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EFT 2-Day EFFT Training – Nashville, TN – April 12-13, 2019

Emotionally Focused Family Therapy:  Healing Relationships and Promoting Resilience – Nashville, TN – SOLD OUT

Two-Day EFFT Class with Gail Palmer, RMFT, MSW and James Furrow, PhD

WHEN: April 12-13, 2019
WHERE: Trevecca Nazarene University, 333 Murfreesboro Pike, Nashville, TN 37210
COST: $400 Regular Price | $300 Student/Military (Please use coupon code EFTTN100 to receive discount.  You will be required to show student and military i.d. the first day of the training).

**This training is hosted by Marriage and Family Institute, LLC / EFT Tennessee 

Workshop Description:

Family therapy approaches based on attachment theory have shown increasing promise for treating psychological disorders common among adolescents. Researchers using Attachment-Based Family Therapy (Diamond, Reis, Diamond, Siqueland, & Isaacs, 2002) 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 on 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.   

Workshop Format

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.

Learning Objectives:

Participants will…

  1. Conceptualize family distress using theories of emotion and attachment.
  2. Identify the stages and markers of change in the EFFT approach.
  3. Identify therapist practices that promote a working alliance with parents and children.
  4. Practice key interventions common to processing attachment related affect.
  5. Delineate key practices of EFFT from EFT work with couples.
  6. Practice enactments used to restructure new patterns of interaction promoting new levels of safety and security in the family.
  7. Explore the relationship of secure attachment to family patterns of resilience.


James 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 TreatmentBecoming an Emotionally Focused Therapist: The WorkbookPreparing for Marriage, anEmotionally 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 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. 

 Disclaimer & Cancellation Policy:  Those unable to attend the event they have registered for may transfer to a future Marriage and Family Institute, LLC / EFT Tennessee hosted training minus a 20% administrative fee. In order to obtain this transfer voucher Marriage and Family Institute, LLC / EFT Tennessee must be notified at least 30 days prior to the date of the event at – No transfer vouchers will be issued less than 14 days from the event. Vouchers expire one year from the date of notification to Marriage and Family Institute, LLC / EFT Tennessee. This is a non-hosted or sponsored National Marriage Seminars training. The individual or entity that made the arrangements to attend a Marriage and Family Institute, LLC/EFT Tennessee hosted event agrees to hold harmless National Marriage Seminars, Inc., its directors, and employees from any and all liability associated with this training.

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