1.5 CEUs with Louisiana LPC and LCSW boards
Cost: $45 for licensed counselors; $25 for students
Emotionally Focused Family Therapy (EFFT) is an evidence-based therapy approach that views family difficulties from an attachment frame. For example, children are often labeled with behavior issues that could be better understood and changed within the context of the parent-child relationship. Often these negative behaviors can be seen as bids for connection that become scrambled and misread.
The EFFT therapist uses systemic and experiential interventions to de-escalate the family’s negative interactional patterns that reinforce attachment insecurity. These shifts activate inherent parental desire to caretake their children by processing parental blocks. Changes in families occur with the structuring of new conversations - conversations where parents can effectively respond to the child’s attachment needs. When counselors provide the safe support seen in EFFT, parents’ reactivity resulting from being overwhelmed and isolated can be softened resulting in children’s reduction of behavior issues and greater closeness in the parent- child relationship.
EFFT has evolved from the most effective approach for couple’s therapy, Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT), created by Sue Johnson. The Louisiana EFT Community is excited to invite you to an extraordinary learning opportunity. Gail Palmer, an international leader in the formation and development of Emotionally Focused Family Therapy (EFFT), will provide an introductory training to Emotionally Focused Family Therapy online on September 22nd from 8:30 am until 10 am (CST). This training will be especially helpful for counselors who work with children, adolescents, and families.
In this 90-minute workshop, participants will examine the EFFT interventions and see the model in action through prerecorded video sessions. Therapists who work with children will be inspired by the power of secure bonds within the family that foster resilience for children.
Registration to learn more about EFT: Available Soon
For more information, contact Patt Aptaker, Ph.D. at Pattaptakerphd@gmail.com
Gail Palmer, MSW – International trainer for EFFT 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.