SCAMFT Annual Conference: Emotionally Focused Family Therapy

Starts:  Jun 5, 2020 9:00 AM (ET)
Ends:  Jun 6, 2020 5:00 PM (ET)
Associated with  AAMFT South Carolina

Restoring Connections and Promoting Resilience

Presented by Dr. Jim Furrow
Friday June 5 - Saturday June 6
North Charleston, SC

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

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 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.

Learning Objectives

Participants will: 
  • Conceptualize family distress using theories of emotion and attachment.
  • Delineate key practices of EFFT from EFT work with couples.  
  • Identify the stages and markers of change in the EFFT approach.
  • Identify practices that promote a working alliance with parents and children.
  • Gain strategies for strengthening parental ownership of the EFFT process.  
  • Practice key interventions common to processing attachment related affect.  
  • Examine a 5-step sequence for accessing and working with emotion in family relationships.  
  • Analyze parent child interactions using EFT practices to work through specific relational blocks.

Dr. James FurrowJames 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 Workbook and 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.  

Conference Location: Embassy Suites Charleston Area Convention Center
5055 International Blvd, North Charleston, SC 29418

A block of sleeping rooms is being held for SCAMFT guests at at the special rate of $159 plus tax and destination fee. Parking is not included in the nightly rental and is $10 per day. Make reservations before May 6, 2020 by calling (843) 747-1882 and ask for the SCAMFT Annual Conference group rate (group code: MFT) or by visiting the booking website.

12 CEs available. CE's approved by AAMFT for LPC and LMFT in South Carolina and will be submitted for approval in NC.

Registration Dates

Early Registration Ends Thursday, May 7, 2020
Regular Registration Ends Saturday, June 6, 2020

Pricing Information

Registration Early Bird Regular
South Carolina Students $0.00 $0.00
South Carolina Members $0.00 $0.00
AAMFT Students $0.00 $0.00
AAMFT Members $0.00 $0.00
Non-Members $0.00 $0.00
Volunteer $0.00 $0.00
Full Registration (Friday and Saturday) Early Bird Regular
South Carolina Students $60.00 $60.00
South Carolina Members $175.00 $225.00
AAMFT Students $70.00 $70.00
AAMFT Members $225.00 $275.00
Non-Members $275.00 $325.00
Volunteer $20.00 $20.00
Single Day Registration (Friday) Early Bird Regular
South Carolina Students $40.00 $50.00
South Carolina Members $100.00 $110.00
AAMFT Students $45.00 $55.00
AAMFT Members $125.00 $135.00
Non-Members $150.00 $160.00
Volunteer $20.00 $20.00
Single Day Registration (Saturday) Early Bird Regular
South Carolina Students $40.00 $50.00
South Carolina Members $100.00 $110.00
AAMFT Students $45.00 $55.00
AAMFT Members $125.00 $135.00
Non-Members $150.00 $160.00
Volunteer $20.00 $20.00
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Cancellation Policy

Cancellations to any paid event and any subsequent request for refund must be made in writing no later than 15 days prior to the start of the event. Upon cancellation you have the right to request that your fee (in full) be held (for up to one year) and used toward another event registration from this same AAMFT Network. If you prefer a refund, cancellations made more than 45 days before the event will receive a 75% refund. Cancellations made between 44 and 15 days before the event will receive a 50% refund. No refunds will be offered within 14 days of the event.

To request a refund, please contact your program leadership directly.