Calgary EFT Community

It’s Never Too Late – Love, Survival and Healing in Families with Adult Children

      Date:  Calgary, May 4th, 2023
                 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Presenter: Gail Palmer, RSW, RMFT
         Cost:  $290.00 (Early Bird)
                    $330.00 – After April 4th, 2023
                                      Location:  Holiday Inn & Suites: Calgary South
                                                        8360 Blackfoot Trail SE
                                                        Calgary, Alberta
                                                        T2E 8T4
                                            Hotel Room Reservation: If needed, a room can be
                                            reserved at a rate of $140.00 per night by calling
                                            the hotel and using booking code TTH, or on-line
                                            at: Holiday Inn
Workshop description

One-Day In-Person Emotionally Focused Therapy Workshop

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. Adults who experience conflict, estrangement, and negative dynamics with their parents and/or siblings often suffer impacts that can last a lifetime. A primary goal of EFFT is to reduce problematic behavior by creating new patterns of emotional accessibility and responsiveness that offer an opportunity to repair. EFFT provides therapists with a means to conceptualize these family dilemmas and offers a practical approach to engaging families at an emotional level.

This training follows an intensive focus on key elements in the EFT process applied to adult family relationships. Demonstration and practice exercises provide participants opportunities to understand the EFT skills utilized in intervening with these family relationships. There will be an opportunity to view the treatment of one family over time from the beginning of therapy to termination.

All interested therapists are welcome to attend; previous Family Therapy or EFFT training is NOT required. This workshop will be valuable whether you are treating the individual, couple, or the entire family system.

Learning Goals and Objectives

By the end of this workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Conceptualize the adult family system and the problems adult children and their families encounter from an attachment perspective.
  • Identify the EFFT therapeutic moves in session and key stages and steps in the EFT process of change.
  • Identify the EFT tango in family sessions.
  • Identify common blocks that disrupt effective attachment and care-giving responses in the family.
  • Label and practice EFFT interventions that restructure the interaction between family members in the direction of emotional engagement, accessibility, and responsiveness.

About the Presenter:

Gail Palmer, RSW, RMFT, is a recognized leader and contributor to the practice of Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) for families. Over the past 35 years, she has worked closely with Dr. Susan Johnson, creator of Emotionally Focused Therapy. Gail is an ICEEFT certified therapist, supervisor and trainer and educates mental health professionals in EFT worldwide. She holds a Masters degree in Social Work and is a Registered Marriage and Family Therapist in Canada.

Gail is Co-Director of the International Center of Excellence in Emotionally Focused Therapy and one of the Founding Members of the Ottawa Couple and Family Institute. She is the Director of Education for ICEEFT, chair of the ICEEFT certification team and is responsible for mentoring and training EFT trainers across the world. Gail has taught in several universities as a sessional lecturer, including Carleton University, St. Paul’s University in Ottawa, Sir Wilfrid University, Waterloo, and Oxford University, Oxford, England.

Gail has a particular interest in applying the EFT model with work with families. For over twenty years, Gail has been one of the lead EFT trainers who have developed and expanded on Sue Johnson’s EFFT method and is co-author of the seminal 2018 text, Emotionally Focused Family Therapy: Restoring Connection and Promoting Resilience and Becoming an Emotionally Focused Therapist: The Workbook. Gail has presented on Emotionally Focused Family Therapy internationally, has published several chapters and articles on EFFT and has been involved as a supervisor in EFFT research. 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.

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