Graduate Booster: An Introduction to Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy

CE Hours: 4.0
Instructor: Frani Pollack, MSW, PhD

A Live, Interactive Webconference

Cost: This training is free but open only to supervisors and behavioral health professionals working in agencies contracted with CFBT

Thursday, November 30, 2023, All Training Groups via Live Interactive Zoom

While the major focus of treatment in FBMHS is on the parent-child relationship, therapists often encounter significant conflict in the couple which undermines their ability to co-parent.  This workshop introduces an evidence-based approach to working with the couple subsystem, Emotionally Focused Treatment (EFT), developed by Dr. Sue Johnson. Like ESFT, EFT has its roots in Structural Family Therapy and Attachment theory.  In this training, the history and basic tenets of EFT are described, and the role of emotional experience in creating change.  Focus is also given to the EFT version of the negative interactional cycle, stages of treatment, and how enactments are used to facilitate the couple relationship. This workshop uses didactic presentation, case discussion, and review of videotapes to present the material.

This workshop includes lecture, video-tape review, handouts, and breakout rooms for discussion and for practicing skills. Participants will be provided with a comprehensive list of resources for further study.


As a result of attending this training, participants will be able to:

  1. Describe the negative cycle in EFT
  2. Describe the stages of EFT treatment
  3. Recognize the role of underlying emotions in couples’ work
  4. Describe how enactments are utilized in EFT

This is an intermediate level course. The target audience is behavioral health professionals who have completed the three-year training within Pennsylvania’s Family Based program. This is a live synchronous distance learning activity conducted in real time, allowing for simultaneous participation of participants and instructors from different locations.


8:25am-10:30am: Focus on Objectives 1-2
10:30am-10:40am: Break
10:40am-12:35pm: Focus on Objectives 3-4

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