Emotionally Focused Family Therapy Level one training

Emotionally Focused Family Therapy


Level one training – Trainer Gail Palmer




May 2nd and 3th 2022



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



EFT therapist, couple and family therapists, therapists wanting to work with families from an attachment perspective.

Participants are limited to 40.



395€ for two days- catering included.



English spoken.


What is 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.


The training

This workshop combines 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 work. Videotaped and/or live demonstration sessions are included.

This is the first level, foundational teachings of the EFFT model. The presenter will demonstrate how the EFT model of working with couples is extended and modified to fit the family context.

Core EFFT competencies will be clearly delineated with a general focus on key elements in the EFT process and its application to family relationships. 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 and transformative approach that is crucial for helping parents and children who are struggling with remaining securely attached. An overview on practices for working through negative patterns, accessing and deepening emotions to promote corrective emotional experiences in family relationships will also be described.


Live session

We will try to find a family for a live conversation with Gail Palmer.


EFFT-1 Program Objectives

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  1. Analyze family distress using theories of emotion and attachment
  2. Utilize key practices of EFFT from EFT work with couples
  3. Identify the stages and marker of change in the EFFT approach
  4. Identify therapist practices that promote a working alliance with parents and children
  5. Compile strategies for strengthening parental ownership for the EFFT process
  6. Apply key interventions common to processing attachment related affect
  7. Describe 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. Demonstrate 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 step-family relationships
  11. Explain the relationship of secure attachment to family patterns of resilience



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.



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  • Registration for EFFT Training level 1 is done via the Enroll for this course tab for this event.
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  • 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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