NCCEFT Fundraiser: Emotionally Focused Family Therapy:
Healing Relationships and Promoting Resilience
**PLEASE NOTE: change of venue and later start times**
Gail Palmer, MSW, RMFT, Co-director of ICEEFT
and James Furrow, PhD, Certified EFT Trainer
Emotionally Focused Family Therapy (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 behavior 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.
This workshop will demonstrate how the EFT model of working with couples is extended and modified to fit the family context. Attention will be 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 will be a dynamic addressed. Participants will learn a powerful transformative approach that is foundational in helping parents and children who are struggling with remaining securely attached.
This workshop will combine didactic instruction, experiential exercises, and case examples to demonstrate the practice of EFFT. Participants are encouraged ot bring examples from their casework to explore the application of EFFT to their own work. When possible, live demonstration sessions are included.
1. Conceptualize family distress using theories of emotion and attachment.
2. Identify the stages and markers of change in the EFFT approach.
3. Identify therapist practices that promote a working alliance with parents and children.
4. Practice key interventions common to processing attachment related affect.
5. Delineate key practices of EFFT from EFT work with couples.
6. Practice enactments used to restructure new patterns of interaction promoting new levels of safety and security in the family.
7. Explore the relationship of secure attachment to family patterns of resilience.
Gail Palmer, MSW, RMFT is one of the founding members of the Ottawa Couple and Family Institute and Co-Director of the International Center of Excellence in Emotionally Focused Therapy. She holds a Masters degree in Social Work and is a Registered Marriage and Family Therapist in Canada. Over the past 30 years, Gail has worked closely with Dr Sue Johnson, creator of Emotionally Focused Therapy, and is an experienced supervisor and trainer in EFT. She currently offers workshops, externships and core skills trainings to mental health professionals in a variety of different settings across the world. She chairs the ICEEFT Education Committee and is responsible for mentoring and training EFT trainers internationally. Gail is an adjunct faculty member at Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, Canada and a sessional lecturer at Oxford University, Oxford, England.
Gail has a particular interest in applying the model with work with families. For the past decade, Gail has been one of the lead EFT trainers who have developed and expanded on Sue Johnson’s EFFT method as described in Johnson, S.M. (2004) The Practice of Emotionally Focused Couple Therapy: Creating Connection. New York, NY: Brunner Routledge. This work has included EFFT trainings across North America, Europe and Australia/New Zealand, presentations at EFT summits, workshops at the Networker and AAMFT, publications in the EFFT workbook and casebook, articles in professional journals and the ICEEFT newsletter. Professionally, Gail’s primary passion is to help therapists who are both new to EFT and trained in EFT, to bring the powerful interventions and skills of this model to the family therapy room.
James Furrow, PhD is a recognized leader in the development and practice of Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) with couples and families. Together with EFT originator, Dr. Susan Johnson, Jim co-authored Becoming an EFT Therapist: The Workbook and The EFT Casebook, along with other works specific to the practice of EFT with couples and families. His presentations are well regarded nationally and internationally for their substantive, practical, and inspiring focus. Jim maintains an active research program studying the process of EFT and its outcome with couples and families. His research appears in Applied Developmental Science, Developmental Psychology, Journal of Couple and Relationship Therapy, Journal of Marital and Family Therapy, Journal of Systemic Therapies, and Psychology and Spirituality. Formerly Jim served as the Freed Professor of Marital and Family Therapy at Fuller Graduate School of Psychology where he trained psychologists and marital and family therapists in couple therapy for over two decades. He is a clinical fellow and an approved supervisor of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, a member of the National Council on Family Relations, and a Certified Family Life Educator. He is a certified EFT therapist, supervisor, and trainer.
9:30 AM - Registration/Check In; Mingling with Refreshments
10:00 AM - Training begins
1:30 PM - Lunch Break
2:45 PM - Training resumes
5:30 PM - Training ends
9:00 AM - Registration/Check In; Mingling with Refreshments
9:30 AM - Training resumes
1:30 PM - Lunch Break
2:45 PM - Training resumes
5:30 PM - Training ends
This training is appropriate for mental health practitioners who work with families and/or who want to expand EFT approaches to their work with families.
This presentation is appropriate for mental health professionals who work with couples using Emotionally Focused Therapy. Level is introductory to intermediate.
$350 Early Registration (before midnight March 20, 2019)
$395 Regular Fee (after March 20, 2019)
$275 Pre-licensed Therapist (interns and grad student trainees)
Continuing Education (CE) credit is available for an additional $25 on any ticket type.
Participants may bring lunch or walk to nearby restaurants. (Lunch is not provided or offered.)
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This course meets the qualifications for 13 hours of continuing education credit for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, and/or LEPs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences;
Psychologists: The Northern California Community for Emotionally Focused Therapy (NCCEFT) is approved by the CPA OPD to sponsor continuing professional education for psychologists in California. NCCEFT maintains responsibility for this program and its content. (Provider # NOR055)
NCCEFT is approved by the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists to sponsor continuing education for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs and/or LEPs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences. NCCEFT maintains responsibility for this program/course and its content. Provider # 93337
Those who attend this workshop in full, complete the course evaluation and sign in/out will receive CE credits. A certificate of completion will be provided at the end of the workshop. Please note that credit will only be granted to those who attend the entire workshop. Those arriving more than 15 minutes after the start time or leaving before the workshop is completed will not receive CE credit.
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