Emotionally Focused Family Therapy

Emotionally Focused Family Therapy:
Creating Connection and Restoring Resilience In Families



Datum / Date

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  • 18 oktober 2018 van 9u30 tot 16u30
  • Octobre 18th 2018 from 9h30 to 16h30



Organisatie / Organisation

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  • Context, UPC KUleuven iswm EFT Belgie.
  • Context, UPC KUleuven in association with EFT Belgium.



Voertaal / Language

The workshop will be held in English


Inhoud van de training / Description of the workshop

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 negative patterns
that block family members from accessing the resources they would otherwise share.
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.

Expanding the application of EFT practice, EFFT provides innovative steps and strategies that
powerfully guide a therapist work with attachment dynamics in a family system. EFFT
acknowledges the importance of caregiving intent and its access to the primary resources
family’s need to transform destructive patterns of negative affect. Families regain their
emotional balance and regain resilience through repairing the bonds that are stressed and
strained through emotional distance and distress.
This workshop highlights EFT practices applied to family distress. Negative interactional
patterns in parent child relationships are understood as blocks in the attachment-caregiving
system that reduce a family’s flexibility to remain responsive and ineffective in times of growth
and change. Participants follow the steps of EFFT through video examples of presenters’ work
with family dysfunction. Special attention is given to working through parental blocks to
accessibility, responsiveness and emotional engagement.


Doel / Objectives

Participants will…

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  1. Identify the EFFT process of change and markers to guide the therapist’s focus.
  2. Learn strategies for working through parental blocks to caregiving.
  3. Identify how EFFT uses enactments to promote emotional engagement in dyads and
    whole family interactions
  4. Explore the power of vulnerability in restoring emotional balance in family relationships.



Locatie / Location

Congrescentrum, UPC KUleuven, Kortenberg
Leuvensesteenweg 517
3070 Kortenberg


Kosten / Fee

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  • 125 EUR, inschrijving is volledig bij betaling
  • 125 EUR, registration is complete when paid



Lesgevers / Presenters

Jim FurrowJames L. Furrow, PhD is the Evelyn and Frank Freed Professor of Marital and Family Therapy at the Fuller Graduate School of Psychology, Pasadena, California. His published work includes: The Emotionally Focused Therapy Casebook: New Directions in Couple Treatment, Becoming an Emotionally Focused Therapist: The Workbook, Preparing for Marriage, and Emotionally Focused Couple Therapy for Dummies. 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. His research and clinical interests focus on the Emotionally Focused Therapy for couples and families, process and outcome research in couple therapy, and positive youth development. He is a clinical fellow and approved supervisor of the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy and a Certified Family Life Educator. Dr. Furrow is a certified EFT therapist, supervisor and trainer and founding Executive Director of the Los Angeles Center for Emotionally Focused Therapy.


Gail PalmerGail Palmer, RMFT, MSW 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.


Inschrijving / Registration

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