Emotionally Focused Family Therapy (EFFT)

A Two-Day Workshop in EFFT

with James Furrow, PhD & Lisa Palmer-Olsen, PsyD

Upcoming Trainings TBA


Emotionally Focued Family Therapy (EFFT) is an attachment-based approach that combines both systemic and experiential interventions to mend broken bonds and heal fractured families. 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 attached. 


This workshop will combine didactic instruction, experiential excesses, and case examples to demonstrate the practice of Emotionally Focused Family Therapy (EFFT). Participants are encouraged to bring examples from their casework to explore the application of EFFT to their own work. When possible, live demonstration sessions are included. 


Other EFFT Trainings

About Our Trainers

James Furrow, Ph.D.

James Furrow, Ph.D., is a recognized leader in the development and practice of Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) with couples and families. Together with EFT originator, Dr. Susan Johnson, Jim co-authored Becoming an EFT Therapist: The Workbookand The EFT Casebook, and Emotionally Focused Family Therapy:  Restoring Connection and Promoting Resilience. His presentations are well regarded nationally and internationally for their substantive, practical, and inspiring focus. Jim maintains an active research program studying the process of EFT and its outcome with couples and families. His research appears in Applied Developmental Science, Developmental Psychology, Journal of Couple and Relationship Therapy, Journal of Marital and Family Therapy, Journal of Systemic Therapies, and Psychology and Spirituality. Formerly Jim served as the Freed Professor of Marital and Family Therapy at Fuller Graduate School of Psychology where he trained psychologists and marital and family therapists in couple therapy for over two decades.He is a clinical fellow and an approved supervisor of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, a member of the National Council on Family Relations, and a Certified Family Life Education. He is a certified EFT therapist, supervisor, and trainer. 

Lisa J. Palmer, LMFT

I am a licensed marriage and family therapist in San Diego California.  I am a Certified EFT Therapist and Supervisor and a Founder and Director of the San Diego Center for Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy.  I completed her dissertation research on how to teach and supervise EFT. Dr. Sue Johnson and Dr. Scott Woolley were part of my dissertation committee.  My primary clinical and research interests are in the areas of couple and family therapy; specifically with those couples and families dealing with severe trauma and attachment disorders.  I am an AAMFT clinical member and approved AAMFT supervisor. As a student of Alliant International University, I had the opportunity to train under family therapy founders Dr. Jay Haley and Dr. James Framo. I earned the Bachelor degree of Psychology at Colorado State University, the Master and Doctoral Degrees in Marriage and Family Therapy at Alliant International University.


What are the key differences between Sue Johnson’s EFFT and other forms of EFFT?  

  • Our approach focuses on transforming patterns and blocks related to emotional engagement.
  • Our approach is rooted in attachment processes, including caregiving and meeting attachment-related needs.
  • Our approach focuses on working through relational blocks with parents and children in session together.