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Course Description

Examine Emotionally Focused Family Therapy (EFFT) as an attachment-based, short-term, experiential, and systemic model. Learn to help family members create secure connections by attending to their emotional experiences. EFFT seeks to reduce problematic issues by helping families to be more emotionally accessible, responsive, and engaged. Gain an introduction to the major concepts of EFFT, attachment theory, and the 3 stages and 9 steps of EFFT. Emphasis is placed on the clinical skills and interventions utilized in EFFT. The course also highlights the key differences between EFT for couples (EFCT) and EFT for families (EFFT). A variety of methods will be used to enrich the teaching and learning process, including didactic teaching, case studies, videos, small group discussion, readings, interactive exercises, and reflective journaling.

While this course may be used as an elective for the Advanced Certificate in Couple and Family Therapy Program, it does not lead to certification in Emotionally Focused Therapy with ICEEFT.

This course is typically recognized by CAMFT and AAMFT as a Therapy course.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to:

  • Recognize family distress using attachment theory and emotions.
  • Exhibit key differences between EFT for families and EFT for couples in therapy practice.
  • Implement the theory and the application of Emotional Focused Family Therapy (EFFT), including the 3 stages and the 9 steps.
  • Display skills when accessing and working through relational blocks.
  • Implement strategies to increase parental ownership of the EFFT process and caregiving responses.
  • Demonstrate some competence in capturing and deescalating the negative cycle of a distressed family (stage 1).
  • Demonstrate awareness of one’s own emotions experientially.
  • Continue to critique how EFFT may or may not fit within one’s own values and clinical application.

Course Topics

  • Basics of EFFT Model
  • Theory of Relationships: Attachment Theory
  • Overview of EFFT Stages and Steps
  • Key Differences Between EFCT and EFFT
  • EFFT Interventions
  • Stage 1: Alliance, Assessment and Cycle
  • Stage 2 Restructure the Attachment and Caregiving Responses
  • Stage 3 Family Consolidation
  • Becoming an EFFT Therapist
  • Blended Families and Special Issues

Additional Requirements

  • There are no prerequisites for the course.
  • In addition to the in-class instruction, you can expect to spend 5-10 hours to complete the readings for the course. Moreover, some assessments are completed during class, and other(s) are completed in a 1-4 week period following the in-class component. You can expect to spend approximately 10-15 hours completing the course assignment(s).

Applies Towards the Following Certificates

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*Course details are subject to change.

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