Emotionally Focused Family Therapy

Featuring: Gail Palmer, MSW, RMFT

Honolulu, Oahu, Hawaii: March 7-8, 2019

Emotionally Focused Family Therapy (EFFT)

This is a stand alone training for family therapy, and can also count toward your certification as an ICEEFT Certified Emotionally Focused Family Therapist.

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 (Johnson, 2004). 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 on 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 provides participants an introduction to the use of attachment based interventions with families based on the EFFT framework. Lecture instruction and experiential exercises will be used to provide participants with an understanding of the model and a practical introduction to the application of EFFT.

Facilitated by Certified EFT Trainer and ICCEFT CO-DIRECTOR

Gail Palmer, EFFT Co-Developer

Gail Palmer, ICCEFT Co-Director

Gail Palmer, (RMFT, MSW) 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, Gail has been one of the lead EFT trainers who have developed and expanded on Sue Johnson’s EFFT method as described in Johnson, S.M. (2004) The Practice of Emotionally Focused Couple Therapy: Creating Connection. New York, NY: Brunner Routledge. This 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.

With Support From

Dr. Rebecca Jorgensen:

Dr. Rebecca Jorgensen

Dr. Cindy Zane and Hawaii Community for EFT 

Early Bird Pricing By Jan. 20, 2019

$400 Early Bird fee

After Jan. 20, 2019 

$450 Full fee

We provide a limited number of discounts for military, students and interns, which end on Jan. 31, 2019

Registrations are refundable up to 20 days before the event. Payment can be made online or by mail.

NOTE: Lodging and food not included. 


Email: Cathy and Iris at help@trieft.org


March 7-8, 2019


9:00 am – 4:45 pm


Manoa Innovation Center
2800 Woodlawn Dr.
Honolulu, Hawaii 96822

Learning Objectives:

Conceptualize the family system and the problems families encounter from an attachment lens;

Identify key stages and steps in the EFFT change process;

Identify common blocks that disrupt effective attachment and caregiving responses in the family;

Label & practice EFFT interventions that restructure the interaction between family members in the direction of emotional engagement, accessibility & responsiveness.

Who Should Attend?

This course is aimed at licensed professionals who work with troubled families or individuals, including: Psychiatrists, Psychologists, Social Workers, Therapists and Counselors.


12 hours of continuing education units are available for this course. If you need CEUs, choose the payment option that includes the $30 fee. Certificates are normally mailed out from Alliant International University 6 to 8 weeks after the course.

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After you submit your registration you will see these payment options to choose from, payment is made via PayPal unless requested otherwise. 

Fee + CEU’s ($450 + $30)

No CEU’s ($450)

Students will receive a Certificate of Completion in lieu of a CEU certificate once the class is completed.

If you prefer to pay via check or credit card outside of PayPal, please contact Iris and Cathy at help@trieft.org

**Alliant International University is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Alliant International University maintains responsibility for the program and its content. Alliant International University is approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing to provide continuing education for Nurses (provider #CEP11235).