brubacher, T. Leanne Campbell, Veronica Kallos-Lilly, Gail Palmer, Kathryn Rheem, Scott R. Woolley, 2022.

Certification Track

This training does not currently lead to becoming a certified EFT Therapist. All participants will receive a certificate of completion. For more information on becoming a Certified EFT Therapist, please visit the ICEEFT website.

Upcoming EFFT Courses

EFFT courses starting in the next six months

23 - 24 February

Emotionally Focused family Therapy (Level 1) – Feb, 2023
  • C.E. Credits: Continuing education credits are available for this event. Further information coming soon.
  • Required Reading:
    • “Emotionally Focused Family Therapy: Restoring Connection and Promoting Resilience” by James L. Furrow, Gail Palmer, Susan M. Johnson, George Faller, Lisa Palmer-Olsen, 2019.
  • Recommended Reading:
    • "Attachment Theory in Practice: Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) with Individuals, Couples, and Families" by Dr. Susan M. Johnson, 2019.
    • "Becoming an Emotionally Focused Therapist: The Workbook (2nd Edition)" by James L. Furrow, Susan M. Johnson, Brent Bradley, Lorrie L. Brubacher, T. Leanne Campbell, Veronica Kallos-Lilly, Gail Palmer, Kathryn Rheem, Scott R. Woolley, 2022.

13 - 14 April

Emotionally Focused family Therapy (Level 1) – Apr, 2023
  • C.E. Credits: Continuing education credits are available for this event. Further information coming soon.
  • Required Reading:
    • “Emotionally Focused Family Therapy: Restoring Connection and Promoting Resilience” by James L. Furrow, Gail Palmer, Susan M. Johnson, George Faller, Lisa Palmer-Olsen, 2019.
  • Recommended Reading:
    • "Attachment Theory in Practice: Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) with Individuals, Couples, and Families" by Dr. Susan M. Johnson, 2019.
    • "Becoming an Emotionally Focused Therapist: The Workbook (2nd Edition)" by James L. Furrow, Susan M. Johnson, Brent Bradley, Lorrie L. Brubacher, T. Leanne Campbell, Veronica Kallos-Lilly, Gail Palmer, Kathryn Rheem, Scott R. Woolley, 2022.

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