Emotionally Focused Family Therapy is the definitive manual for applying the effectiveness of emotionally focused therapy (EFT) to the complexities of family life.
The book sets out a theoretical framework for mental health professionals to enhance their conceptualization of family dynamics, considering a broad range of presenting problems and family groups. The first section applies EFT theory and principles to the practice of family therapy. The second section explicates the process of EFT and examines the interventions associated with the EFT approach to families. In the final section, the authors provide case examples of emotionally focused family therapy (EFFT) practice, with chapters on traumatic loss, stepfamilies, externalizing disorders, and internalizing disorders.
Integrating up-to-date research with clinical transcripts and case examples throughout, Emotionally Focused Family Therapy is a must-read for therapists looking to promote the development and renewal of family relationships using the principles of EFT.
About the Author
James L. Furrow, Ph.D., is co-author of Becoming an EFT Therapist: The Workbook, Emotionally Focused Couple Therapy for Dummies and co-editor of The EFT Casebook: New Directions in Couple Treatment.
Gail Palmer, MSW, RMFT is Co-Director of the International Centre for Excellence in Emotionally Focused Therapy and Co- Founder of the Ottawa Couple and Family Institute. Gail is co-author of Becoming an Emotionally Focused Therapist: The Workbook and leads trainings in EFT internationally.
Susan M. Johnson, Ed.D., is the leading developer of Emotionally Focused Therapy (or EFT). She is a Professor Emeritus of Clinical Psychology at the University of Ottawa, Distinguished Research Professor in the Marital & Family Therapy Program at Alliant University in San Diego, and Director of the International Centre for Excellence in EFT.
George Faller, LMFT, is the President of the New York Center for Emotionally Focused Therapy. He teaches EFT courses at the Ackerman Institute for the Family and is the director of training at the Center for Hope and Renewal in Greenwich, Connecticut.
Lisa Palmer-Olsen, Psy.D., LMFT, is a Certified EFT Trainer and Supervisor for over 15 years and is the co-founder and co-director of the Emotionally Focused Couples Training and Research Institute at Alliant International University, San Diego.
Table of contents
1. Emotionally Focused Family Therapy
2. Families and Emotion: Sharing the Language of Attachment
3. Exploring the EFFT Process of Change
4. Alliance and Assessment of Family Patterns
5. Working through Relational Blocks
6. Engaging Family Vulnerability
7. Restructuring Attachment and Caregiving Responses
8. Consolidating Security in the Family System
9. Case Example: EFFT and Treating an Internalizing Disorder
10. Case Example: EFFT and Treating an Externalizing Disorder
11. Case Example: EFFT and Working with Stepfamilies
12: Case Example: EFFT and Traumatic Loss