Two – Day Workshop with Dr. James Furrow
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Date(s) : 13/10/2018 - 14/10/2018

Time : 9:30 am - 5:30 pm

Novus City Hotel

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Dr. James Furrow, a leader in the development and practice of Emotionally Focused Therapy – EFT – and Emotionally Focused Family Therapy – EFFT, is invited by the Greek Network of EFT to give an experiential two – day workshop on:
“Engaging Emotion and Transforming Families: A Clinical Workshop in Emotionally Focused Family Therapy – EFFT” 
Language: English (with Greek translation when needed)
* The number of participants is limited, so sign up will be prioritized.

Engaging Emotion and Transforming Families
A Clinical Workshop in Emotionally Focused Family Therapy – EFFT
James Furrow, PhD
This two-day training focuses on the practice of Emotionally Focused Family Therapy – EFFT – to
stabilize family distress and restructure relational bonds. Participants explore EFFT assessment
and treatment practices that guide families through processing negative patterns, working
through relationship blocks, and enacting corrective emotional experiences. This training
explores specific practices for working through negative patterns and helping families regain their
emotional balance following EFT principles based on attachment and emotion theory.
Video examples and practice exercises provide opportunities for participants to observe EFFT in
action and further their understanding and skill in this innovative approach to transforming
family distress.
Participants will be able to…
1. Conceptualize family patterns of distress based on attachment and emotion theories.
2. Identify EFFT process of change and related treatment markers.
3. Guide a treatment plan and alliance practices to promote family involvement in treatment.
4. Assess safety and contraindications for EFFT practice and conjoint practice.
5. Organize family patterns and process relational blocks to vulnerability.
6. Utilize EFFT interventions to access attachment related affect and related needs.
7. Promote parental acceptance and engagement of child through enactments.
8. Identify treatment practices guiding EFFT with divorced and remarried families.
Tentative Schedule
Day 1
Morning Sessions: (9:30 am – 1 pm)
1. Introduction: Attachment, Emotion, and the Family System
Focus: Conceptualizing the family as an emotional system.
Method: Didactic Instruction, Experiential Exercises, Discussion
2. Attachment and Family Therapy: Emerging Models of Family Treatment
Focus: Review the evidence supporting attachment based approaches to
family therapy.
Method: Didactic Instruction, Clinical Examples, Discussion
Lunch (1 pm – 2 pm)
Afternoon Sessions: (2 pm – 5:30 pm)
3. Overview of Emotionally Focused Therapy and Families
Focus: Introduction of Emotionally Focused Therapy and Family
Treatment including markers of change and common interventions.
Method: Didactic Instruction, Clinical Examples
4. EFFT: Assessment and Alliance Building
Focus: Stage 1 Practices in assessing families and building alliances.
Method: Didactic Instruction, Group discussion, Role Play, Video Example
Day 2
Morning Sessions: (9:30 am – 1 pm)
1. EFFT: Processing Patterns of Distress from the Inside Out
Focus: Tracking and reframing family distress as an escalating pattern.
Exploring primary emotional experiences and family patterns.
Method: Didactic Instruction, Role Play Exercises, Clinical Examples
2. EFFT: Changing Family Patterns
Focus: EFFT Demonstration
Method: Live session or Video Taped Example and discussion
Lunch (1 pm – 2 pm)
Afternoon Sessions: (2 pm – 5:30 pm)
3. EFFT: Enactments and the Power of Emotional Engagement
Focus: Review of steps to effective enactments in EFFT
Method: Didactic Instruction, Role Play Exercises, Clinical Examples
4. EFFT: Stage 3: Consolidation and Promoting Resilience
Focus: Review of final steps in EFFT and promoting family resilience
through attachment
Method: Didactic Instruction, Group Discussion, Role Play Exercises
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