When: Monday, December 7, 2020, 9am-4:30pm EST
Where: On Zoom
Instructor: Gail Palmer, MSW, RMFT
Rates: Full Rate – $175; Early Bird Rate by 11/16 – $150; Student/Agency Clinicians* Full Rate – $125; Student/Agency Clinicians* Early Bird Rate by 11/16 – $110; Equity Rate** available (choose your own price)
Additional Rate for CEs: $20
CEs: 6 CEs approved for LMFTs, LICSWs, LMHCs, and Lic. Psychologists

As family therapists, we want to make a positive difference in our clients’ lives. Family life, however, is often messy and complex, and navigating multiple family perspectives, each with its own anguish and turmoil, can be overwhelming. EFFT offers a model of intervention that meets families exactly where they get stuck and enables them to have new conversations that build connection and promote resilience for children. This workshop focused on how therapists can help build a secure base for the next generation by strengthening the family unit.

EFFT is an attachment based family therapy model that restructures negative interaction and promotes bonding conversations between parents and their children. In the first stage of therapy, the EFFT therapist enables parents to process their personal blocks that stand in the way of their positive intention to be there for their children. In the second stage of therapy, the EFFT therapist works to reactivate children’s needs for care through processing their mistrust and attachment fears. Finally, the EFFT therapist consolidates the gains made in therapy to equip families to face problems and life challenges together.


  1. Described 3 areas of family distress using theories of emotion and attachment
  2. Identified 7 key practices of EFFT that differ from EFT work with couples
  3. Identified the first 2 stages and the markers of change in the EFFT approach
  4. Described and discuss a current family case from an EFFT perspective

9-10:30am Introduction: Attachment, Emotion, and the Family System
10:30-10:45am Break
10:45am-12pm Overview of Emotionally Focused Therapy and Families
12-12:45 pm Lunch
12:45-1:15pm Introduction to the Live Session
1:15-2:45pm Live Session
2:45-3pm Break
3-4:15pm Wrap-up and Q&A


Gail Palmer, MSW, RMFT is one of the Founding Members of the Ottawa Couple and Family Institute and Co-Director of the International Center of Excellence in Emotionally Focused Therapy. She holds a Masters degree in Social Work and is a Registered Marriage and Family Therapist in Canada. Over the past 30 years, Gail has worked closely with Dr. Sue Johnson, creator of Emotionally Focused Therapy, and is an experienced supervisor and trainer in EFT. She currently offers workshops, externships, and core skills trainings to mental health professionals in a variety of different settings across the world. She chairs the ICEEFT Education Committee and is responsible for mentoring and training EFT trainers internationally. Gail is an adjunct faculty member at Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, Canada and a sessional lecturer at Oxford University, Oxford, England.

Gail has a particular interest in applying the model with work with families. For the past decade, she has been one of the lead EFT trainers who have developed and expanded on Sue Johnson’s EFFT method. The definite text co-authored by Gail Emotionally Focused Family Therapy: Restoring Connection and Promoting Resilience is now available. Gail’s work has included EFFT trainings across North America, Europe, and Australia/New Zealand, presentations at EFT summits, workshops at the Networker and AAMFT, publications in the EFFT workbook and casebook, articles in professional journals and the ICEEFT newsletter. Professionally, Gail’s primary passion is to help therapists who are both new to EFT and trained in EFT, to bring the powerful interventions and skills of this model to the family therapy room.

*Agency Clinician/Student Rate: We offer this discounted rate to enable students and clinicians working in community mental health settings on a full-time basis to be able to participate. Group practices are not eligible.

**Equity Rate: This registration option is for participants with historical/institutional barriers to access. Please choose equity pricing only if you are a member of one or more historically marginalized communities.

This activity is approved certification by the New England Association for Family and Systemic Therapy (NEAFAST) on behalf of the Massachusetts Board of Registration of Allied Mental Health & Human Services Professions, for LMFT professional continuing education.

Continuing Education Credit is approved through Commonwealth Educational Seminars for the following professions:

  • Psychologists:
    Commonwealth Educational Seminars is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Commonwealth Educational Seminars maintains responsibility for this program and its content.
  • Licensed Professional Counselors/Licensed Mental Health Counselors:
    Commonwealth Educational Seminars (CES) is entitled to award continuing education credit for Licensed Professional Counselors/Licensed Mental Health Counselors. Please visit CES CE CREDIT to see all states that are covered for LPCs/LMHCs. CES maintains responsibility for this program and its content.
  • Social Workers:
    Commonwealth Educational Seminars (CES) is entitled to award continuing education credit for Social Workers. Please visit CES CE CREDIT to see all states that are covered for Social Workers. CES maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

Please note: It is the participant’s responsibility to check with their individual state boards to verify CE requirements for their state.

See our Cancellation and Grievance Policies