This 2-day training event in Emotionally Focused Family Therapy will focus on Healing Relationships and Promoting Resilience.
Presenters: Gail Palmer, RMFT, MSW & James Furrow, PhD.
Date: April 12 - 13, 2019
Time: Registration begins at 8:30am on Friday. Training will take place from 9:00am - 5:15pm each day. We will break for lunch from 12:30pm - 1:30pm.
Location: Trevecca Nazarene University, 333 Murfreesboro Pike, Nashville, TN. Waggoner Library, Quick Lecture Hall.
Registration fees are listed below:
Regular Registration = $400
Actively enrolled students/Military personnel = $300
*Please note the following cancellation policy: Refunds are available for up to 60 days after the original purchase date, minus a $100 processing charge. Refunds must be requested at least 14 days prior to the training. To request your refund, please email Info@EFTTennessee.com. Please allow up to 10 business days for your request to be processed.
Family Therapy approaches based on attachment theory have shown increasing promise for treating psychological disorders common among adolescents. Researchers using Attachment Based Family Therapy have demonstrated effective outcomes in random clinical trials of adolescent depression and anxiety disorders. These approaches show promise for the use of attachment based family therapy interventions among youth and their families. Johnson, Maddeaux, and Blouin (1998) explored the use of Emotionally Focused Therapy in a treatment of youth with eating disorders. Their pilot study showed an effective reduction of bulimic symptoms among adolescents in this initial pilot study of Emotionally Focused Family Therapy.
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 (Johnson, 2004). 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 provides participants an introduction to the use of attachment based interventions with families. Specific attention will be given to the practice of Emotionally Focused Family Therapy. Lecture instruction and experiential exercises will be used to provide participants with an understanding of the model and a practical introduction to the application of EFFT.
This workshop will combine 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. When possible, live demonstration sessions are included.
- Conceptualize family distress using theories of emotion and attachment.
- Identify the stages and markers of change in the EFFT approach.
- Identify therapist practices that promote a working alliance with parents and children.
- Practice key interventions common to processing attachment related affect.
- Delineate key practices of EFFT from EFT work with couples.
- Practice enactments used to restructure new patterns of interaction promoting new levels of safety and security in the family.
- Explore the relationship of secure attachment to family patterns of resilience.