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"Coaching Parents & Caregivers to Support their Loved Ones" - A two day workshop in Emotion-Focused Family Therapy

Dates: 14th & 15th June, 2016

Facilitators: Dr. Joanne Dolhanty & Dr. Adèle Lafrance Robinson

Location: Dublin, Ireland (venue tbc)

Fee: €425 (€375 early bird bookings made before 31/04/2016)


This workshop is open to all clinicians working with children or adults, incl. psychologists, social workers, family therapists, counsellors, nurses and educators. Prior training in EFT or EFFT is not required.


Emotion-Focused Family Therapy

EFFT is a treatment model first developed for individuals struggling with an eating disorder and their families based on the principles and techniques of 1) traditional Emotion-Focused Therapy 2) behavioural family therapy, 3) motivational enhancement therapy, and 4) the New Maudsley family skills-based approach. It has since been adapted for a variety of mental health issues such as anxiety, depression and adjustment disorders, as well as parent-child relationship difficulties.

Workshop Overview

In this workshop, aimed at all professionals working with individual clients, caregivers and/or families, Drs. Joanne Dolhanty & Adèle Lafrance Robinson will present the core principles of Emotion Focused Family Therapy, whilst also providing ample opportunities for experiential learning geared toward practice change. Part of the Emotion-Focused Therapy family & rooted in a deep belief in the healing power of families, EFFT affords parents and caregivers a primary role in their loved one's treatment, regardless of age, motivation or involvement in treatment. In EFFT, the therapist’s role is to empower and support caregivers in (1) Becoming their loved one’s recovery coach, that is, assisting their loved one - regardless of age - in the interruption of symptoms and maladaptive behaviors (e.g. anxiety, depression, an eating disorder, etc.); (2) Becoming their loved one’s emotion coach, that is, supporting their loved one to approach, process and manage stress, emotions and emotional pain; (3) Facilitating relationship repair and healing possible wounds from the child or family’s past, and; (4) Working through and resolving the fears and obstacles that surface in the caregiver during this challenging journey.


Dr. Joanne Dolhanty PhD, C. Psych has worked in the field of mental health for over 20 years. She is a psychologist at the Mt. Pleasant Therapy Centre in Toronto. For the past several years, she has been working with Dr. Leslie Greenberg to develop the application of Emotion-Focused Therapy to eating disorders. She is also the co-developer of Emotion-Focused Family Therapy.

Dr. Adèle Lafrance Robinson PhD, C. Psych is a clinical psychologist and Associate Professor in the Psychology Department at Laurentian University. She is the author of several publications in the field of clinical psychology, and along with Dr. Dolhanty, she is the co-developer of EFFT.

Registration is on a first come, first served basis. No refund will be given without one week’s notice of cancellation.

The Institute of Emotion Focused Therapy, Ireland is an accredited isEFT institute.

Earlier Event: April 15
Emotion-Focused Therapy - Level 3