Restoring Connections and Promoting Resilience
NC, location TBA
November 15 & 16, 2019
with Gail Palmer, MSW, RMFT and James Furrow, PhD
ICEEFT Certified EFT Trainers and recognized leaders in the development and practice of EFFT
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.
Friday 3:00 to 8:00 p.m. Bring lunch for a working supper on Friday; Saturday 9:00 am to 5:00 pm Refreshments provided am & pm; Sat lunch on your own.
First 12 registrants receive a complimentary copy of Dr. Johnson’s 2019 book:
Attachment Theory in Practice: Emotionally Focused Therapy with Individuals, Couples and Families
12 NBCC approved CE hours
Early Bird rate: $400 before September 15, 2019
James Furrow, Ph.D
Gail Palmer, MSW, RMFT
This workshop will combine didactic instruction, experiential exercises, and case examples to demonstrate the practice of EFFT and a live session if available. Participants are encouraged to bring examples from their casework to explore the application of EFFT to their own work.
- Conceptualize family distress using theories of emotion and attachment.
- Delineate key practices of EFFT from EFT work with couples.
- Identify the stages and markers of change in the EFFT approach.
- Identify therapist practices that promote a working alliance with parents and children.
- Gain strategies for strengthening parental ownership of the EFFT process.
- Practice key interventions common to processing attachment related affect.
- Examine a 5-step sequence for accessing and working with emotion in family relationships.
- Analyze parent-child interactions using EFT practices to work through specific relational blocks.
- Practice enactments used to restructure new patterns of interaction promoting new levels of safety and security in the family.
- Identify differences in applying EFFT to treatment of stepfamily relationships.
- Explore the relationship of secure attachment to family patterns of resilience.
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