About the Presenter


Dr. Adele Lafrance is a clinical psychologist, research scientist, author and co-developer of emotion-focused treatment modalities, including Emotion-Focused Family Therapy. She has published extensively in the field of emotion and health, including the EFFT Clinician’s Manual published by the American Psychological Association. She has also written a popular parenting book titled: What to Say to Kids When Nothing Seems to Work.

A frequent keynote speaker at professional conferences, Adele is known for her engaging, energetic and authentic presentation style.  She 
provides consultation and training for clinicians, school boards and mental health agencies worldwide.


Adele is perhaps best known for promoting family-focused care for children, adolescents and adults struggling with mental health issues.


For more information about Adele and her work, visit:  www.dradelelafrance.com 

Emotion-Focused Family Therapy: Core Clinician Training

with Dr. Adele Lafrance, Co-Developer of EFFT


ONLINE LIVE STREAM EVENT


April 4, 5, 11 & 12, 2022, 5:30 pm - 8:30pm  ET*
4-part workshop, 3 hours per session

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

Early Bird Cost: $319 CAD + GST/HST (if applicable) by March 3, 2022
Regular Cost: $349 CAD + GST/HST (if applicable) after March 3, 2022
​**All prices are in CAD$. American Patrons - your dollar goes further! $1 CAD = $0.81 USD (as of October 22, 2021 - check online for current exchange rate) 

REGISTRATION DEADLINE: March 31, 2022 at 12 pm ET

* For information about Group Rates and Discounts 
click here.

**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,

click here

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.”

CEU's and Certificates of Attendance


For those requiring a Certificate of Attendance, certificates will be issued upon successful completion of a post-training quiz with a minimum score of 75% (multiple attempts allowed). Certificates will indicate the number of direct education hours (11), not including breaks. Certificates may be used to qualify for eligibility for Continuing Education Credits from licensing boards and professional colleges; it is recommended that you contact your college or association to confirm its requirements and the workshop's eligibility for CEU's. 


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. 

Refunds will not be issued in cases where a registrant did not receive the workshop login instruction email due to email issues.  It is the registrant’s responsibility to contact us if they don’t receive the required login information at least 24 hours prior to the start time of the workshop.

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Workshop Description

*Note: these techniques can be used in different clinical contexts, including in individual and group parenting sessions; 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, or an eating disorder. They are also often left out of treatment: sometimes because the child or adolescent requests this; sometimes because the parent requests individual treatment for the child or adolescent; 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 their loved one’s healing. This is where Emotion-Focused Family Therapy comes in. 

Emotion-Focused Family Therapy (EFFT) is a model developed to equip parents and caregivers with targeted and skills and support to leverage their healing power in their child’s recovery - regardless of the child’s age, level of motivation or involvement in formal treatment themselves.  EFFT also helps to decrease the frequency of problematic caregiving dynamics. The clinician’s role is to help caregivers to master the skills, tasks and feelings involved in four main domains:


1. Providing behavioural support as necessary, by supporting them through the interruption of symptoms and maladaptive behaviours;


2. Providing
emotional support as necessary, by supporting them to approach, process and manage stress and emotional pain fuelling symptoms or interfering with treatment uptake;


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, with a focus on emotion coaching, caregiver blocks and clinician blocks. 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:


  • Login details and instructions emailed in advance of the workshop
  • Downloadable handouts
  • Certificate of attendance upon successful completion of a brief online quiz (if desired)
  • Access to a recording of the workshop for a limited period of time after the workshop - so if you can’t join live, or need to miss part of the live workshop and want to view it afterwards, we’ve got you covered!