EFIT and Grief: From Loss to Resilience with Emotionally Focused Individual Therapy

This webinar led by Leanne Campbell, PhD was originally broadcast live on Thursday, June 22, 2023.

This is a 6-hour On-Demand Webinar. Access information, handouts/resources, and CE credits information will be available immediately after successful registration. All registrants receive unlimited access to the recording for 365 days.

Attachment theory and science offer a guide to understanding love and loss. Emotionally Focused Individual Therapy (EFIT), an attachment-based, humanistic, experiential therapy, provides clinicians with a roadmap and set of interventions to support and guide individuals as they begin their unique journey from loss to resilience.

In this workshop, Dr. Leanne Campbell, Registered Psychologist and ICEEFT Certified Trainer, explores—through the lens of attachment—some of the mystery and meaning of common terms and expectations surrounding loss, acceptance, letting go, and moving on (to name a few). You’ll also witness firsthand the power of harnessing and employing the deep emotion that so often accompanies loss as Leanne guides you through the process from loss and grief to growth and resilience.

Participants in this workshop will discover:

  • The key elements of the attachment perspective and its significance for understanding personality, healthy functioning, love, and loss, including traumatic loss
  • The process of tuning in and finding focus in EFIT when working with loss
  • A guide for working with loss across the three stages of EFIT
  • How to apply key attachment-based, experiential, humanistic interventions based on the EFT model and over 30 years of process and outcome research when working with loss
  • Describe the key elements of the attachment perspective and its significance for understanding personality, health, and loss.
  • Describe the CARE model and its application in EFIT when working with loss
  • Outline the process of ‘first sessions’ in EFIT and use these early sessions to discern the needs and goals of the client in what is often a natural grief process
  • Create a ‘safe haven’ alliance for clients to explore and order their loss experience, in context
  • Outline the EFIT frame for understanding loss, including traumatic loss, as well as key considerations in charting the course 
  • Describe the three stages of EFIT and the way the therapist uses the three-stage roadmap to chart the course and support and/or guide clients through loss and grief to growth and resilience
  • Apply key EFT interventions in working with loss, including traumatic loss

Dr. Leanne Campbell is co-director of the Vancouver Island Centre for EFT (Emotionally Focused Therapy) and Campbell & Fairweather Psychology Group. She is also an Honourary Research Associate of Vancouver Island University.

Trained in the early 1990s by Dr. Sue Johnson, Leanne has continued to work in the EFT model since that time and has provided psychotherapy services to hundreds of individuals, couples, and families over the past three decades.

By request, Dr. Campbell also provides personalized, results-driven ‘intensives’ (i.e., boot camps) for couples who are motivated to improve their relationship and/or address attachment injuries related to infidelity, other significant life events, and/or transitions such as loss or trauma.

Known for her expertise in trauma, Leanne Campbell has provided hundreds of psychological assessment reports for forensic, legal, and personal injury matters being considered before various levels of the court system. She is also regularly called upon to provide expert opinion as well as psychological evaluations for various insurance companies and bodies involved in adjudicating personal injury and other trauma-based claims.

In addition to maintaining a full-time private practice with a primary focus on relationship strain, trauma, grief, and loss, Leanne currently co-manages a multi-site practice comprised of 25 clinicians and is a site co-ordinator for an Emotionally Focused Individual Therapy (EFIT) outcome study.

An active ICEEFT Certified Trainer, Dr. Campbell trains professionals around the globe and is involved in the development of various materials, including DVDs, online educational/training programs, books, workbooks, and articles. Most recently, she co-authored the first basic EFIT (Emotionally Focused Individual Therapy) text with Dr. Sue Johnson, A Primer for Emotionally Focused Individual Therapy (EFIT): Cultivating Fitness and Growth in Every Client (Routledge, 2021), as well as a workbook for therapists training in EFT (see Furrow et al., Routledge, 2022).

Leanne Campbell is well-known for her warmth and ability to develop strong therapeutic alliances with clients that helps them explore and shift from distressing cycles of interaction to closeness and understanding.

Time Topics Covered
10:00 am – 11:30 am


The key elements of the attachment perspective and its significance for understanding the impact of loss.

· The attachment perspective on personality – health and dysfunction

· A frame for understanding loss in context

· The key goals of EFIT as they pertain to helping clients move through loss to growth and resilience

· Overview of EFIT, the three stages, and the key set of macro-interventions – the TANGO

11:30 am – 11:45 am Break
11:45 am – 1:00 pm

The CARE model and ‘how to’ of first sessions in EFIT, with a focus on understanding, ordering and contextualizing loss

· Video Demonstration and Commentary

· Practitioner-relevant Exercise

1:00 pm – 1:30 pm Break
1:30 pm – 3:30 pm

Moving Through the Three-Stage Process

· Working with Loss in Stage 1 of EFIT

· Restructuring Self and System in the Aftermath of Loss (Stage 2 of EFIT)

3:30 pm – 3:45 pm Break
3:45 pm – 5:15 pm

Moving Through the 3-Stage Process continued…

· Consolidating and Integrating Gains and Supporting Clients Within and Beyond Stage 3 of EFIT

· Viewing and analysis of EFIT session(s)

· Practitioner-relevant exercise(s)

Concluding Comments and Q&A

This training offers 6 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 the On-Demand Recorded Version

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

Instructions on how to obtain your Certificate of Attendance will be distributed after you pass the Post-Webinar Quiz following the On-Demand recorded version of the webinar.

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For Canadian and Non-US International Participants

Upon fulfillment of the above requirements, Canadian and non-US international participants will be issued a Certificate of Participation that includes:

  • 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 an 80% grade to verify your attendance

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Who Should Attend

  • Marriage and Family Therapists
  • Clinical and Counselling Psychologists
  • Psychiatric Social Workers
  • Pastoral Counsellors
  • Psychotherapists
  • Psychiatrists
  • Physicians
  • Nurse Practitioners
  • Occupational Therapists
  • Counsellors
  • Graduate Students in accredited programs in the above fields
  • Case Managers
  • Licensed Professional Counsellors
  • All other professionals who would like to develop, update or expand their skills and knowledge in mental health practices