An Introduction to Emotionally Focused Therapy with Families
By zeroing in on underlying attachment needs, Emotionally Focused Family Therapy (EFFT) offers a powerful process for transformational change. This workshop will show you how to keep your focus as a therapist and help family members work through distress and past injuries to create new relational patterns, bond with each other, and experience a fuller sense of security. Whether you work with individuals, couples, or families, you’ll discover how to:
- Use EFFT to understand a family’s emotional dynamics and access attachment issues
- Create new patterns of emotional healing that unblock a family’s natural ability to repair
- Identify protection patterns that keep individuals from opening to vulnerability
- Develop a plan for handling interruptions and blocks during session
- Implement a three-stage process for achieving deeper family connections by creating alliances with different family members, managing change that accesses vulnerabilities, and modeling positive, new interaction patterns
George Faller, LMFT, is the founder of the New York Center for Emotionally Focused Therapy. He teaches at the Ackerman Institute for the Family and is the director of training at the Center for Hope and Renewal. He’s coauthor of Sacred Stress: A Radical Approach, True Connection: Using NAME IT model to Heal Relationships, and Emotionally Focused Family Therapy: Restoring Connection and Promoting Resilience.