The Psychological Society of Ireland



The Psychological Society of Ireland,
Floor 2, Grantham House,
Grantham Street, Dublin 8, D08 W8HD.


A 4 Day Externship Training in Dr. Susan Johnson's Emotionally Focused Therapy for Couples

Date: 28th April - 1st May 2017
Time: 9.00am-5.30pm Each Day
 Venue: Marino Institute of Education, Griffith Avenue, Dublin 9
CPD: 4 Per day, Total 16 CPD Credits

Early bird rate until 28th March 2017: €600
Standard rate from 29th March 2017: €670

Rationale for Event:
An opportunity for those wishing to learn a model of couples therapy that is well researched, empirically validated and has a clear framework and intervention for therapists in which to navigate couples and family distress.

Teaching Objectives:
  • Identify the key assumptions of attachment theory as it applies to adult relationships
  • Identify the assumptions, stages and steps of EFT, as well as key change events
  • Articulate key interventions that help clients to reprocess key emotional responses
  • Describe key interventions that help clients to restructure key attachment interactions
  • Identify common therapeutic impasses in EFT and how to address them
  • Implement EFT interventions in clinical exercises and case examples

Qualifications and prior experience necessary:

No prior experience with working with couples is necessary. The training is open to both new and experienced couples therapist. Participants must be accredited with professional association.

Outline of Psychological Content:

Marital distress is the single most common reason for seeking therapy. It undermines family functioning and is strongly associated with depression, anxiety disorder, and alcoholism. Dr. Susan Johnson's EFT offers a comprehensive theory of adult love and attachment, as well as a process of healing distressed relationships.
This experiential/systemic therapy focuses on helping partners restructure the emotional responses that maintain negative interactional patterns. Through a series of nine steps, the therapist will learn how to lead the couple away from conflict deadlock into new bonding interactions.

Outline of Relevant Empirical Support/ Evidence base for this activity:
1. Johnson, S. M., Moser, M. B., Beckes, L., Smith, A., Dalgleish, T., Halchuk, R., Hasselmo, K., Coan, J. A. (August 06, 2014). Soothing the threatened brain: Leveraging contact comfort with emotionally focused therapy (PLoS ONE (2013) 8, 11 (e79314) DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone. 0079314). Plos One, 9, 8.)
2. Burgess-Moser, M., Johnson, S. M., Dalgleish, T. L., Lafontaine, M.-F., Wiebe, S. A. and Tasca, G. A. (2015). Changes in relationship-specific attachment in emotionally focused couple therapy. Journal of Marital and Family Therapy, 42, 231–245. doi: 10.1111/jmft.12139
3. Stavrianopoulos, K., Faller, G., & Furrow, J. L. Emotionally Focused Therapy: Facilitating Change within a Family System. Journal of Couple & Relationship Therapy, ISSN 1533-2691, 01/2014, Volume 13, Issue 1, p.25
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Refund/Cancellation policy:
Due to contractual obligations that requires EFT Ireland to make advance payments, unfortunately we must apply the following cancellation fees which is non-negotiable should participants cancel their place. A full refund will be given, if, due to unforeseen circumstances EFT Ireland must cancel the training.

Cancellation Notice period                       Administrative cancellation fee
Up to 3rd February                                     €340 (this includes deposit)
4th February to 3rd March                        €370 (this includes deposit)
4th March to 28th March                           €450 (this includes deposit)
29th March onwards                                  100% fee required

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