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Couples Therapy in the 21st Century: On Target, Effective and Revolutionary

Presented by Sue Johnson, Ed.D.

Tuesday, November 7, 2017 – Wednesday, November 8, 2017  |  Langley, bc

Workshop Description

Couples therapy offers us a rich amazing venue to create lasting change in individuals, core relationships and families. This two day workshop will outline the Emotionally Focused Model of Couple Therapy (EFT), and how it illustrates the new science of love and bonding. This new science will be summarized and its implications for the couple therapist pinpointed. We now have a map for love and loving that allows the therapist to be on target: to go to the heart of the matter and shape new interactions that redefine the security of the bond between partners and create an environment of healing and growth.


The EFT model represents the cutting edge of couple interventions and this workshop will address the three main tasks of therapy, creating a safe haven alliance, working to regulate and transform emotions and emotional signals, and choreographing a couple’s dance to foster emotional connection and fulfill attachment needs. The workshop will include didactic presentations on the nature of love and attachment, the state of couple therapy and the conceptual and clinical base of EFT as well as experiential exercises and the observation and discussion of video recorded therapy sessions.


Basic Texts– Suggested Reading

  • The Practice of Emotionally Focused Therapy: Creating Connection – Routledge 2004
  • Hold Me Tight: Seven Conversations for a Lifetime of Love – Little Brown 2008
  • Love Sense: The Revolutionary New Science of Romantic Relationships – Little Brown 2014





Workshop Topics:

Agenda & Learning Objectives

DAY ONE – Tuesday, November 7

9.00am – 10.30am

  • Introduction to couple intervention in the 21st Century The State of the Art.
  • Introduction to the basics of the EFT model. EFT Research & Practice


10.45am – 12.15pm

  • The EFT model – key components.
  • Overview – Attachment theory and science. Relevance for clinical practice


1.30pm – 3.00pm

  • Overview of Stages and Steps of the EFT model. Specific focus on Stage 1. Video viewing.


3.15pm – 3.45pm

  • Clinical exercise – Outlining negative cycles that perpetuate disconnection in Stage 1

3.45pm – 4.10pm

  • Viewing interventions on clinical training tapes

4.10pm – 4.30pm

  • Overview of Day 1 and Discussion


DAY TWO – Wednesday, November 8

9.00am – 10.00am

  • Question and Answer – Overview of EFT interventions

10.00am – 10.30am

  • Stage 2 – Change events – Video viewing


10.45am – 12.15pm

  • Key Tasks: Working with emotion – Shaping evocative enactments.
  • Exercise and video viewing


  • 30 -3.00 Difficult couples – escalated couples, traumatized couples. Video Viewing


3.15pm – 4.00pm

  • Dealing with relationship trauma: Attachment injuries such as affairs

4.00pm – 4.30pm

  • Summary and general discussion

Learning Objectives

Participants will be able to:

  • Outline the laws of human bonding and how they operate in adult love relationships.
  • List the stages, steps and interventions of EFT.
  • Make sense of the stuck places that perpetuate negative cycles and emotional disconnection in love relationships.
  • Describe how to set up new bonding interactions that redefine connection and change working models of attachment.
  • Outline how to adapt the model to different individuals, including escalated, traumatized, and depressed partners.

Continuing Education Credits

This workshop has been formally approved by the following associations:
  • Canadian Addiction Counsellors Certification Federation (CACCF)
  • Canadian College of Professional Counsellors and Psychotherapists (CCPCP)
  • Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association (CCPA)
  • Canadian Professional Counsellors Association (CPCA)
  • Canadian Psychological Association (CPA)
  • Canadian Vocational Rehabilitation Association (VRA)
  • Employee Assistance Certification Commission (EACC)
  • Indigenous Certification Board of Canada (ICBOC)
  • Medical Psychotherapy Association Canada (MDPAC)
  • Ontario Association of Consultants, Counsellors, Psychometrists and Psychotherapists (OACCPP)
  • Ontario Expressive Arts Therapy Association (OEATA)

† The Alberta College of Social Workers (ACSW) and the Newfoundland and Labrador Association of Social Workers (NLASW) accept CPA-approved CEUs.

* Participants will receive a certificate of completion after every workshop. Workshops are pre-approved for 5.5 or 6 credits per day unless otherwise specified.

Your Presenter(s)

Sue Johnson, Ed.D.

Sue Johnson, Ed.D., is the leading developer of Emotionally Focused Therapy (or EFT).  She is a Professor Emeritus of Clinical Psychology at the University of Ottawa, Distinguished Research Professor in the Marital & Family Therapy Program at Alliant University in San Diego, Director of the International Centre for Excellence in Emotionally Focused Therapy (CEEFT) and Director of the Ottawa Couple and Family Institute.

Sue received her doctorate in Counselling Psychology from the University of British Columbia in 1984.  She is a registered Psychologist in the province of Ontario, Canada, and a member of the editorial boards of the Journal of Marital and Family Therapy, the Journal of Couple and Relationship Therapy and the Journal of Family Psychology.

Dr. Johnson has received a variety of awards acknowledging her development of EFT and her significant contribution to the field of couple and family therapy and adult attachment.  Her numerous honours include the Outstanding Contribution to the Field of Couple and Family Therapy Award from the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy.  She is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association.

Sue has numerous publications in the field of couple therapy.  Her most recent publication, Soothing The Threatened Brain:  Leveraging Contact Comfort through Emotionally Focused Therapy (PLOS) included a brain scan study showing how contact with a loving partner mitigates threat and fear responses.  Sue’s most recent book, Love Sense:  The Revolutionary New Science in Romantic Relationships, outlines the new understanding of why and how we love based on scientific evidence and cutting-edge research.  Sue is also the author of the bestseller, Hold Me Tight:  Seven Conversations for a Lifetime of Love.

Sue’s other books include The Practice of Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy:  Creating Connection (2nd Ed, Routledge, 2004) – the basic text on EFT for couple therapy, Emotionally Focused Couple Therapy with Trauma Survivors (Guilford, 2002) and edited books such as Attachment Processes in Couples Therapy (Guilford, 2003).


Recent Awards and Accolades

  • 2016      Family Psychologist of the Year” award – American Psychological Association (APA), Division 43

  • 2013      Training Award, American Association of Marital & Family Therapy
  • 2009      Lifetime Achievement Award, Belgium Association for Couple and Family Therapy
  • 2005      Award for Research in Family Therapy, American Family Therapy Academy (AFTA)
  • 2003      Excellence in Education Award, University of Ottawa
  • 2003      Fellow, American Psychological Association (Family Psychology)
  • 2000      Outstanding Contribution to the Field of Marital and Family Therapy Award, American Association for Marital and Family Therapy
  • 2000      YMCA Woman of Distinction Award – National Capital Region (Ottawa, Canada)



“Thank you for showing the video clips … fantastic to see this model in action. Can’t say it enough … thank you!”
– Bonnie | May 10, 2016


“What a wonderful amazing ride. I am in tears that it is over. Thank-you so much for your wisdom, guidance and connection.”
– Brigitte | May 10, 2016


“Sue, I am so privileged to have taken this amazing and informative course with you.”
– Mona | May 10, 2016


More information: www.iceeft.com | www.drsuejohnson.com

Who Should Attend

Clinical Professionals: All mental health professionals including, but not limited to Clinical Counsellors, Psychologists, Psychotherapists, Social Workers, Nurses, Occupational Therapists, Hospice and Palliative Care Workers, Youth Workers, Mental Health Workers, Addiction Specialists, Probation Officers, Police Officers, Speech Language Pathologists, Vocational Rehabilitation Consultants and all professionals looking to enhance their therapeutic skills.

Recommended Accommodation

Coast Hotel & Convention Centre Langley City

20393 Fraser Highway
Langley, BC

phone:  604.530.1500

fax:  604.539.4405

website:  www.coasthotels.com/hotels/bc/langley/coast-hotel-and-convention-centre-langley-city/

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Our rates:

For November 6-7

Standard King $115 + Tax

Cut off date is October 7, 2017


For November 19-21

Standard King $115 + Tax

Cut off date is October 20, 2017


* Please ask for the Jack Hirose & Associates rate.

* Please note that the number of rooms at our corporate rates are limited. 

* If you require a double room please inquire at the time of booking as these rooms are first come first serve.

When booking hotel rooms, ask for the Jack Hirose and Associates corporate rate. To receive our corporate rate, rooms must be booked one month prior to the workshop date. Please keep in mind hotel rates may fluctuate.

Registration & Fees

Registration Early bird Fee Regular Fee
Individual Enrollment $429 $449
Group 3-7 $409 $429
Group 8-14 $389 $409
Group 15+ $354 $374
Full-Time Student $354 $374

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Fees do not include applicable taxes (5% GST).

Early bird cutoff date: October 24, 2017
To receive the early bird rate, registration and payment must be received by Tuesday, October 24, 2017.

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