​​​​​​​​​​​​​Workshop Description

*Note: these techniques can be used in individual therapy with caregivers; having the full family present is not necessary*


​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.


You will receive:
An electronic handout package emailed prior to the workshop and a workshop certificate afterwards.  Login details and instructions will be emailed in advance of the workshop.

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.

For more information about Dr. Lafrance and her work, visit www.mentalhealthfoundations.ca

Emotion-Focused Family Therapy: Clinician Training

with Dr. Adele Lafrance, Co-Developer of EFFT


ONLINE LIVE STREAM EVENT


June 18-19, 2020, 9:00 am - 4:30 pm  EDT

**Attending this workshop meets criteria towards certification as an EFFT Clinician/Therapist/Advanced Therapist (if desired). The workshop will still count as 2 days of “in-person clinician training” so long as you have your video on during the workshop and participate in the breakout activities. For more info about certification,

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2) To pay with EMAIL MONEY TRANSFER (CAD bank accounts only):

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 **Please note that an Eventbrite fee is added when registering online  and paying by credit/debit/paypal.  To avoid this fee, register using  the below options

** Please note: Due to COVID-19 we are not accepting cheque registrations at this time in order to protect our staff, as our mailbox is off-site.

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.”

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Instructor: Adele Lafrance, PhD
Location: Online Line Stream Event

Early Bird Cost: $319 CAD + 13% HST (=$360.47) by May 17, 2020
Regular Cost: $349 CAD + 13% HST (=$394.37) after May 17, 2020
​**All prices are in CAD$. American Patrons - your dollar goes further! $1 CAD = $0.71 USD (as of April 6, 2020 - check online for current exchange rate) 

REGISTRATION DEADLINE: June 16, 2020 at 12 pm

* For information about Group Rates and Discounts 
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REGISTRATION OPTIONS: 2 WAYS TO REGISTER 
1) To pay with CREDIT CARD or PAYPAL: 
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Cancellation Policy


​​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 individual at no extra cost. In this case, please notify Mission: Empowerment of the name of the alternate person. The organizers reserve the right to cancel the event due to instructor illness, extreme weather, under-enrollment or other unforeseen circumstances. If a workshop is cancelled, any registration payment will be returned in full. Liability is limited to a refund of workshop/live-stream fees only.