Course Description

Hours: 12

Couples therapy is most effective when it focuses on the healing power of emotional connection. Emotionally focused therapy (EFT) aligns perfectly with attachment theory, as it provides proven techniques for treating couple and family distress as well as anxiety, depression and other emotional difficulties in individuals.
In this workshop, an overview of emotionally focused therapy will be presented with a particular emphasis on working with couples. This workshop will include didactic presentations accompanied by record client sessions and experiential exercises to demonstrate how the EFT approach explores both the intrapsychic and the interpersonal worlds of the couple in distress.

EFT integrates experiential and systemic theories and offers a unique combination of empirically supported change processes and techniques informed by an explicit theory of adult love.

As partners engage in typical, reactive ways (the negative cycle) we look to slow down and deepen emotional experience and begin to frame these reactions as understandable, predictable responses to attachment related fears and needs. The aim of this workshop is to offer an overview of the interventions used by EFT therapists that deepen the exploration of underlying, previously unexpressed attachment-related emotions, in order to help couples to develop more secure and deeply satisfying connections.

Emotionally focused individual therapy (EFIT) and emotionally focused family therapy (EFFT) models will also be touched upon. In her new book, Attachment Theory in Practice, Sue Johnson states the EFT tango is the basic intervention that the therapist employs again and again in all stages and forms (individual, couple, family) of EFT (Johnson – 2019).

Learner Outcomes

This workshop is designed to help you:

•    Explain the emotionally focused couples therapy model, including the basic assumptions and theoretical foundations.
•    View relational distress from an attachment perspective.
•    Assess clients appropriate for EFT.
•    Identify the clinical techniques and skills used in EFT.
•    Recognize how the EFT therapist elicits and deepens client’s attachment longings and fears to create change.
•    Identify how EFT shapes new interactions and key bonding events.
•    Learn the key intervention in all modalities of EFT: the Tango.


For more information contact the Faculty of Social Work Professional Development office:

Email: fswprofessionaldevelopment@wlu.ca
Phone: 548-889-4967

Cancellations and Transfers
Be sure to carefully review our cancellation and transfer information before registering.

Website: wlu.ca/fswpd

Applies Towards the Following Certificates

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Section Title
Creating Secure Relationships: An Introduction to Emotionally Focused Therapy
Workshop Remote
Th, F
9:00AM to 4:00PM
Jun 20, 2024 to Jun 21, 2024
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Workshop Remote  
Course Fee(s)
Registration Fee non-credit $370.00
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Instructor: Robin Williams Blake, RP

Location: This workshop is being held remotely through Zoom. 

Website: wlu.ca/fswpd

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