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Emotionally focused family therapy: Level 2 – Advanced Training

Emotionally Focused Family Therapy (EFFT) is an attachment-based approach that combines both systemic and experiential interventions to restore family relationships and strengthen their resilience. A primary goal of EFFT is to reduce problematic behaviour by creating new patterns of emotional accessibility and responsiveness that offer a secure base for children to develop and families to thrive.

This advanced training builds on the previous Emotionally focused family therapy: Restoring connections and promoting resilience – Level 1 training which explored the six core competencies of EFFT practice. Participants will focus on key change events in EFFT and therapist practices used to promote parental openness and child vulnerability. It will provide direction in transforming parental intention into more effective engagement of caregiving and engaging attachment responses within the family system. Specific strategies will be reviewed for working through relational blocks and re-engaging attachment related-needs across the family. It will also follow an intensive focus on key elements in the EFT process applied to family relationships.

Learning objectives:

  • Conceptualize family distress from an attachment lens
  • Assess for safety and determine appropriate and relevant family members for treatment
  • Promote parental investment and goal alliance in family treatment
  • Lead EFT tango in family sessions
  • Process parental blocks to caregiving to create parental accessibility and responsiveness
  • Access child vulnerability related to attachment needs and process blocks in a safe and developmentally appropriate way
  • Structure meaningful enactments within a family context
  • Structure family sessions to meet the unique needs of stepfamily life

Prerequisite: Emotionally focused family therapy: Restoring connections and promoting resilience – Level 1 OR completion of another EFFT course (Sue Johnson’s EFT)