Emotionally Focused Individual Therapy: Applying Attachment Theory in Clinical Settings

This On Demand Webinar is 6 hours. Access information, resources and CEU information will be sent to you shortly after registration and registrants will be given unlimited access to the recording for a full year


What previous attendees are saying about this webinar!

“I love the “On demand” format of these trainings! It makes them incredibly accessible. When time is an issue, it is great to have access to the training! Sue did an amazing job at adapting to the virtual setting – even allowing for exercises and questions/dialogue.”

“Sue is incredibly knowledgeable, skilled, and passionate. It is a joy to learn from her and to understand the importance of attachment and how it plays out in my clients’ struggles and how I can leverage it in session to help move them towards their treatment goals.”

“Given our changing times, this workshop was a very enjoyable experience and i found that Sue had a great way of making the material come alive with her passion for attachment theory and emotionally focused therapy as a whole.”

Over the last two decades, Emotionally Focused Therapy revolutionized couples therapy by offering practical protocols for assessment, intervention and treatment based on attachment theory. Now, EFT lead developer Sue Johnson introduces the transformative power of working with attachment patterns into the counselling of individuals.

Based on Sue Johnson’s most recent book, Attachment Theory in Practice, this workshop explores how your clients’ need for connection with others shapes their neural architecture and consequently their everyday emotional lives and vulnerabilities, and significant interpersonal dramas. 

Emotionally Focused Individual Therapy (EFIT) provides an integration of experiential and systemic interventions that create corrective emotional experiences that expand your clients’ sense of self and interpersonal repertoire. Sequences such as the EFT Tango will help transform models of self, affect regulation and ways of engaging with the world.

In EFIT, clients gradually move into the willingness to be vulnerable, responsive and fully engaged with life – in other words, showing the characteristics of secure attachment. 

Through a series of emotionally transformative dialogues, EFIT restructures your client’s interaction with you (the therapist), with representations of attachment figures or aspects of self. It is a science-based approached found helpful for clients dealing with disorders such as depression, anxiety and post-traumatic stress disorder.

This workshop will outline the theory and practice of EFIT. You will learn about core models of health and dysfunction from an attachment perspective including how growth and adaptation can be blocked. By focusing on the primacy of emotion and how to create a safe haven and secure base alliance, you will learn how to stay with present processes in session to shape key change events. Lecture and discussion will be accompanied by the viewing of EFIT sessions and experiential exercises.

By the end of this training, attendees will be better able to —

  • Explain the laws of attachment that structure the development of personality and their significance for clinical intervention
  • Identify, assess and use internal cycles of affect regulation and habitual ways of dancing with others that relate to presenting problems and emotional disorders
  • Discuss and apply the stages of EFIT
  • Identify the core components of emotional disorders such as depression and anxiety
  • Identify change events and reshape defining internal dramas 
  • Apply and adapt EFIT for different presenting symptoms
  • Implement the basics of the EFT Tango and other interventions
  • Discuss and explain who is EFT best suited for, strengths and limitations
  • Apply learning strategies for EFT

Sue Johnson, EdD, is the lead developer of EFT.  She is the Director the International Centre for Excellence in Emotionally Focused Therapy (ICEEFT), 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 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.  Her most recent book for therapists is Attachment in Practice: EFT with Individuals, Couples and Families. She is also author of the best-sellers Hold Me Tight, and Love Sense: The Revolutionary New Science in Romantic Relationships.  In 2016, Sue was awarded the Order of Canada for her 35-year contribution to the field of psychotherapy. Over 65 centres affiliated with ICEEFT now teach the EFT model around the world.

Daily Agenda: Day 1: Tuesday, December 1, 2020

Time Topic Covered
12:00 – 1:30 pm
  • The attachment perspective on personality – health and dysfunction.  
  • Outlining the EFIT model – Stages, Goals, Fit with Attachment Science
1:30 – 3:00 pm
  • The Basics of EFT/EFIT: experiential and systemic, Goals, Stages, Contraindications
  • Differences: EFIT vs Emotionally Focused Therapy for Couples/Families
3:00 -4:00 pm 1 Hour Break
4:00 – 5:30 pm
  • The Tango in EFIT sessions: Demonstration of EFIT, viewing and discussion of video clip of EFIT in session
5:30 – 6:30 pm
  • Exercises: The EFT Tango
6:30 – 7:00 pm
  • Discussion, Q & A period

Daily Agenda: Day 2: Tuesday, December 8, 2020

Time Topic Covered
12:00 – 1:30 pm The Stages of EFIT


Stage 1: Assessment, Emotional Disorders

  • Clinical Exercise
1:30 – 3:00 pm Stage 2: Change Events: Deepening Emotion, Reshaping defining inner dramas

  • EFIT demonstration, presentation of video clips, discussion
3:00 -4:00 pm 1 Hour Break
4:00 – 5:30 pm
  • Intervention Practice
  • Clinical exercises elaborating on interventions
5:30 – 6:30 pm
  • Summary, Who is EFT best suited for, Strengths and Limitations, Learning Strategies
6:30 – 7:00 pm
  • Discussion, Q & A period

This training offers 12 hours of direct contact (not counting breaks or lunch). It is the participant’s responsibility to check with their individual state boards/regulatory body to verify CE requirements for their license to practice.

For Attendees of On Demand/Recorded Version

If you cannot verify 100% attendance of the Live Broadcast or if you are watching the On Demand/recorded version of this webinar, you will need to complete a Post-Webinar Quiz with a pass of at least 80% in order to verify your attendance.

For US Participants

  • Continuing Education Credit is pending approval through Commonwealth Educational Seminars for these following professions.
  • Instructions on how obtaining your Certificate of Attendance will be distributed either upon completion of the Live Broadcast or after participants pass the Post-Webinar Quiz following the On Demand recorded version of the webinar.

For more general info about CEs for US Participants, please click here.  

For Canadian and International participants

Upon fulfillment of the above requirements, Canadian and international participants will be issued a Certificate of Participation which features:

  • Name of Participant
  • Title of Training
  • Name of Presenter plus their credentials
  • Number of hours of training
  • Date of training
  • Confirmation that you have passed a quiz with at least 80% grade to verify your attendance

Please check carefully with your regulating body/organization that this certificate is sufficient proof for you to claim CEUs.

For general information about Continuing Education for Canadians and International participants, please click here.  

This training is aimed at all mental health professionals including:

  • social workers
  • counsellors
  • psychologists
  • psychiatrists
  • medical professionals supporting mental health patients
  • psychotherapists
  • mental health counsellors
  • marriage and family therapists and counsellors
  • occupational therapists
  • vocational rehabilitation therapists
  • addiction counsellors
  • religious counsellors
  • therapists
  • case managers
  • art therapists
  • licensed professional counsellors
  • all other professionals who would like to develop, update or expand their skills and knowledge in mental health practices
Webinar Rate $261.00 (approx. USD$209)
Dedicated Learner Rate* $221.85 (approx. USD$176)
Whole Enchilada Rate Included

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