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Digital Seminar

Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT): Proven Practices to Transform Couple Relationships

James Furrow, PhD
6 Hours 08 Minutes
Feb 20, 2018
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Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) has been heralded by The New York Times and Time magazine as “the couples therapy with the highest rate of success.”

This empirically validated approach has helped thousands of couples repair a broken relationship and grow a deeper more thriving bond.

Couple therapy is chaotic. It can be intimidating to walk partners through rigid patterns of conflict and pain to find the connection they once shared. EFT provides couples and therapist with a practical resource to meet couples in their distress and harness the power of emotion to create change.

One of the reasons EFT is so successful is that it connects and directs couples to the attachment resources that are lost in insecurity of a distress relationship. EFT provides therapists with a clear model and practices that use emotion to transform a couple’s ability to initiate and respond to one another with greater security and confidence.

Watch James Furrow, PhD, EFT expert, trainer and co-author with Dr. Susan Johnson, Becoming an EFT Therapist: The Workbook as he shows you easy to master techniques that can:

  • explore and deepen emotion with clients in a way that maintains safety
  • guide the couple away from conflict deadlock into new bonding interactions
  • find new levels of intimacy as partners gain confidence and experience risking vulnerability together

Lead couples to deeper levels of connection through EFT’s model of change. EFT practices provide a reliable guide to enable couples to face their distressed relationship and together find healing and hope in the love they seek.

There’s never been a better way to make EFT accessible to you and your clients!


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James Furrow, Ph.D., is an EFT certified practitioner, supervisor and trainer. He’s a recognized leader in the development and practice of Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT). Together with EFT originator, Susan Johnson, Ed.D., Jim co-authored Becoming an EFT Therapist: The Workbook and was co-editor of The EFT Casebook, along with other works specific to the practice of EFT with couples and families. 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. His research interests focus on couple therapy, interpersonal relationships, and resilience with at-risk youth. Formerly the Freed Professor of Marital and Family Therapy at Fuller Graduate School of Psychology he has trained psychologists and marital and family therapists in couple therapy for over two decades. He is a clinical member 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 Educator.


Speaker Disclosures:
Financial: Dr. James Furrow maintains a private practice and has an employment relationship Seattle University. He is a published author and receives royalties. Dr. Furrow is a consultant with Consultation, Research, and Training in Marital and Family Therapy. He receives a speaking honorarium and recording royalties from PESI, Inc. He has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.
Non-financial: Dr. James Furrow is a member of the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy, the Association for Psychological Science, the International Centre for Excellence in Emotionally Focused Couple Therapy, and the National Council on Family Relations.


  1. Articulate the “stuck” places couples encounter leading to distress and disconnection.
  2. Establish the role of emotion in romantic attachment bonds and couple distress.
  3. Model the EFT process of change and key interventions used to facilitate healing.
  4. Implement strategies for accessing and processing partner’s entrenched emotional positions.
  5. Instruct the process for facilitating new bonding interactions that promote corrective emotional experiences.
  6. Support a therapist’s work with emotion including uncovering blocks to success in promotion emotion as an agent of change.


  • Dealing with Distance and Distress
    • Negative impact of couple distress
    • Common patterns of couple conflict
    • Dysregulation and disaffection
  • Couple Therapy and Attachment Science: Creating Connections
    • Understand love through attachment science
    • Emotion as the language of attachment
    • Patterns of insecurity and their impact
  • Emotionally Focused Therapy EFT: EFT Process of Change
    • EFT process of change used to transform relationships
    • Process patterns and the emotions that drive them
    • Access underlying emotions as a resource for change
    • Engage new positions of vulnerability
  • EFT in Action
    • De-escalate patterns of distress
    • Access and engage primary emotion
    • Instill new positions of intimacy
  • Facing Challenges: Work with Couples and Emotion
    • Common impasses in couple therapy
    • Attachment injuries and their impact
    • Forgive betrayal and rebuild bonds
  • Practice with Purpose
    • Increase focus and direction with couple distress
    • Work with emotion with clarity and confidence
    • Becoming an EFT therapist - next steps

Target Audience

Marriage and Family Therapists, Counselors, Social Workers, Psychologists, Psychotherapists, Nurses, Addictions Counselors, Case Managers, Clergy, Other Mental Health Professionals

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