​​​​​​​​​​Workshop Description

“Apologizing does not mean you are to blame – it means you

are willing to share the burden of the pain of generations past”​


Therapeutic Apologies (TA) are one of the most powerful interventions used in Emotion-Focused Family Therapy, given their potential to transform emotional pain in the self and other. 

The TA intervention can be integrated and delivered in the context of individual, couple and other family-oriented therapies. It involves coaching clients to deliver a specifically constructed apology, rooted within a no-blame framework, intended to facilitate healing for both parties. Clients are also taught what not to do and how to handle difficult responses from the other. The use of TAs is not limited to situations in which there was an emotional injury; they can also be used to help lift the burden felt by those struggling with mental illness who are blaming themselves - or caregivers who are blaming themselves.


Benefits of TAs include:

·       Reduced shame and self-blame
·       Reduced parental self-blame
·       Increased feelings of worthiness and self esteem
·       Increased resilience
·       Better health outcomes
·       Increased openness to receiving support/treatment
·       Decreased resistance to caregiver involvement
·       Healing of old wounds
·       Improved relationships

This workshop will provide a “deep dive” into the Therapeutic Apologies intervention.  Participants will receive step-by-step instruction, scripts, and ample practice opportunities to equip them with the tools and confidence to effectively implement the intervention with clients immediately following the workshop.


You will learn:

  • How to assess when TAs are indicated, and when they are not
  • The theory at the foundation of TAs
  • The key ingredients for an effective TA
  • How to teach the TA intervention to clients using scaffolding techniques
  • How to equip clients to respond to difficult reactions to a TA in a productive manner, including to anger, silence, denial, reassurance or expressions of pain.
  • Different variations of TAs that can be applied to specific situations including:
    • A TA from parent to child (of any age) or between partners when the relationship is strained or in need of strengthening.
    • A TA from parent to child (of any age) when the child is struggling with a mental health issue and is weighed down by shame or self-blame.
    • A TA involving an in-office, empty-chair technique to support the release of parent self-blame.


For a more detailed explanation of each of the three applications listed above, and the rationale for TAs in each of these situations,
click here


You will receive:


* Prior training in Emotion Focused Family Therapy is not necessary to attend this workshop.

​​​​​​Instructors: Adele Lafrance, PhD
Location: Online Live Stream Event

Early Bird Cost: $199 CAD + 13% HST (=$224.87) by Oct 11, 2020
Regular Cost: $225 CAD + 13% HST (=$254.25) after Oct 11, 2020

​**All prices are in CAD$. American Patrons - your dollar goes further! $1 CAD = $0.75 USD (as of Aug 10, 2020 - check online for current exchange rate) 

REGISTRATION DEADLINE: Nov 10, 2020 at 12 noon ET**

**Note: deadline has been extended to Nov 11, 2020 at 6:00pm ET for ONLINE/EVENTBRITE REGISTRATIONS ONLY

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

To download the poster, click here

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

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​**Attending this workshop meets criteria towards certification as an EFFT Clinician/Therapist/Advanced Therapist through the IIEFFT (if desired). The workshop will  count as 1 day 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

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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 education hours (6). 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.​ This workshop has been pre-approved for 6 continuing education hours by the CACCF.  


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.

** 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.

EFFT Intensive Workshop: Therapeutic Apologies in Psychotherapy


ONLINE LIVE STREAM EVENT

November 12, 2020, 9:00 am - 4:30 pm ET*

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About the Presenter


Adele Lafrance, Ph.D., is a clinical psychologist, research scientist and published author. 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. She is co-author of the
Clinician Manual on Emotion-Focused Family Therapy as well as a book for Caregivers titled What to Say to Kids When Nothing Seems to Work. Her work has also been featured in various news outlets, including NBC's "The Doctors". Dr. Lafrance is perhaps best known for promoting family-focused care for children, adolescents and adults struggling with mental health issues.