Featured Plenary Speakers

Sue Johnson

Founder of ICEEFT

Dr. Sue Johnson is the primary developer of Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy (EFT), which has demonstrated its effectiveness in over 25 years of peer-reviewed clinical research. She is a best-selling author, award winning researcher, remarkable therapist and enthralling speaker.

Sue is founding Director of the International Centre for Excellence in Emotionally Focused Therapy and Distinguished Research Professor at Alliant University in San Diego, California, as well as Professor Emeritus, Clinical Psychology, at the University of Ottawa, Canada.

Dr. Johnson’s best known professional books include, The Practice of Emotionally Focused Couple Therapy: Creating Connection (2004) and Emotionally Focused Couple Therapy with Trauma Survivors (2002).

Sue trains counselors in EFT worldwide and consults to the 35 international institutes and affiliated centers who practice EFT. She lives in Ottawa with her husband. She adores Gilbert and Sullivan, Monty Python, Argentine tango and kayaking on Canada’s northern lakes.

PRESENTATION INFORMATION:
Keynote: New Directions in Science and Psychotherapy – Leading and Learning with EFT

Where is the field of psychotherapy going? Where is EFT in terms of this field? This presentation will outline some of the dilemmas of the enterprise of psychological intervention and the EFT perspective on these dilemmas. In particular, the focus will be on attachment science, the research on emotion and the interpersonal perspective on change. The question also arises – what have we learned in 30 years of clinical practice and research on EFT for couples, individuals and families and how does this apply to other therapy modalities?

Jeffry Simpson, PhD

Professor of Psychology

Jeffry A. Simpson, Ph.D., is Professor of Psychology and Director of the Doctoral Minor in Interpersonal Relationships (IREL) at the University of Minnesota. His research interests focus on five areas: (1) attachment (e.g., when, how, and why do adult attachment orientations affect relationship functioning and quality?); (2) mating (e.g., how do individuals make decisions when deciding to become involved with certain romantic partners, what attributes they consider, and how do they make trade-offs between different attributes?); (3) empathic accuracy (e.g., under what conditions are individuals more versus less accurate at inferring their romantic partners’ thoughts and feelings during important social interactions?); (4) power and social influence (e.g., when, how, and why do romantic partners try to influence each other, given dynamics in their relationship?); and (5) social development (e.g., how do relationships and events experienced early in life affect the functioning and quality of romantic relationships and health years later?).

Jeff has served as editor of the journal Personal Relationships and the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology: Interpersonal Relations and Group Processes (JPSP-IRGP). His programs of research have been funded by the National Science Foundation,the National Institute of Mental Health, the National Institute of Aging, the Australian Research Council, and the Marsden Foundation in New Zealand. He has served on or chaired grant panels at the National Science Foundation, the National Institute of Aging, and the National Institute of Mental Health. He has been the recipient of the Berscheid-Hatfield award for mid-career achievement in the study of relationships and the Carol and Ed Diener Award for mid-career achievement in social psychology. He also has served as president of the International Association for Relationship Research.

PRESENTATION INFORMATION:
Plenary: Early life attachment, stress, and caregiving as predictors of adult health: A longitudinal view,

A considerable amount is known about how current life
events are associated with physical health outcomes cross-sectionally. Few prospective studies,
however, have examined how early-life events—especially interpersonal ones—are related to
physical health outcomes over time. I will describe recent studies from a 40-year longitudinal
project that is identifying some of the key variables that prospectively predict better versus worse
physical health outcomes in middle adulthood, controlling for current life events known to be
associated with such outcomes. I will also discuss what kinds of early interpersonal experiences
buffer individuals from experiencing negative health outcomes years later.

Learning objectives:

* 1. Learning about biological embedding models of health across the lifespan.

* 2. Understanding how and why certain types of early-life experiences predict better vs.
worse health outcomes later in life.

* 3. Becoming aware of certain early-life experiences that may serve as buffering (protective)
factors that promote better health outcomes later in life, even when early adversity was experienced.

Alice Bowman

Louis Castonguay, Ph.D.

Professor of Psychology

Louis G. Castonguay, Ph.D. completed his doctorate in Clinical Psychology at S.U.N.Y. Stony Brook, a clinical internship at U.C. Berkeley, and a Post-doctorate at Stanford University. He is currently a Professor at the Department of Psychology at Penn State University. With more than 190 publications (including eight co-edited books), his scholarly work and research focus on different aspects of the process of change and training, especially within the context of psychotherapy integration. He is also involved in the investigation of the efficacy of new integrative treatments for generalized anxiety disorder and depression, and the development of Practice Research Networks aimed at facilitating the collaboration between clinicians and researchers.

Dr. Castonguay has received several awards, including the Early Career Contribution Award from the Society of Psychotherapy Research, and the David Shakow Award from the Division of Clinical Psychology of the American Psychological Association (APA). He has also received four recognitions from the APA Division of Psychotherapy: the Jack D. Krasner Memorial Award, the Distinguished Contributions to Teaching and Mentoring, the Distinguished Research Publications Award, and the Distinguished Psychologist Award for his life time contributions to the field of psychotherapy. He also served as President of the North American Society for Psychotherapy Research, as well as the International Society for Psychotherapy Research.

PRESENTATION INFORMATION
Plenary: Advancing psychotherapy via clinical and non-clinical science.

This presentation will describe ways by which research might be helpful to clinicians. It
will be proposed that while empirically supported treatments (EST) can provide us with
first lines of attack for some clients, they can be complemented and expended by other
sources of evidence based practice. In particular, findings related to principles of change
and psychopathology may provide helpful clinical guidelines without necessarily
imposing drastic change in the practice of many clinicians.

Learning objectives.

* Describe principles of change related to client characteristics

* Describe principles of change related to therapeutic relationship

* Describe principles of change related to therapeutic techniques

* Identify findings about psychopathology that can guide assessment and interventions use in psychotherapy

Gabor Maté, M.D.

Co-Founder, Compassion for Addiction

Dr. Gabor Maté is a renowned speaker, and bestselling author. He is highly sought after for his expertise on a range of topics including addiction, stress and childhood development. Rather than offering quick-fix solutions to these complex issues, Dr. Maté weaves together scientific research, case histories, and his own insights and experience to present a broad perspective that enlightens and empowers to promote healing.

Dr. Maté has worked in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside with patients challenged by hard-core drug addiction, mental illness and HIV. With over 20 years of family practice and palliative care experience and extensive knowledge of the latest findings of leading-edge research. He has written several bestselling books including the award-winning In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts: Close Encounters with Addiction; When the Body Says No: The Cost of Hidden Stress; and Scattered Minds: A New Look at the Origins and Healing of Attention Deficit Disorder, and co-authored Hold on to Your Kids. His works have been published internationally in twenty languages.

Dr. Maté is the co-founder of Compassion for Addiction, a new non-profit that focusses on addiction. He is also an advisor of Drugs over Dinner.

Dr. Maté has received the Hubert Evans Prize for Literary Non-Fiction; an Honorary Degree (Law) from the University of Northern British Columbia; an Outstanding Alumnus Award from Simon Fraser University; and the 2012 Martin Luther King Humanitarian Award from Mothers Against Teen Violence. He is an adjunct professor in the Faculty of Criminology, Simon Fraser University.

PRESENTATION INFORMATION
Plenary: Disconnect and Dislocation: Addiction From a Relational Perspective
The source of addiction is neither choice or genetics, but a fundamental disconnection of the individual from their true selves. This, in turn, is caused by a disconnect between the developing young human and her/his environment. Attachment relationships are thus at the heart of addiction, but in terms of causation and in terms of healing.

Learning objectives:

* Understand the source of addictions.
* Learn about the chemical and physiological circuits impaired in the brains of people with substance dependency or behaviour addiction.
* Examine the false “blessings” of addiction as experienced by the addict (e.g., as emotional anaesthetic, as personality booster, as social lubricant, and so on)
* Learn about the development of the addicted mind: how early childhood experiences shape the brain.
* Distinguish the social basis of addiction in economic, cultural and political dislocation and disempowerment.

Friday Morning: 10:30-12:00
     
Dr. Zoya Simakhodskaya

Dr. Zoya Simakhodskaya

EFT Trainer & Vice President of the Board of Directors for NYCEFT

Zoya Simakhodskaya, Ph.D. is a licensed psychologist and a certified EFT Therapist, Supervisor and Trainer. She has a full-time practice in New York with adults and couples, specializing in cross-cultural and bilingual population. Zoya is one of the founding members and a Vice President of the Board of Directors for NYCEFT. She continues to teach as a voluntary faculty at NYU School of Medicine, CUNY and Rutgers University. Zoya presents and teaches nationally and internationally on EFT and now is bringing EFT training to therapists in Russia and Italy. She has particular interest in intersection of EFT and sexuality.

WORKSHOP DESCRIPTION
Beyond breaking sexual gridlock: using EFT to achieve greater relational and sexual intimacy
From the perspective of EFT, healthy sexuality in a long-term relationship is built on the foundation of attachment security. According to Sue Johnson, “good sex is an astounding act of physical, emotional and mental coordination.” As more couples with sexual complaints seek EFT treatment, EFT therapist needs to be prepared with knowledge and skills in this area. The therapist must be able to move between the relational and sexual systems to help the couple be aware of how they negatively impact each other, which then creates emotional and sexual distance. Using a complex case example, we will illustrate how pre-existing but undiagnosed sexual problems played a central role in the couple’s relational difficulties, which contributed to infidelity, which in turn led to more attachment distress and sexual disconnect. In particular, we will demonstrate how the therapist worked to deepen emotional engagement in sessions to confront avoidant attachment strategies both partners used throughout their lives and relationship that contributed to their significant sexual and relational distress. The workshop will walk the participants through the therapy process and show that as the emotional bond between the couple grew, together they were able to embrace their painful sexual past to then directly address their sex life, which led to even more emotional engagement, greater intimacy, and a more satisfying sexual connection. We will propose some guidelines within the EFT map in navigating the process of relational and sexual healing. This workshop will include lecture, video segments of the couple’s treatment, and Q&A/discussion.

Michael Moran, LCSW, CST

Michael Moran, LCSW, CST

EFT Supervisor Candidate and Certified Sex Therapist

Michael Moran, LCSW, CST is a Certified EFT Couples Therapist & Supervisor Candidate and AASECT Certified Sex Therapist located in New York, NY where he focuses his practice on the intersection of relational & sexual issues. When he discovered EFT it quickly became apparent he had found his clinical home. He’s also an adjunct professor at Rutgers University where he teaches graduate courses in Marriage and Family Therapy as well as LGBTQ Clinical Practice. Before entering private practice, Mike was Director of Training at CFN where he traveled the country delivering training on topics including conflict resolution, team building, & resilience.

WORKSHOP DESCRIPTION
Beyond breaking sexual gridlock: using EFT to achieve greater relational and sexual intimacy
From the perspective of EFT, healthy sexuality in a long-term relationship is built on the foundation of attachment security. According to Sue Johnson, “good sex is an astounding act of physical, emotional and mental coordination.” As more couples with sexual complaints seek EFT treatment, EFT therapist needs to be prepared with knowledge and skills in this area. The therapist must be able to move between the relational and sexual systems to help the couple be aware of how they negatively impact each other, which then creates emotional and sexual distance. Using a complex case example, we will illustrate how pre-existing but undiagnosed sexual problems played a central role in the couple’s relational difficulties, which contributed to infidelity, which in turn led to more attachment distress and sexual disconnect. In particular, we will demonstrate how the therapist worked to deepen emotional engagement in sessions to confront avoidant attachment strategies both partners used throughout their lives and relationship that contributed to their significant sexual and relational distress. The workshop will walk the participants through the therapy process and show that as the emotional bond between the couple grew, together they were able to embrace their painful sexual past to then directly address their sex life, which led to even more emotional engagement, greater intimacy, and a more satisfying sexual connection. We will propose some guidelines within the EFT map in navigating the process of relational and sexual healing. This workshop will include lecture, video segments of the couple’s treatment, and Q&A/discussion.

Robert Allan, LMFT

Robert Allan, LMFT

EFT Supervisor & Assistant Professor University of Colorado Denver

Robert Allan is an Assistant Professor in the couple and family track of the graduate counseling program at the University of Colorado Denver. He is a certified EFT therapist and supervisor and maintains a private practice in Denver. He has published articles on EFT with gay male couples and couples who are separating.

WORKSHOP DESCRIPTION
The Process of Cross-Cultural Connection in EFT: What Do EFT Therapists Report They Do and What Can You Do

Clinicians “fit” their basic EFT toolkits to the needs of each couple, in their own words and specific situations. We also adapt EFT for ethnically, religiously or sexually distinct populations of all kinds. This workshop will present the findings of a research project that examined how EFT therapists adapt Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) when working with couples other than North American heterosexual Caucasian couples. We will demonstrate and practice cross-cultural EFT process interventions such as cultural conjectures, vulnerability-matching or feeling-in. We will also show how the lack of such tools may provoke pursuit and withdrawal instead of increased opportunities for healing.

Dr. Jay Seiff-Haron

Dr. Jay Seiff-Haron

EFT Supervisor Candidate & Executive Director of Cross-Cultural Communications, Inc.

Jay Seiff-Haron has a private practice in San Francisco. He is a certified EFT therapist and long-procrastinating supervisor candidate. He is Executive Director of Cross-Cultural Communications, Inc. (501c3), a non-profit that has been delivering experiential retreats about cross-cultural dialogue since 2004.


WORKSHOP DESCRIPTION

The Process of Cross-Cultural Connection in EFT: What Do EFT Therapists Report They Do and What Can You Do

Clinicians “fit” their basic EFT toolkits to the needs of each couple, in their own words and specific situations. We also adapt EFT for ethnically, religiously or sexually distinct populations of all kinds. This workshop will present the findings of a research project that examined how EFT therapists adapt Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) when working with couples other than North American heterosexual Caucasian couples. We will demonstrate and practice cross-cultural EFT process interventions such as cultural conjectures, vulnerability-matching or feeling-in. We will also show how the lack of such tools may provoke pursuit and withdrawal instead of increased opportunities for healing.

Dr. Kathryn Rheem

Dr. Kathryn Rheem

EFT Trainer & Director of the Washington Baltimore Center for EFT

Dr. Kathryn Rheem, Director of the Washington Baltimore Center for Emotionally Focused Therapy (WBCEFT) for the last six years, has trained hundreds of mental health clinicians in EFT nationally and internationally. Kathryn has worked with extensively with survivors of combat trauma, developmental trauma, and sexual abuse.

WORKSHOP DESCRIPTION
Withdrawer Re-engagement: The Art of Coming Alongside

This presentation explores the Stage 2 change event of Withdrawer Re-engagement including the essential skills needed to gently but clearly work your way into your Withdrawers’ inner-worlds. As we have all experienced, gaining access to our Withdrawing clients’ inner-worlds can be challenging as we ask them to make contact with the pain that they have spent their lives avoiding. But, since emotion is the messenger of love, we need to help our withdrawing clients send clear emotional signals in order to re-structure their bonds with their partners.

Through teaching and video case examples, you will learn how to heighten the Withdrawer’s emotion, how to incorporate "parts" work (leveraging fears with longings), and how to help this partner complete the risk, reach, and respond that is vital to emotional engagement with the partner. You will learn how to create enactments that work for the withdrawer, the importance of Step 6 with the listening partner, and how focused repetition is the only way to successful completion of the WRE change event.

Dr. Nick Lee

Dr. Nick Lee

EFT Supervisor Candidate & Asst Professor Radford University

Dr. Nick Lee earned his PhD in Counseling Psychology from Ball State University with a special emphasis in Couple and Family Psychology. He is currently an assistant professor of psychology at Radford University, which is in Southwest Virginia. Nick’s research interests in include withdrawer re-engagement in EFT, process research, and issues related to clinical training. Nick is a certified EFT therapist and maintains a small private practice in Radford, Virginia comprised mostly of couples.

WORKSHOP DESCRIPTION
Withdrawer Re-engagement: The Art of Coming Alongside

This presentation explores the Stage 2 change event of Withdrawer Re-engagement including the essential skills needed to gently but clearly work your way into your Withdrawers’ inner-worlds. As we have all experienced, gaining access to our Withdrawing clients’ inner-worlds can be challenging as we ask them to make contact with the pain that they have spent their lives avoiding. But, since emotion is the messenger of love, we need to help our withdrawing clients send clear emotional signals in order to re-structure their bonds with their partners.

 

Through teaching and video case examples, you will learn how to heighten the Withdrawer’s emotion, how to incorporate "parts" work (leveraging fears with longings), and how to help this partner complete the risk, reach, and respond that is vital to emotional engagement with the partner. You will learn how to create enactments that work for the withdrawer, the importance of Step 6 with the listening partner, and how focused repetition is the only way to successful completion of the WRE change event.

Beyond Breaking Sexual Gridlock                                                Cross Cultural Connection                                                             Withdrawer Re-engagement
Friday Afternoon: 1:30-2:45
Dr. Scott R. Woolley

Dr. Scott R. Woolley

EFT Trainer & Co-Director TRI EFT Alliant

Scott R. Woolley, PhD holds the rank of Distinguished Professor in the couple and family therapy program at the California School of Professional Psychology at Alliant International University. He is a founder and Co-Director of the San Diego Center for Emotionally Focused Therapy and the Training and Research Institute for EFT at Alliant (TRI EFT Alliant). Dr. Woolley is a Certified EFT Trainer and has trained therapists in many areas of the world, including Canada, Chili, England, Finland, Guam, Hong Kong, Hungary, Ireland, Japan, Korea, Mexico, Norway, Russia, Sweden, Taiwan, The Netherlands, and throughout the U.S.

WORKSHOP DESCRIPTION
Healing Affairs, An EFT Approach

Affairs often create attachment injuries and have a devastating impact on individuals, couples and families. In healing these injuries, betrayed partners often struggle to risk reconnecting when there is no understanding of what motivated the affair and why it will not happen again.

This workshop lays out research about the motivational dynamics of affairs and healing them. Understanding what motivated an affair can help stop the affair, prevent more affairs, and help create safety for the betrayed partner to risk connecting again. Using video and case demonstration, the workshop will lay out how EFT interventions and treatment strategies are utilized for each type of affair to create lasting connection.

 

Petra Deij

Petra Deij

Certified EFT Supervisor within Stichting EFT-Nederland

Petra Deij is from The Netherlands. She is one of the first certified as an EFT therapist and supervisor in the Dutch Association for MFT’s. She is published in several journals and is the author of the book Blijft toch bij me (Stay with me) to help couples deal with affairs using an EFT approach. In 2017 her new book will be published, about how to use the goals of EFT when couples are separating. She is a member and supervisor within Stichting EFT-Nederland, an ICEEFT associated institute.

WORKSHOP DESCRIPTION
Healing Affairs, An EFT Approach
Affairs often create attachment injuries and have a devastating impact on individuals, couples and families. In healing these injuries, betrayed partners often struggle to risk reconnecting when there is no understanding of what motivated the affair and why it will not happen again.

This workshop lays out research about the motivational dynamics of affairs and healing them. Understanding what motivated an affair can help stop the affair, prevent more affairs, and help create safety for the betrayed partner to risk connecting again. Using video and case demonstration, the workshop will lay out how EFT interventions and treatment strategies are utilized for each type of affair to create lasting connection.

Dr. Elmien Lesch

Dr. Elmien Lesch

Certified EFT Supervisor & Senior Lecturer Stellenbosch University, South Africa

Dr. Elmien Lesch is a clinical psychologist and a senior lecturer in the Psychology Department at Stellenbosch University, South Africa. She has been involved with couple and family training for the past 20 years. Elmien is an EFT Therapist and Supervisor and is invested in contributing towards the accessibility of EFT training for relationship practitioners and EFT for couples in distress people in South Africa and the wider African continent. She has published a number of articles that focus on close relationship dynamics in low-income settings in South Africa.

WORKSHOP DESCRIPTION
Taking EFT to low-resource settings

Most of the available EFT research has been conducted with White populations living in relatively affluent contexts in the northern hemisphere. We are not aware of any literature that engages with the implementation of EFT in low-income settings, or the relevance of EFT for people living on the African continent. The objective of the workshop is therefore to sensitize participants to the issues in this regard, and to engage the participants in thinking about the challenges as well as the potential posed by these contexts. We will share our journey over the last three years to grow EFT in South Africa and the lessons learnt in that process. More specifically, we will present our ideas about the Hold me tight (HMT) workshop as a more cost-effective and culturally acceptable way than conventional couple therapy to access and reach low-income South African couples. Furthermore, we will share the findings of a study that we conducted to explore the relevance of the EFT model for a group of Black South African couples by (i) exploring the usefulness of EFT principles to conceptualize these couples’ relationship functioning; and (ii) exploring South African low-income couples’ experiences of a Hold me tight workshop.

The summit presentation/workshop will be structured in such a way that interactional activities will be used throughout to facilitate workshop attendees’ active engagement with the various topical areas, as well as utilizing the audience to think about solutions or ideas to better utilize EFT in low-income settings and with couples who do not live in typical global northern hemisphere settings.

Kathryn DeBruin, LMFT

Kathryn DeBruin, LMFT

EFT Trainer TRI EFT Alliant

Kathryn de Bruin is a Marriage and Family Therapist, Certified EFT Trainer and Supervisor. She has a full time private practice in San Diego, CA where she works with children and families. Kathryn teaches Play Therapy at the University of California San Diego, in the Play Therapy Program, and practicum at Bethel University. With a heart for her homeland South Africa, Kathryn started www.eftsouthafrica.com and travels back frequently to provide trainings. As an AAMFT supervisor, Kathryn enjoys providing supervision in person and online. Supervisees have described her as warm, perceptive and skilled. With her strong work ethic, it is important to Kathryn to be accessible and responsive to those who work with her.


WORKSHOP DESCRIPTION

Taking EFT to Low-Resource Settings

Most of the available EFT research has been conducted with White populations living in relatively affluent contexts in the northern hemisphere. We are not aware of any literature that engages with the implementation of EFT in low-income settings, or the relevance of EFT for people living on the African continent. This workshop will reveal issues in this regard, and to engage the participants in thinking about the challenges and potential posed by these contexts. We will share our journey growing EFT in South Africa and the lessons learned in this process. More specifically, we will present our ideas about the Hold me tight (HMT) workshop as a more cost-effective and culturally acceptable way than conventional couple therapy to access and reach low-income South African couples. We will share our research findings related to the relevance of EFT for a group of Black South African couples by (i) exploring the usefulness of EFT principles to conceptualize these couples’ relationship functioning; and (ii) exploring South African low-income couples’ experiences of a Hold me tight workshop.

The workshop will be utilize interactional activities throughout to facilitate workshop attendees’ active engagement with the various topical areas, as well as encouraging the audience to think about solutions or ideas to better utilize EFT in low-income settings and with couples who do not live in typical global northern hemisphere settings.

Aaron Bowman

Aaron Bowman

Founder of UXPress

Lorrie Brubacher, M. Ed., LMFT, EFT certified therapist, supervisor, and trainer and Director of the Carolina Center for EFT, is author of Stepping into emotionally focused couple therapy: Key ingredients of change (in press). London: Karnac. She maintains practices in Greensboro, North Carolina and Winnipeg, Canada, and has an adjunct faculty appointment at University of North Carolina, Greensboro. She has several publications on EFT, has co-authored 3 chapters with Dr. Sue Johnson and is on the editorial board of The EFT Community News. She teaches Emotionally Focused Individual Therapy and co-developed the first EFT interactive video training program: www.attachmentinjuryrepair.com

WORKSHOP DESCRIPTION
Key Ingredients of Change in Emotionally Focused Couple Therapy: Exploring Client Factors

Process research studies linking EFT process to outcome have narrowed the theory-practice-research gap in couple therapy (Grenman & Johnson, 2013; Weibe & Johnson, 2016). Process studies that identify the key elements of change show not only what therapists do and the manner in which they artfully employ the empirically validated EFT interventions. They also identify client factors that contribute to change. This workshop will explore three client factors that process research studies have identified as central to the success of EFT with couples and how an EFT therapist can enhance these client variables. The client variables can be remembered with the acronym TEA: “T” denotes the therapeutic alliance, particularly the task aspect of that alliance – the degree to which partners find the therapeutic tasks to be relevant to their problems and the confidence they feel about the therapeutic process; “E” denotes emotional engagement – depth of emotional experiencing; and “A” denotes affiliative (self-disclosing, attuned) sharing between partners through structured interactions (enactments) in session. Discussion, supplemented by case examples and video excerpts will focus on how therapists can monitor, enhance and repair ruptures in the task aspect of the therapeutic alliance, and how they can increase clients’ depth of emotional experiencing, both during de-escalation and in the deeper emotional work of Stage 2 of EFT. Discussion and video illustrations of therapist interventions to structure, heighten and process affiliative interactions throughout the Stages of EFT will be offered. Focus will be placed upon the manner in which the experiential and systemic interventions are used.

Healing Affairs                                                                             Taking EFT to Low Resource Settings                                      Key Ingredients of Change
Saturday Morning: 10:30-12:00
Gabor Maté, M.D.

Gabor Maté, M.D.

Co-Founder, Compassion for Addiction

Dr. Gabor Maté is a renowned speaker, and bestselling author. He is highly sought after for his expertise on a range of topics including addiction, stress and childhood development. Rather than offering quick-fix solutions to these complex issues, Dr. Maté weaves together scientific research, case histories, and his own insights and experience to present a broad perspective that enlightens and empowers to promote healing.

Dr. Maté has worked in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside with patients challenged by hard-core drug addiction, mental illness and HIV. With over 20 years of family practice and palliative care experience and extensive knowledge of the latest findings of leading-edge research. He has written several bestselling books including the award-winning In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts: Close Encounters with Addiction; When the Body Says No: The Cost of Hidden Stress; and Scattered Minds: A New Look at the Origins and Healing of Attention Deficit Disorder, and co-authored Hold on to Your Kids. His works have been published internationally in twenty languages.

Dr. Maté is the co-founder of Compassion for Addiction, a new non-profit that focusses on addiction. He is also an advisor of Drugs over Dinner.

Dr. Maté has received the Hubert Evans Prize for Literary Non-Fiction; an Honorary Degree (Law) from the University of Northern British Columbia; an Outstanding Alumnus Award from Simon Fraser University; and the 2012 Martin Luther King Humanitarian Award from Mothers Against Teen Violence. He is an adjunct professor in the Faculty of Criminology, Simon Fraser University.

PRESENTATION INFORMATION
Plenary: Disconnect and Dislocation: Addiction From a Relational Perspective
The source of addiction is neither choice or genetics, but a fundamental disconnection of the individual from their true selves. This, in turn, is caused by a disconnect between the developing young human and her/his environment. Attachment relationships are thus at the heart of addiction, but in terms of causation and in terms of healing.

Learning objectives:

* Understand the source of addictions.
* Learn about the chemical and physiological circuits impaired in the brains of people with substance dependency or behaviour addiction.
* Examine the false “blessings” of addiction as experienced by the addict (e.g., as emotional anaesthetic, as personality booster, as social lubricant, and so on)
* Learn about the development of the addicted mind: how early childhood experiences shape the brain.
* Distinguish the social basis of addiction in economic, cultural and political dislocation and disempowerment.

Gail Palmer, R-MFT

Gail Palmer, R-MFT

EFT Trainer & Co-Director of ICEEFT

Gail Palmer is one of the founding members and Co-Director of ICEEFT and is Chair of the ICEEFT Education Committee. For over twenty years, Gail has trained and supervised therapists and students in Emotionally Focused Therapy and has conducted Externships, Core Skills Trainings and workshops on a number of EFT topics across Canada, the United States and Europe. Working with families is a particular interest to Gail and she has developed the application of the model to families by both presenting and writing on EFFT. Gail is a Registered Marriage and Family Therapist, an approved American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy supervisor and she is an experienced trainer in Emotionally Focused Therapy. She is co-author of Becoming an Emotionally Focused Therapist: The Workbook.

WORKSHOP DESCRIPTION
Finding Strength in Broken Places: Healing Families Through Emotionally Focused 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 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 ineffective 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.

Dr. James Furrow

Dr. James Furrow

EFT Trainer & Co-Founder LA Center for EFT.

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 research and writing focus on Emotionally Focused Therapy with couples and families. He is editor of the EFT Casebook: New Directions in Couple Treatment and contributing author to the Becoming an EFT Therapist: The Workbook, and co-author of Emotionally Focused Therapy for Dummies. His research and clinical work has been published in Applied Developmental Science, Developmental Psychology, Journal of Marital and Family Therapy, Journal of Systemic Therapies, and Psychology and Spirituality. He is a clinical member and approved supervisor in 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 co-founder of the Los Angeles Center for Emotionally Focused Therapy.

WORKSHOP DESCRIPTION
Finding Strength in Broken Places: Healing Families Through Emotionally Focused 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 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 ineffective 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.

George Faller, LMFT

George Faller, LMFT

EFT Trainer & President New York Center for EFT

George Faller, LMFT is a retired Lieutenant of the NYC Fire Department, a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in New York and Connecticut and an Approved Supervisor for AAMFT. He is the founder and president of the New York Center for EFT. As an EFT Trainer, George teaches several classes at Ackerman Institute for the Family and is the director of training at the Center for Hope and Renewal in Greenwich, CT. The experience George brings to the EFT community is vast, as he works as a marriage consultant and conference leader to the US Military, FDNY, Wall Street executives, and trains therapists across the U.S. and abroad. Specializing in trauma, EFFT, and self-of-the-therapist issues, George is committed to bringing EFT to underprivileged populations and pushing the leading edge of EFT.

WORKSHOP DESCRIPTION
Finding Strength in Broken Places: Healing Families Through Emotionally Focused 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 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 ineffective 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.

Dr. Lisa Palmer-Olsen

Dr. Lisa Palmer-Olsen

EFT Trainer & Co-Director TRI EFT Alliant

Lisa Palmer-Olsen, Psy.D. is a licensed marriage and family therapist in San Diego California. She is a Certified EFT Supervisor and Trainer and a Founder and a Co-Director of TRI EFT Alliant. Lisa completed her dissertation research on how to train and teach Emotionally Focused Couples therapy to professionals. Her primary clinical and research interests are in the areas of couple and family therapy; specifically with those couples and families dealing with trauma and attachment related struggles. She is an AAMFT clinical member and approved AAMFT supervisor. Dr. Palmer-Olsen is also co-founder and clinic director for the Alliant Couple and Family Clinic (ACFC) in San Diego.

WORKSHOP DESCRIPTION
Finding Strength in Broken Places: Healing Families Through Emotionally Focused 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 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 ineffective 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.

The Dynamics of Addiction                                                         Finding Strength in Broken Places: Healing Families with EFT
Dr. Leanne Campbell

Dr. Leanne Campbell

EFT Trainer & Co-Director Vancouver Island Centre for EFT

Dr. Leanne Campbell is co-director of the Vancouver Island Centre for EFT, and Campbell & Fairweather Psychology Group. She trained with Dr. Sue Johnson in the early 1990s and continues to focus on trauma, grief, and couple therapy since that time. In addition to teaching and training in these areas, and working with many hundreds of couples over the years, she offers psychological assessments, as well as therapy and crisis intervention services to client populations including active military and veterans and their families, first responders, injured workers, and individuals who have suffered various types of developmental trauma.

WORKSHOP DESCRIPTION
Working Through Emergent Shame and Grief within the Attachment Injury Resolution Model

The Attachment Injury Resolution Model (AIRM) has been well articulated, and empirically validated by Dr. Susan Johnson and colleagues over the past number of years. This workshop is aimed at reviewing the model, with additional attention given to the potential role of shame as a significant barrier to forgiveness (both self and other) and full injury resolution, as well as the associated importance of grief processing as a means and opportunity for the partners to re-define the post-injury relationship as a new safe haven within a new shared narrative. Through didactic instruction and video demonstration (accompanied by process analyses), participants will gain additional insight into how to work with couples in moving through the model, and with particular attention to working with both shame and grief.

Dr. David R. Fairweather

Dr. David R. Fairweather

EFT Trainer & Co-Director Vancouver Island Centre for EFT

Dr. David R. Fairweather is co-founder and director of the Vancouver Island Centre for EFT, and Campbell & Fairweather Psychology Group in Nanaimo, B.C. His passion for emotion in psychotherapy dates back to his doctoral years during which he published widely in the area of psychotherapy process research, with a particular focus on how exemplary, distinguished therapists promote and use strong feeling in psychotherapy sessions. From 1996-2006, in addition to maintaining a private practice, David worked as a psychologist and supervising psychologist within the federal correctional system. Trained by Dr. Sue Johnson in the early through mid-1990s, David has maintained a dedicated interest in EFT for over two decades. Known for his empathic style and therapeutic use of laughter and humor, David helps couples move away from rigid negative patterns that keep them stuck, and toward more authentic emotional contact, thus opening up space for partners to find new possibilities and awareness, and to create satisfying and fulfilling new ways-of-being together. During his past 18 years in private practice in Nanaimo, David has specialized in providing EFT to couples, as well as collaborating in the development of training materials including DVDs, and also serving as an EFT trainer, mentor, and supervisor of other mental health professionals in Canada and the U.S.


WORKSHOP DESCRIPTION
Working Through Emergent Shame and Grief within the Attachment Injury Resolution Model

The Attachment Injury Resolution Model (AIRM) has been well articulated, and empirically validated by Dr. Susan Johnson and colleagues over the past number of years. This workshop is aimed at reviewing the model, with additional attention given to the potential role of shame as a significant barrier to forgiveness (both self and other) and full injury resolution, as well as the associated importance of grief processing as a means and opportunity for the partners to re-define the post-injury relationship as a new safe haven within a new shared narrative. Through didactic instruction and video demonstration (accompanied by process analyses), participants will gain additional insight into how to work with couples in moving through the model, and with particular attention to working with both shame and grief.

Working Through Emergent Shame & Grief
    within the Attachment Injury Resolution Model
Saturday Afternoon: 1:30-3:00
Dr. Nancy Aikin

Dr. Nancy Aikin

EFT Trainer & Co-Director Sacramento-Davis EFT Center

Dr. Nancy Aikin is an EFT Trainer and is Co-Director of the Greater Sacramento-Davis EFT Center. She has been a Clinical Psychologist in private practice in Davis, Calif. for over 35 years. With community mental health as a speciality, Nancy has developed several therapeutic/psycho-educational programs such as a Social Skills Program for Davis Elementary Schools and a Wellness Program for Physicians at Davis Sutter Hospital.  She created Hold Me Tight/Let Me Go (HMT/LMG) an ICEEFT Family Program with her husband Paul. She teaches, trains, supervises and does therapy in Davis, California and has taught EFT & EFFT and HMT/LMG in North America and Europe.

WORKSHOP DESCRIPTION
Hold Me Tight/Let Me Go Teen Family Workshop

Hold Me Tight/Let Me Go Teen (HMT/LMG) Family Workshop is a weekend family workshop created by the Aikin's and is a sister workshop to Sue's HMT couples workshop.  ICEEFT recently published and released the HMT/LMG Program in April, 2017. The program includes a Facilitators' Guide, a Participants' Workbook, a DVD of three families, parents and their teens, illustrating HMT/LMG exercises and a CD of the Programs' PowerPoints.

Using both didactic/experiential teaching, this presentation will provide an overview of the HMT/LMG weekend, a brief instruction as to how to conduct the program and a review of the preliminary outcome research demonstrating the effectiveness of HMT/LMG in transforming insecure connections into more secure connections between teens and their parents. In addition, relevant EFFT theory the workshop is based on will be introduced. Videos will illustrate how parents and their teens discover their negative interactional cycles, begin to step out of them and build more security as teens reach toward a parent (Hold me tight conversation) to build more security.

Dr. Paul Aikin

Dr. Paul Aikin

EFT Trainer & Co-Director Sacramento-Davis Center for EFT

Paul Aikin, Ph.D. is an EFT Trainer and is Co-Director of the Greater Sacramento-Davis EFT Center. A licensed Psychologist and Marriage Family Therapist for 40 years, he currently practices in Davis. He also held faculty positions at the University of California at Davis in the Departments of Psychology and Psychiatry.

Through Aikin Associates Seminars, Dr. Aikin has offered continuing education courses on psychotherapy treatment to the greater Sacramento Region for over 30 years. He has been a consultant to hundreds of local therapists.

Paul has worked closely with EFT Trainers Rebecca Jorgensen, Jim Furrow, Lisa Palmer-Olsen and Gail Palmer. He is a certified EFT Trainer, Supervisor and Therapist. He teaches, trains, supervises and does therapy in Davis, California and has taught EFT, EFFT and the HMT/LMG Program all over North America and in Europe.  He and his wife Nancy collaborated with Sue Johnson, Jim Furrow and Gail Palmer in the creation and development of Hold Me Tight Workshops for Families.

WORKSHOP INFORMATION
Workshop: Hold Me Tight/Let Me Go: Teen Family Workshop

Hold Me Tight/Let Me Go Teen (HMT/LMG) Family Workshop is a weekend family workshop created by the Aikin's and is a sister workshop to Sue's HMT couples workshop.  ICEEFT recently published and released the HMT/LMG Program in April, 2017. The program includes a Facilitators' Guide, a Participants' Workbook, a DVD of three families, parents and their teens, illustrating HMT/LMG exercises and a CD of the Programs' PowerPoints.

Using both didactic/experiential teaching, this presentation will provide an overview of the HMT/LMG weekend, a brief instruction as to how to conduct the program and a review of the preliminary outcome research demonstrating the effectiveness of HMT/LMG in transforming insecure connections into more secure connections between teens and their parents. In addition, relevant EFFT theory the workshop is based on will be introduced. Videos will illustrate how parents and their teens discover their negative interactional cycles, begin to step out of them and build more security as teens reach toward a parent (Hold me tight conversation) to build more security.

Dr. Rebecca Jorgensen

Dr. Rebecca Jorgensen

Certified EFT Trainer & Co-Director TRI EFT Alliant

Specializing in EFT training development and support Dr. Rebecca Jorgensen completed her EFT training with Dr. Johnson, becoming certified as an EFT Therapist, Supervisor and Trainer. Becca is a founder and Co-Director of the San Diego Center for Emotionally Focused Therapy and the Training and Research Institute for EFT at Alliant (TRI EFT Alliant). She is devoted to strengthening families through helping couples develop safe and secure marital bonds and helping therapists discover the power of using EFT.  She holds the license of Mental Health Counselor and is a Certified Supervisor. She offers online seminars, internet based group consultation, frequent educational webinars. She maintains clinical practice specializing in intensive couple therapy and is passionate about advancing education and training in Emotionally Focused Therapy. She offers Hold Me Tight© for Therapists around the globe and has two best selling training videos, Emotionally Focused Therapy: A Complete Treatment and Emotionally Focused Therapy: Step by Step.

WORKSHOP DESCRIPTION
Lost in the Tango? How to Find Your Way Through Intense or Triggered Moments
Recent literature on learning EFT indicates there is a process and stages of development in gaining expertise. The task of managing multiple layers during any couple session can result in the therapist getting lost in the process, losing track of the model and negatively impacting the process of learning and the stage of demoralization. Highly escalated, especially withdrawn and shame prone clients frequently throw new couple therapists off track, into confusion and wondering what to do, especially impacted by their own attachment styles. Various difficult moments arise. For example we may be tempted to follow the client that calls for our attention through interrupting us or avoid accessing emotion with the partner that pushes us away.

EFT offers a clear map that can help us decide where to go - but sometimes we need a proper “anchor” to get back on track. Based on a decision tree model developed from recent research (Novak, 2015) and illustrated with video clips of EFT sessions, we discuss the landmarks one needs to go back to in order to determine one’s position in the process and the steps and interventions to take to get back on track. Through the use of video, case demonstration and experiential exercises this workshop will offer a warm, supportive approach to the constant need of the therapist to develop more security/less isolation and ability to their own “process consultant” as skill and adherence to the model increase.

Dimitrij Samoilow

Dimitrij Samoilow

EFT Trainer-In-Training & Board Member EFT Norway

Dimitrij Samoilow is a Certified EFT Therapist, Supervisor and Trainer-in-Training. He is known as one of the leading therapists in all of Norway where he trains, supervises and provides Emotionally Focused Therapy in Norwegian, English and German. Dimitrij is also known for authoring the popular Norwegian book, The Art of Love: 9 Keys to Living Well Together. He is registered as a psychologist with specialized training in adult and clinical psychology, is EMDR certified and has experience with drug and alcohol treatment with couples and families. Dimitrij is actively involved in supporting and promoting EFT in Norway and throughout Scandinavia and in Germany. He serves on the board of EFT Norway.


WORKSHOP DESCRIPTION
Lost in the Tango? How to Find Your Way Through Intense or Triggered Moments
Recent literature on learning EFT indicates there is a process and stages of development in gaining expertise. The task of managing multiple layers during any couple session can result in the therapist getting lost in the process, losing track of the model and negatively impacting the process of learning and the stage of demoralization. Highly escalated, especially withdrawn and shame prone clients frequently throw new couple therapists off track, into confusion and wondering what to do, especially impacted by their own attachment styles. Various difficult moments arise. For example we may be tempted to follow the client that calls for our attention through interrupting us or avoid accessing emotion with the partner that pushes us away.

EFT offers a clear map that can help us decide where to go - but sometimes we need a proper “anchor” to get back on track. Based on a decision tree model developed from recent research (Novak, 2015) and illustrated with video clips of EFT sessions, we discuss the landmarks one needs to go back to in order to determine one’s position in the process and the steps and interventions to take to get back on track. Through the use of video, case demonstration and experiential exercises this workshop will offer a warm, supportive approach to the constant need of the therapist to develop more security/less isolation and ability to their own “process consultant” as skill and adherence to the model increase.

Dr. Simona Herb

Dr. Simona Herb

Trainer-in-Training EFT Romania & Trainer Areopagus Institute

Simona Herb holds the PhD from ”Al. I. Cuza” University, Iasi, Romania She is the lead coordinator and only supervisor of EFT in Romania, www.eftromania.ro/. She is a certified EFT Therapist and Supervisor, and a Trainer-In-Training and recognized Trainer within Areopagus Institute. She is the founder of PSIRIS, Psychotherapy and Personal Evolution Center. She provides treatment to couples and families, and professional trainings for therapists and the general public (”Love Dance”, ”The Job of Being a Parent”, ”Hold me Tight - for couples” etc). ”My approach in life and therapy is to be non-judgmental, humanistic and full of compassion."

WORKSHOP DESCRIPTION
Lost in the Tango? How to Find Your Way Through Intense or Triggered Moments
Recent literature on learning EFT indicates there is a process and stages of development in gaining expertise. The task of managing multiple layers during any couple session can result in the therapist getting lost in the process, losing track of the model and negatively impacting the process of learning and the stage of demoralization. Highly escalated, especially withdrawn and shame prone clients frequently throw new couple therapists off track, into confusion and wondering what to do, especially impacted by their own attachment styles. Various difficult moments arise. For example we may be tempted to follow the client that calls for our attention through interrupting us or avoid accessing emotion with the partner that pushes us away.

EFT offers a clear map that can help us decide where to go - but sometimes we need a proper “anchor” to get back on track. Based on a decision tree model developed from recent research (Novak, 2015) and illustrated with video clips of EFT sessions, we discuss the landmarks one needs to go back to in order to determine one’s position in the process and the steps and interventions to take to get back on track. Through the use of video, case demonstration and experiential exercises this workshop will offer a warm, supportive approach to the constant need of the therapist to develop more security/less isolation and ability to their own “process consultant” as skill and adherence to the model increase.

Jens Mebius

Jens Mebius

EFT Trainer in Training for EFT Sweden

Jens Mebius is certified as an EFT therapist and EFT supervisor. He works in Stockholm in his private practice doing EFT couple therapy. He also does a lot of supervision with therapists who struggle to learn to practice EFT effectively. Jens has worked in psychiatry before specializing in couple therapy, has an MSc in Gestalt Psychotherapy and an European Certificate for Psychotherapy. Jens is in training to become Certified as an EFT Trainer. He consistently endeavors in developing EFT across Sweden and is known for his warm presence, humility and quick wit.

WORKSHOP DESCRIPTION
Lost in the Tango? How to Find Your Way Through Intense or Triggered Moments

Recent literature on learning EFT indicates there is a process and stages of development in gaining expertise. The task of managing multiple layers during any couple session can result in the therapist getting lost in the process, losing track of the model and negatively impacting the process of learning and the stage of demoralization. Highly escalated, especially withdrawn and shame prone clients frequently throw new couple therapists off track, into confusion and wondering what to do, especially impacted by their own attachment styles. Various difficult moments arise. For example we may be tempted to follow the client that calls for our attention through interrupting us or avoid accessing emotion with the partner that pushes us away.

EFT offers a clear map that can help us decide where to go - but sometimes we need a proper “anchor” to get back on track. Based on a decision tree model developed from recent research (Novak, 2015) and illustrated with video clips of EFT sessions, we discuss the landmarks one needs to go back to in order to determine one’s position in the process and the steps and interventions to take to get back on track. Through the use of video, case demonstration and experiential exercises this workshop will offer a warm, supportive approach to the constant need of the therapist to develop more security/less isolation and ability to their own “process consultant” as skill and adherence to the model increase.

Hold Me Tight/Let Me Go: Families with Teens                      Lost in the Tango: How to find your way through intense and triggered moments
Dr. Ting Liu

Dr. Ting Liu

EFT Trainer & Associate Professor Michigan State University

Ting Liu, Ph.D, is a certified EFT (Emotionally Focused Therapy) trainer, supervisor and therapist. She is licensed in Pennsylvania as a Marriage and Family Therapist and is an Approved Supervisor with the American Association of Marriage & Family Therapy. She maintains a Private Practice in Wayne, PA and can be contacted via email better.relationship@gmail.com

Dr. Liu received her doctorate in Child Development and Family Studies with a specialization in Marriage and Family Therapy from Purdue University. She completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the Center for Family Intervention Science at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. Her publications include four books she has translated into Chinese in the field of MFT and EFT.

Dr. Liu offers EFT training, supervision, and case consultation to therapists in the Philadelphia area, as well as to therapists in Beijing, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Wuhan, Chengdu, Shengzen, Singapore, Taipei, Thailand, and Seoul. She specializes in multi-cultural applications of EFT, infidelity issues, mood disorders, and Emotionally Focused Family Therapy with adolescents.

WORKSHOP DESCRIPTION
Clinicians are well-aware that depression tops the charts as one of the most burdensome medical conditions, and that EFT is an efficacious treatment for the disorder. Scholars and clinicians often assume that EFT treats depression by targeting maladaptive relationship processes to subsequently relieve depressive symptoms. However, recent research from our lab debunks this myth by showing that EFT treats depression through multiple pathways, including via a direct impact on depressive symptomatology. In this workshop, we will provide a brief overview of findings from our clinical trial that tested the efficacy of EFT for depression. Then, leveraging lessons learned through our research, we will share recommendations for treating depression with EFT. Video clips of EFT with depressed adults and their partners will be shown to illustrate recommended strategies.

 

 

Dr. Andrea Whittenborn

Dr. Andrea Whittenborn

Associate Professor Michigan State University

Dr. Andrea K. Wittenborn is Graduate Director and Associate Professor of Human Development and Family Studies and Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine at Michigan State University, and a Fellow at Sparrow Health System. She has been Primary Investigator or methodologist of 2 randomized controlled trials testing the efficacy of EFT for co-occurring depression and relationship discord, and of a recent NIMH funded study aimed to personalize treatment for depression. She is currently leading a study designed to leverage artificial intelligence technology to improve screening for depression in health care systems. Dr. Wittenborn is an Editorial Board Member of the Journal of Marital and Family Therapy (JMFT) and the Journal of Couple and Relationship Therapy, Guest Editor (with Dr. Susan Johnson) of a JMFT special section on “New Research Findings on Emotionally Focused Therapy,” an AAMFT Clinical Fellow and Approved Supervisor, and co-recipient of the JMFT Best Article of 2013 Award.

WORKSHOP DESCRIPTION
Clinicians are well-aware that depression tops the charts as one of the most burdensome medical conditions, and that EFT is an efficacious treatment for the disorder. Scholars and clinicians often assume that EFT treats depression by targeting maladaptive relationship processes to subsequently relieve depressive symptoms. However, recent research from our lab debunks this myth by showing that EFT treats depression through multiple pathways, including via a direct impact on depressive symptomatology. In this workshop, we will provide a brief overview of findings from our clinical trial that tested the efficacy of EFT for depression. Then, leveraging lessons learned through our research, we will share recommendations for treating depression with EFT. Video clips of EFT with depressed adults and their partners will be shown to illustrate recommended strategies.

Treating Depression: Tools for EFT Therapists