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Digital Seminar

Emotionally Focused Individual Therapy (EFIT) for Attachment Trauma: Transforming Psychological Wounds for Adult Clients Traumatized as Children

Susan Johnson, EdD |  Leanne Campbell, PhD
2 Hours 58 Minutes
Audio and Video
Sep 08, 2023
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There is no greater betrayal than trauma inflicted by a caregiver.

When understood as aftershocks of broken attachment bonds, our clients’ anxiety, depression, and trauma symptoms make perfect sense.

The problems our clients have with emotion regulation... with decision-making... with self-esteem... with relationships – when we tie them back to core attachment injuries, they tell the full picture of a child whose needs for connection were never met.

What if there was a way to quickly get to the heart of the matter and heal those early traumas? To give our clients not just the relief of symptom reduction, but also the lasting stability and resilience of repaired, secure attachment?

Based on decades of groundbreaking research, Dr. Sue Johnson’s emotionally-focused model offers a simple, proven 5-step attachment-informed process to create predictable, repeatable, and lasting change with individual therapy clients.

In this training, you’ll learn about EFIT directly from its developer Dr. Sue Johnson, along with senior trainer Dr. Leanne Campbell. Get the skills you need to offer your clients healing experiences in every session as you:

  • Assess core attachment injuries and related symptoms
  • Apply interventions from the five steps of the EFIT Tango to create emotional balance
  • Model safety as a surrogate attachment figure to restore trust in self and others

PLUS, you’ll have the rare chance to watch Drs. Johnson and Campbell talk through and demonstrate key clinical decision points with their own clients!

Whether you’re new to EFIT or already using it, you’ll walk away with practical insights, strategies, and interventions you can use immediately in your practice.

Don’t let this opportunity pass you by – register today!


Planning Committee Disclosure - No relevant relationships

All members of the PESI, Inc. planning committee have provided disclosures of financial relationships with ineligible organizations and any relevant non-financial relationships prior to planning content for this activity. None of the committee members had relevant financial relationships with ineligible companies or other potentially biasing relationships to disclose to learners.  For speaker disclosures, please see the faculty biography.


PESI Australia, in collaboration with PESI in the USA, offers quality online continuing professional development events from the leaders in the field at a standard recognized by professional associations including psychology, social work, occupational therapy, alcohol and drug professionals, counselling and psychotherapy. On completion of the training, a Professional Development Certificate is issued after the individual has answered and submitted a quiz and course evaluation. This program is worth 3 hours CPD for points calculation by your association.



Susan Johnson, EdD's Profile

Susan Johnson, EdD Related seminars and products

Dr. Sue Johnson, is an author, clinical psychologist, researcher, professor, popular presenter and speaker and a leading innovator in the field of couple therapy and adult attachment. Sue is the primary developer of Emotionally Focused Couples and Family Therapy (EFT), which has demonstrated its effectiveness in over 30 years of peer-reviewed clinical research.

Sue Johnson is founding Director of the International Centre for Excellence in Emotionally Focused Therapy (ICEEFT) and Distinguished Research Professor at Alliant University in San Diego, California, and Professor, Clinical Psychiatry at the University of British Columbia, Canada, as well as Professor Emeritus, Clinical Psychology, at the University of Ottawa, Canada.

Dr. Johnson is the author of numerous books and articles including Attachment Theory in Practice: EFT with Individuals, Couples and Families (2019), The Practice of Emotionally Focused Couple Therapy: Creating Connection (3rd edition, 2019), and Emotionally Focused Couple Therapy with Trauma Survivors (2002).

Sue trains behavioral health providers in EFT worldwide and consults to the over 75 international institutes and affiliated centers who practice EFT. She also consults to Veterans Affairs and the U.S. and Canadian militaries.


Speaker Disclosures:
Financial: Dr. Sue Johnson has employment relationships with University of British Columbia, Campbell & Fairweather Psychology Group, Alliant International, University Ottawa, Couple and Family Institute, and the International Center for Excellence in Emotionally Focused Therapy. She receives royalties as a published author. Dr. Johnson receives a speaking honorarium, recording royalties, and book royalties from PESI, Inc. She has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.
Non-financial: Dr. Sue Johnson serves on the editorial board for the American Journal of Family Therapy (AJFT) and the journal Couple and Family Psychology: Research & Practice.

Leanne Campbell, PhD's Profile

Leanne Campbell, PhD Related seminars and products

Dr. Leanne Campbell, is a Registered Psychologist, a co-founder and managing partner of Campbell & Fairweather Psychology group, and an ICEEFT (International Center for Excellence in Emotionally Focused Therapy) Certified Trainer. In addition to providing psychological services to hundreds of individuals, couples, and families over the past three decades, Dr. Campbell provides trainings in Emotionally-Focused Therapy (EFT) to professionals around the globe with a primary focus in the areas of grief and trauma. Most recently, she co-authored with Dr. Sue Johnson the first individually focused EFT book, A Primer for Emotionally Focused Individual Therapy (EFIT): Cultivating Growth and Fitness in Every Client (Routledge, 2022).

Speaker Disclosures
Financial: T. Leanne Campbell maintains a private practice and receives royalties as a published author. She receives a speaking honorarium, recording, and book royalties from Psychotherapy Networker and PESI, Inc. She has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.
Non-financial: T. Leanne Campbell is a board member International Centre for Excellence in Emotionally Focused Therapy. She is a member of the Canadian Psychological Association, the College of Psychologists of British Columbia, and the International Centre for Excellence in Emotionally Focused Therapy.

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  1. Assess the impact of core attachment injuries on adult psychotherapy clients.
  2. Apply the three stages of Emotionally Focused Individual Therapy to the conceptualization of clients with caregiver trauma.
  3. Utilize two attachment-informed interventions to reduce symptoms of caregiver trauma.


  • Impacts of caregiver trauma on attachment  
  • Assessing core attachment injuries and depression, anxiety, and trauma symptoms 
  • EFIT overview: fitting the need for emotional balance with an attachment-based roadmap 
  • Key clinical decision points and how to avoid stuck places  
  • Case studies  
  • Limitations of the research and potential risks 

Target Audience

  • Counsellors   
  • Social Workers   
  • Psychologists   
  • Psychiatrists   
  • Marriage & Family Therapists   
  • Addiction Counsellors   
  • Other mental health professionals   

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