Parents and caregivers often feel helpless when their child (no matter the age) is experiencing a mental health issue such as depression, anxiety, psychosis, or an eating disorder. They are also often left out of treatment: sometimes because the child requests this; sometimes because the parent requests individual treatment for the child; and sometimes due to agency protocol. Yet family members, if provided with the opportunity and the right tools, can often have the biggest impact on a child’s healing. This is where Emotion-Focused Family Therapy comes in.
Emotion-Focused Family Therapy (EFFT) is an innovative treatment model, rooted in a deep and unwavering belief in the healing power of families. The goal of EFFT is to support and empower caregivers to adopt a primary role in their loved one’s recovery, regardless of the loved one’s age, level of motivation or involvement in formal treatment themselves. The clinician’s role is to help caregivers to master the skills, tasks and feelings involved in four main domains:
1. Becoming their loved one’s behaviour coach, by supporting them through the interruption of symptoms and maladaptive behaviors;
2. Becoming their loved one’s emotion coach, by supporting them to approach, process and manage stress, emotions and emotional pain;
3. Facilitating relationship repair and healing possible wounds from the child and family’s past in order to help loved ones to let go of the weight of old injuries, and
4. Working through and resolving the fears and obstacles that surface in the caregiver during this challenging and novel journey.
This final component is critical since, throughout the course of treatment, some well-intentioned caregivers can struggle to support their loved one’s treatment. They may even engage in behaviours that enable their loved one’s symptoms, creating challenges for even the most experienced clinicians. For this reason, the EFFT model includes a module for clinician and team challenges as well.
This two-day interactive workshop will introduce participants to the fundamental principles and techniques of EFFT. Through discussions, case examples, demonstrations, and small and large group exercises, participants will also have an opportunity for hands-on practice and skill-building.
Background/experience in family therapy is not necessary.
An administrative fee of $50 will be charged for all cancellations. Cancellation 14 or more days prior to the workshop date – receive a refund, less $50 administration fee. Cancellation less than 14 days prior to the workshop date – receive a credit, less $50 administration fee, to be applied to a future workshop. No credit or refund will be issued if you do not notify us in advance of the workshop date. You may transfer your registration to another person without prior notice. The organizers reserve the right to cancel the event due to under-enrollment, instructor illness or inclement weather. If a workshop is cancelled, any payment will be returned in full.
Instructor: Adele Lafrance, PhD
Location: BEST WESTERN PLUS The Arden Park Hotel, 552 Ontario Street, Stratford, ON
Early Bird Cost: $349 CAD + 13% HST (=$394.37) by Oct 4, 2018
Regular Cost: $379 CAD + 13% HST (=$428.27) after Oct 4, 2018
Includes lunch, morning and afternoon refreshments
**All prices are in CAD$. American Patrons - your dollar goes further! $1 CAD = $0.78 USD (as of March 11, 2018 - check online for current exchange rate)
REGISTRATION DEADLINE: November 1, 2018 at 4pm
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For more information about Dr. Lafrance and her work, visit www.mentalhealthfoundations.ca
What Others Are Saying:
“In 24 years of practice this EFFT training has been 150% the most valuable , pertinent and exciting training I have experienced!! Life changing!! Thank you!”
“This practice is a game changer for “everyone. Life changing. Freeing. Breath of fresh air.”
“I came in extremely skeptical and it transformed my life in massive ways - I did not expect that whatsoever.”
“This training has shifted my practice and hopefully the lives of loved ones and clients. I would recommend this training 100 times over and hope to attend more advanced trainings in the future.”
"I have been a clinician for 17 years and this model is the one I have been searching for and I am so grateful to have found it! This training had a life changing impact on me both personally and professionally.”
About the Presenter
Adele Lafrance, Ph.D., is a Clinical Psychologist and Associate Professor in the Psychology Department at Laurentian University. She is co-developer of Emotion-Focused Family Therapy (EFFT) and developer of Emotion-Focused School Support. As founding co-director of Mental Health Foundations, Dr. Lafrance provides consultation and training for clinicians, school boards and mental health agencies worldwide.
Dr. Lafrance currently leads multiple research projects in the areas of EFFT and mental health (including eating disorders), and has published extensively in the field of clinical psychology. Along with colleagues, she is writing the clinician manual on Emotion-Focused Family Therapy for the American Psychological Association. She has developed and researched a supervision model for clinicians and she offers supervision and training for individual clinicians and organizations across Canada and Europe. She also maintains a private practice of psychotherapy and integration support. Dr. Lafrance is perhaps best known for promoting family-focused care for children, adolescents and adults struggling with mental health issues.
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