EFFT Masterclass: When shame forms the parental block

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    EFFT Masterclass


    When forms the parental block – Trainer Gail Palmer




    May 4, 2022



    Leuven, Youth Hostel Blauwput
    09:30 – 17:00.



    EFT therapists, couples and family therapists, therapists who want to work with families from an attachmentperspective.Some prior knowledge of EFFT is assumed.

    Participants are limited to 40.



    195€ catering included.



    The workshop will be in English.



    Emotionally Focused Family Therapy helps build connection in families and promote resilience for children by building and broadening secure bonding bonds.The emotion of shame can be a powerful inhibitor for the inherent caregiver system in families.Parental alignment is blocked when caregivers feel unworthy or inadequate. Children often block receiving care when they feel unloved or unworthy of that care. Shame leads family members to retreat and hide, blocking the healing power of therapy.

    This workshop investigates how the EFFT therapist conceptualizes shame and the manifestation of various types of shame in distressed families. Using didactic instruction, video demonstration and experiential exercises, participants learn how the EFFT therapist effectively works with shame to unblock the caregiver system and promote safety and security for family members.

    This workshop combines didactic instruction, experiential exercises and case examples to demonstrate efft’s practice. Participants are encouraged to bring examples from their casework to explore efft’s application to their own work. Video and/or live demonstration sessions are included.


    Gail Palmer

    Gail PalmerGail 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 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 Emotionally Focused Family Therapy method. She is co-author of the seminal text: Emotionally Focused Family Therapy: Restoring Connection and Promoting Resilience. Her work has included EFFT trainings across the globe, mulitple presentations at conferences, and several publications in edited books, and professional journals. Gail’s primary passion is to help therapists,who are both new to EFT and trained in EFT, to learn and master the powerful interventions and skills of this model and bring them to the family therapy room.



    • Registration for EFFT Shame 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 – EFFT Shame” 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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