EFFT therapists focus on the emotional experience within a family and the problem patterns that block family members from accessing the resources they would otherwise share.

A primary goal of EFFT is to reduce problematic behaviour by creating new patterns of emotional accessibility and responsiveness that offer a secure base for children to develop and families to thrive. EFFT provides a practical approach to engaging families at an emotional level. Accessing, processing, and connecting family members through the power of emotional experience promotes healing and fosters a family’s resilience to the everyday and unexpected challenges of life.

Emotionally Focused Family Therapy: Level 1

This workshop will demonstrate how the EFT model of working with couples is extended and modified to fit
the family context. Attention will be given to how EFT practice with families is different and what additional
skills are needed. For example, how to process parental blocks to emotional accessibility and responsiveness
while also keeping the child safe will be a dynamic addressed. Participants will learn a powerful transformative
approach that is foundational in helping parents and children who are struggling with remaining securely

Emotionally Focused Family Therapy: Level 2

Prerequisite: EFFT Level 1
This workshop will focus on the core competencies integral to the practice of Emotionally Focused Family
Therapy. The two days will offer in-depth skills training through a combination of brief lectures, video
demonstrations, live modelling, case discussions, and supervised role-playing practice. The interventions of
EFT as it applies to the family context will be described and demonstrated and participants will have the
opportunity to practice EFFT core skills in a small group setting. Emphasis in this workshop will be on skill
building and applying the model to the participants’ family practice.


Workshop Format:

This workshop will combine didactic instruction, experiential exercises, and case examples to demonstrate the
practice of EFFT. Participants are encouraged to bring examples from their casework to explore the
application of EFFT to their own work. When possible, a live demonstration session is included.

About The Facilitator:

Gail Palmer, RMFT, MSW is one of the founding members of the Ottawa Couple and Family Institute and Vice
President of the International Center of Excellence in Emotionally Focused Therapy. She holds a Master’s
degree in Social Work and is a Registered Marriage and Family Therapist in Canada. For over 30 years, Gail has
worked closely with Dr. Sue Johnson, creator of Emotionally Focused Therapy, and is an experienced trainer
and supervisor in EFT. She currently offers workshops, externships and core skills trainings to mental health
professionals in a variety of different settings across the world.

Gail has a particular interest in applying the EFT model to working with families. She has co-authored the
seminal EFFT text Emotionally Focused Therapy, Restoring Connection and Promoting Resilience, 2019. Her
work has included EFFT trainings across North America, Europe and Australia/New Zealand, presentations at
EFT summits, international conferences, publications in the EFFT workbook and casebook, articles in
professional journals and the ICEEFT newsletter. Professionally, Gail’s primary passion is to help therapists
who are both new to EFT and trained in EFT, to bring the powerful interventions and skills of this model to the
family therapy space.


Emotionally Focused Family Therapy, Level 1 – $450 (Early Bird August 15th, 2022, $400)
Emotionally Focused Family Therapy Level 1 and 2 – $850 (Early Bird August 15th, 2022, $800)

Note: EFFT Level 1 is a prerequisite for Level 2. Both workshops are limited to 40 participants.

Workshop Information


Level 1: October 3rd & 4th, 2022; Level 2: February 6th & 7th, 2023.


9:00am-4:30pm with 1hr lunch break. Light refreshments and snacks will be provided.


Burnside Gorge Community Center, 471 Cecelia Road, Victoria BC.


Level 1: $450 (early bird: $400); Level 2: $850 (early bird: $800).

Registration Information

Contact Emlyn Sheeley at [email protected] to register.

Both workshops are limited 40 participants.

Cancellations made 14 days prior to the start of the first session will be charged a $75 administration fee.

For cancellations made before the start of the first session, but less than 14 days will be refunded 50%.

Cancellations made after the first session will not be refunded.

All requests to cancel must be emailed to [email protected] – please ensure you receive a confirmation of your cancellation after sending.