Masters Class: Emotionally Focused Family Therapy

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Date(s) - 05/01/2020 - 05/02/2020
9:00 am - 5:00 pm


Emotionally Focused Family Therapy:
Restoring Connections and Promoting Resilience

May 1-2, 2020

The Chicago Center for EFT is excited to offer our next Master class on Emotionally- Focused Family Therapy!

Event Details

Date: May 1-2, 2020
Location: working on shifting to an on-line format!! Watch for details to come…

12 CE’s provided for LMFT, LCSW & LCPC
CE’s for psychologists TBD

Presenters: Gail Palmer, RMFT, MSW and James Furrow, Ph.D.

Master Class Description

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.

This workshop will demonstrate how the EFT model of working with couples is extended and modified to fit the family context. Attention will be given to how EFT practice with families is different and what additional skills are needed. Participants will learn a powerful transformative approach that is foundational in helping parents and children who are struggling with remaining securely attached.

Key differences between Sue Johnson’s EFFT and Emotion-Focused Family Therapy:

– Our approach focuses on transforming patterns and blocks related to emotional engagement.
– Our approach is rooted in attachment processes, including caregiving and meeting attachment-related needs.
– Our approach focuses on working through relational blocks with parents and children in session together.


About the Presenters

Gail 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.


James Furrow

James Furrow, Ph.D., is a recognized leader in the development and practice of Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) with couples and families. Together with EFT originator, Dr. Susan Johnson, Jim co-authored Becoming an EFT Therapist: The Workbook and The EFT Casebook, and Emotionally Focused Family Therapy: Restoring Connection and Promoting Resilience. Jim maintains an active research program studying the process of EFT and its outcome with couples and families. 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. Formerly Jim served as the Freed Professor of Marital and Family Therapy at Fuller Graduate School of Psychology where he trained psychologists and marital and family therapists in couple therapy for over two decades. He is a clinical fellow and an approved supervisor of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, a member of the National Council on Family Relations, and a Certified Family Life Education. He is a certified EFT therapist, supervisor, and trainer.


Ticket Type Price Spaces
ChicagoEFT Member Rate $385.00
ChicagoEFT Member Rate with CE's $415.00
Student Price $325.00
Regular Price $425.00
Regular Price with CE's $455.00

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