Creating Connections and Restoring Resilience in Families

do 18 oktober 2018 (09.30 tot 16.30)

Emotionally Focused Family Therapy

Workshop met gastsprekers uit de VS en Canada, James Furrow en Gail Palmer. De workshop wordt georganiseerd door Context, het centrum voor relatie- en gezinstherapie in het UPC KU Leuven, in samenwerking met EFT Belgium. 

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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 negative patterns that block family members from accessing the resources they would otherwise share. 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.

Expanding the application of EFT practice, EFFT provides innovative steps and strategies that powerfully guide a therapist work with attachment dynamics in a family system. EFFT acknowledges the importance of caregiving intent and its access to the primary resources family’s need to transform destructive patterns of negative affect. Families regain their emotional balance and regain resilience through repairing the bonds that are stressed and strained through emotional distance and distress. 

This workshop highlights EFT practices applied to family distress. Negative interactional patterns in parent child relationships are understood as blocks in the attachment-caregiving system that reduce a family’s flexibility to remain responsive and effective in times of growth and change. Participants follow the steps of EFFT through video examples of presenters’ work with family dysfunction. Special attention is given to working through parental blocks to accessibility, responsiveness and emotional engagement.


Participants will

Identify the EFFT process of change and markers to guide the therapist’s focus

  • Learn strategies for working through parental blocks to caregiving
  • Identify how EFFT uses enactments to promote emotional engagement in dyads and
  • whole family interactions
  • Explore the power of vulnerability in restoring emotional balance in family relationships


James L. Furrow

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

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. 

Voertaal Engels.


Deze workshop wordt georganiseerd door Context, centrum voor relatie- en gezinstherapie in het UPC KU Leuven, in samenwerking met EFT Belgium. Lees meer over EFT Belgium.


broodjeslunch inbegrepen:

  • 125 euro
  • medewerkers UPC KU Leuven: gratis (de kostprijs wordt intern verrekend)


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Creating Connections and Restoring Resilience in Families - workshop UPC KU Leuven
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