Emotion-Focused Family Therapy For Mental Health Professionals

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Training Details

Event Dates and Timeframe
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Day 1:
Thursday, September 23, 2021
Day 2:
Friday, September 24, 2021
Location and Delivery Method
Delivery Method
Online / Web Delivered
Cost Range
$140.00 to $337.50
Early bird and student pricing available.

Host And Instructor

Alaska Eating Disorders Alliance (AKEDA)
Dr. Elizabeth Easton, Psy.D.
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C.E. Credit for BH - Alaska Board of Marriage and Family Therapy: 12.00
C.E. Credit for BH - Alaska Board of Social Work Examiners: 12.00
C.E. Credit for BH - Alaska Board of Professional Counselors: 12.00 [pending]

Training Overview Description

This 2-day training will offer 12 CEUs for Alaska LPCs, LMFTs, and LCSWs. Live, virtual, and interactive, mental health professionals will learn to empower parent to act as behavior and emotion coaches for their children of all ages who experience eating disorders and other mental health issues where emotional dysregulation occurs.

The 2-day core training for clinicians will provide the basis for clinicians to begin utilizing EFFT with families in their care. The essence of Emotion-Focused Family Therapy (EFFT) is to increase the positive role of caregivers in their child’s recovery, regardless of their age, level of motivation, or involvement in formal treatment themselves. The role is to support parents and caregivers to increase their involvement in specific ways – including recovery coaching, emotion coaching, and therapeutic apologies. The model also involves a module for clinicians to support caregivers to identify, understand, and transform “emotion blocks” that lead to therapy-interfering attitudes or behaviors.

This final component is critical since through the course of treatment, some well-intentioned caregivers can struggle to support their loved one’s treatment. They may even engage in behaviors that enable their loved one’s symptoms, creating challenges for the most experienced clinicians. For this reason, the EFFT model includes a module for clinician and team challenges as well.

Learning Objectives:

Following this conference, participants will be able to:
• Explain the systemic, neurobiological, psychological and cultural rationales for a larger and more comprehensive role for caregivers throughout the recovery process
• Describe the EFFT model, including a theoretical model to identify problematic emotional processes underlying therapy-interfering behaviors in caregivers
• Identify markers for the use of the therapeutic apologies in the context of self-blame, other blame and relational injuries
• Recognize the emotional processes underlying therapy-interfering behaviors in clients, caregivers, clinicians and treatment teams
• Discuss ethical and legal considerations related to increased caregiver involvement, including when caregivers are severely under-resourced.

Agenda & Schedule:

Day 1: (Clinician-Based)

  • Theoretical Principles - Emotion-Focused Family Therapy
  • Theory and Practice: Emotion Coaching Framework
  • Theory and Practice: Emotion Coaching - Underlying Anger
  • Theory and Practice: Emotion Coaching - Hopelessness

Day 2: (Clinician-Based)

  • Theoretical Principles - Caregiver Block Work
  • Theory and Practice: Emotion Coaching - Caregiver Problematic Attitudes and Behaviors
  • Theoretical Principles - Therapeutic Apologies
  • Practice: Therapeutic Apology – Standard
  • Theoretical Principles - Clinician Blocks
  • Practice: Case Conceptualization

Daily Schedule

9-10:45: theory/practice
10:45-11: break
11-12:30: theory/practice
12:30-1:30: lunch break
1:30-3: theory/practice
3-3:15: break
3:30-4:30: theory/practice
4:30-5: review & close

Event-specific Details

Event will be held with live instructor, providing instruction via zoom. The course will be interactive and include role-play, scripts, and breakout rooms.

This conference will provide training in the use of Emotion-Focused Family Therapy. This modality helps empower families to act as behavior and emotion coaches for their children of all ages who experience emotional and behavioral outbursts. The training will use an eating disorders lens, but the skills are highly generalizable for other clients with intense emotion dysregulation.