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Monday, June 5th 2017 - Tuesday, June 6th 2017

Case Studies With Sue Johnson: Using The Wisdom Of EFT To Overcome Clinical Impasses In Couples Therapy

Sue Johnson, EdD
presented by Leading Edge Seminars

Location: YWCA Toronto - Elm St Location (87 Elm Street, Toronto)
Time: 9:00 am to 4:40 pm
Fee: $250 + HST (before April 6, 2016); $265 + HST (after April 6, 2016)

Based on over 30 years of research on adult bonding and empirical studies with thousands of clients, Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) has been described as “a revolution in the field of couples therapy” (John Gottman). This workshop offers you a chance to witness how EFT co-founder Sue Johnson parses challenging cases in consultation with three experienced EFT therapists.

The first part of the morning will offer an overview of the EFT approach to couples therapy and the implications of EFT research for working with couples in distress. The rest of the day will consist of Sue working through difficult cases and clinical impasses presented by three senior EFT therapists. Video vignettes of therapists in action and transcripts will provide concrete examples of real-life dilemmas commonly faced by couples therapists. Experiential exercises will be offered and clinical dilemmas in couples therapy will be discussed.

You will learn how to identify critical decision-making junctures while therapy is in session, specific techniques that Sue employs in order to facilitate a “corrective emotional experience”, and how to match treatment to your assessment of the couple’s emotional state.

EFT, when done well, looks deceptively simple. The reality of implementing EFT is often fraught because the kinds of attachment ruptures that bring couples to your door are visceral in nature and resistant to top-down (cognitive) interventions. Couples know there is a better way, but they often do not have access to the emotional wiring that will help them manage the legacies of their own attachment histories — let alone those of their partners. Sue Johnson will show and demonstrate ways for you to effectively, safely, and consistently tap into EFT wisdom even when faced with the most challenging problems in couples therapy.

Learning Objectives:

You will learn:

1. Clinical applications of EFT research in the field of adult bonding and attachment theory
2. How to conceptualize cases from an EFT perspective
3. How to identify critical junctures in how couples are relating to each other in session, and how to leverage these relationship forks in the road for therapeutic benefit
4. Ways to match treatment to an assessment of the couple’s emotional state
5. About the characteristics of difficult couples and how to address them
6. To describe interventions with difficult couples

About the Presenter:

Sue Johnson EdD., is the leading developer of EFT. She is Director of both the International Centre for Excellence in Emotionally Focused Therapy (ICEEFT) and the Ottawa Couple and Family Institute Inc., Distinguished Research Professor at Alliant University (San Diego), and Professor Emeritus of Clinical Psychology (Ottawa). Her numerous honours include the Outstanding Contribution to the Field of Couple and Family Therapy Award from the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy. Her best-known professional books include The Practice of Emotionally Focused Couple Therapy and Emotionally Focused Couple Therapy with Trauma Survivors. She is also author of the best-sellers Hold Me Tight, Love Sense: The Revolutionary New Science in Romantic Relationships, and The Emotionally Focused Training Set. For more information, please visit


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