- This event has passed.
Emotion-Focused Family Therapy: Core Clinician Training
April 4, 2022 @ 4:30 pm - April 12, 2022 @ 7:30 pm
Emotion-Focused Family Therapy: Core Clinician Training with Dr. Adele Lafrance, Co-Developer of EFFT
Emotion-Focused Family Therapy (EFFT) is a model developed to equip parents and caregivers with targeted and skills and support to leverage their healing power in their child’s recovery – regardless of the child’s age, level of motivation or involvement in formal treatment themselves. EFFT also helps to decrease the frequency of problematic caregiving dynamics. The clinician’s role is to help caregivers to master the skills, tasks and feelings involved in four main domains:
1. Providing behavioural support as necessary, by supporting them through the interruption of symptoms and maladaptive behaviours;
2. Providing emotional support as necessary, by supporting them to approach, process and manage stress and emotional pain fuelling symptoms or interfering with treatment uptake;
3. Facilitating relationship repair and healing possible wounds from the child and family’s past in order to help loved ones to let go of the weight of old injuries, and
4. Working through and resolving the fears and obstacles that surface in the caregiver during this challenging and novel journey.
This final component is critical since, throughout the course of treatment, some well-intentioned caregivers can struggle to support their loved one’s treatment. They may even engage in behaviours that enable their loved one’s symptoms, creating challenges for even the most experienced clinicians. For this reason, the EFFT model includes a module for clinician and team challenges as well.
This two-day interactive workshop will introduce participants to the fundamental principles and techniques of EFFT, with a focus on emotion coaching, caregiver blocks and clinician blocks. Through discussions, case examples, demonstrations, and small and large group exercises, participants will also have an opportunity for hands-on practice and skill-building.