EFFT Level 2 Training: Core Competencies of EFFT

EFFT Level 2 Training: Core Competencies of EFFT

Description of Content

Emotionally Focused Family Therapy (EFFT) is an attachment-based approach that combines both systemic and experiential interventions to restore family relationships and strengthen their resilience. 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 advanced training builds on previous EFFT training providing further training on the six core competencies of EFFT practice. Participants focus on key change events in EFFT and therapist practices used to promote parental openness and child vulnerability. The training provides direction in transforming parental intention into more effective engagement of caregiving and engaging attachment responses within the family system. Specific strategies are reviewed for working through relational blocks and re-engaging attachment related-needs across the family. This training follows an intensive focus on key elements in the EFT process applied to family relationships. Demonstration and practice exercises provide participants opportunities to deepen their EFT skills in intervening with family relationships broadening their understanding of emotion and attachment in family life and strengthening the bonds they share.

Course Goals and Objectives

Participants will be able to:

  • Conceptualize family distress and formulate a treatment plan guided by EFFT goals.
  • Explore alliance practices that promote family engagement in treatment.
  • Assess safety and contraindications for EFFT practice and conjoint practice.
  • Identify EFFT change events and related therapist interventions.
  • Practice interventions skills that promote parental buy-in to systemic intervention.
  • Order family patterns and reframe family patterns using an attachment frame.
  • Engage practices to process relational blocks to parental openness and child vulnerability.
  • Gain skill in accessing and assembling emotion associated with family distress.
  • Increase effectiveness in use of enactments to engage and process attachment related emotions and needs.
  • Facilitate impact of corrective experiences throughout family relationships.
  • Identify treatment practices guiding use of EFFT with divorced and remarried families.


James L Furrow, Ph.D., is an innovative leader in the development and practice of Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) with couples and families. His research, writing, and training guide therapists toward the effective use of emotion to transform relationships and renew resilience toward a flourishing life.

His work is featured in leading professional journals and core EFT texts including: Emotionally Focused Family Therapy and Becoming an Emotionally Focused Therapist: The Workbook. He is a clinical fellow and an approved supervisor with the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy. He resides in Seattle Washington where he maintains a clinical practice, teaches courses at Seattle University, and conducts professional training.

For whom

  • EFT trained therapists, Mental health professionals, Psychotherapists, Grief therapist.
  • EFFT level 1
  • Accreditation for medical doctors has been applied for.


  • March 7th and 8th 2024
  • From 9.30 am to 5.00 pm


In the beautiful city of Leuven. There is a possibility to lodge at the venue, more hotels and tourist info here.


Irish College Leuven
Janseniusstraat 1
3000 Leuven

You can easily reach Leuven by train. Brussels airport is 14 minutes away by train.


  • Early bird: 450 EUR for two days. Booking and payment before 31/12/2023.
  • From 1/1/2024 500 EUR for two days.
  • Beverage and lunch included.


  • Furrow, J. L. & Palmer, G. (2011). Emotionally focused therapy for remarried couples: Making new connections and facing competing attachments. In J. Furrow, S. Johnson, and B. Bradley (Eds.) The EFT Casebook: New directions in treating couples. New York, NY: Routledge.
  • Furrow, J. L., & Palmer, G. (2007). EFFT and blended families: Building bonds from the
    inside out. Journal of Systemic Therapies, 26, 44-58
  • Furrow, J. L., Bradley, B., & Johnson, S. M. (2004). Emotion focused family therapy with complex family systems. In V. Bengston, A. Acock, K. Allen, P. Dilworth Anderson, & D. Klien (Eds.). Sourcebook of family theory and research. (pp. 220 – 222). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.
  • Furrow, J. L., Palmer, G., Johnson, S. M., Faller, G. & Palmer-Olsen, L. (2019). Emotionally focused family therapy: Restoring connection and promoting resilience. New York: Routledge.


  • Registration for ‘EFFT Level 2’ is done via the Enroll for this course tab for this event.
  • Your reservation is only final after payment of the full amount to our bank account BELFIUS BE70 0688 9742 4425 (BIC : GKCC BE BB) stating Participant Name – EFFT2, or invoice number. After your online reservation you will receive an email with detailed payment information.
  • The month following your registration, you will automatically receive an invoice.
  • Your payment counts as registration.
  • Cancellation and refund of the registration amount comes with an administration fee of 10% of the registration amount. Cancellation is no longer possible 1 month before the start of the activity.

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