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EMOTIONALLY-FOCUSED THERAPY (EFT) SKILLS FOR WORKING WITH COUPLES - Learning to incorporate an EFT approach and skills into couples therapy work

Event Details
Date: 29 Apr 2020
Venue: Melbourne, Vic
CPD hrs: 7

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Organiser: The Professional Development People

* Also available as a live webcast on the 25th November 2020 click here

Developed by Sue Johnson and Les Greenberg in 1985, Emotionally-Focused Therapy (EFT) is a short-term systematic intervention designed to reduce distress in adult love relationships while creating more secure attachment bonds. EFT uses the power of emotion to evoke new and empathic responses between partners within their key interactions. These new emotional responses to a partner’s fears and needs help to create what Sue Johnson calls a new relationship “Dance” where rigidity is replaced by expansiveness and flexibility. This workshop is designed with one purpose in mind: to help participants utilise this approach to transform couple relationships to greater emotional security and satisfaction. This training is designed to inform participants in methods and provide skills to create a safe and collaborative environment, focus on what is most effective, and assist clients to free themselves from the intense emotional stories that they continue to repeat and which contribute to ‘relationship deterioration’. There will be a brief coverage of the theory based on the work of Carl Rogers and Attachment Theory that supports EFT but the essence of the workshop is developing practical skills through demonstrations, practice sessions and discussion. The method of EFT is progressive, working through a series of steps leading to a change in the couple’s narrative and building strong, secure attachments. Participants will be taken through these steps and will on completion of the workshop be familiar with the key steps in EFT.

Learning objectives

  • Introduction to the theoretical underpinnings of the EFT method.
  • Familiarity with and ability to apply the core skills of EFT in existing couples practice.
  • Comprehension of the steps involved in helping couples move from a cycle of negative interaction to a more positive and secure style of connection and satisfaction.
  • Ability to help couples consolidate and enhance their new perceptions and experiences in the relationship.
  • Enhanced confidence of the therapist to apply EFT to your practice.

Presenter details

Ari Badaines, Ph.D. is a clinical psychologist who trained in the United States. In 1980 he obtained a post-doctoral fellowship with the National Institute of Mental Health in Washington, DC where he studied Group Therapy, Family and Couple Therapy. Later, he undertook further training at the Institute for Family Therapy in London. Ari has been a consultant to numerous organisations including Relate in the UK, Richmond Fellowship and Youth-in-Search in Australia. He has taught at various universities in the USA, UK, and Australia. He was twice a keynote speaker for the annual conference of Marriage Guidance Counsellors (now Relationships) in the UK. In 2015, Ari led a two-day workshop for the Psychological Society of Ireland on ‘Action Techniques with Individuals and Couples’ which was so positively received that he has been invited back each year since to present on couples and family therapy. He is renowned as an engaging and popular presenter for PDP and for several European organisations. He has been in private practice for over 45 years, and has led workshops in over twenty countries on group therapy, couple and family therapy, and a variety of trainings on individual therapy including Gestalt therapy, Psychodrama, Solution-focused brief therapy, and Action-Methods.

Location and date

Mantra on Russell
222 Russell Street
Melbourne VIC 3000

29 April 2020

9:15am - 4:30pm

* Also available as a live webcast on the 25th November 2020 click here


Standard fee $298

This event is fully catered and all resources are provided.

Students and new graduates may apply to attend at a discount apply here.


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