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The Tango in Emotionally Focused Family Therapy

This presentation will focus on the five moves of the EFT tango as applied to the family context. In Emotionally Focused Family Therapy, the therapist works to promote reslience for children through shaping family conversations in the direction of secure attachment. The process will be examined through the lens of the EFT tango, including how to foster parental emotional accessibility and responsiveness and how to work effectively and safely with emotion in family dialogues. Lecture, Video demonstration, and group discussion will be included. 


Presented by  Gail Palmer, MSW, RMFT

Gail Palmer is one of the Founding Members of the Ottawa Couple and Family Institute and Co-Director of the International Center of Excellence in Emotionally Focused Therapy. She holds a Masters degree in Social Work and is a Registered Marriage and Family Therapist in Canada. Over the past 30 years, Gail has worked closely with Dr. Sue Johnson, creator of Emotionally Focused Therapy, and is an experienced supervisor and trainer in EFT. She currently offers workshops, externships, and core skills trainings to mental health professionals in a variety of different settings across the world. She chairs the ICEEFT Education Committee and is responsible for mentoring and training EFT trainers internationally. Gail is an adjunct faculty member at Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, Canada and a sessional lecturer at Oxford University, Oxford, England.


Gail has a particular interest in applying the model with work with families. For the past decade, she has been one of the lead EFT trainers who have developed and expanded on Sue Johnson’s EFFT method. The definite text co-authored by Gail Emotionally Focused Family Therapy: Restoring Connection and Promoting Resilience is now available. Gail’s work has included EFFT trainings across North America, Europe, and Australia/New Zealand, presentations at EFT summits, workshops at the Networker and AAMFT, 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 room. Visit Gail’s website

DATE: FRIDAY October 29, 2021

Time: 1:30 - 3:00 pm


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Cost (Includes 2 CEUs):

Free for 2021 SAEFTC Members

$60/year for Full Licensure Therapist        Click HERE to become a member

$20/year for students

$20/meeting for non-members attending a quarterly meeting  Click HERE to pay

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