Emotionally Focused Couple Therapy: The Science of Love and Bonding

Presented by Sue Johnson, EdD on 09-08-2016 at 9 a.m. Pacific (noon Eastern)

During this continuing education web conference, Dr. Sue Johnson will outline the Emotionally Focused Model of Couple Therapy (EFT) and how it illustrates the revolutionary new science of love and bonding. Dr. Johnson will summarize the new science and pinpoint its implications for couple therapists and counselors. This science offers a map for love and loving that allows the therapist to be on target: to go to the heart of the matter and shape new interactions that redefine the security of the bond between partners and create an environment of healing and growth.

The EFT model represents a high standard for empirical validation in the field of couple therapy and Dr. Johnson will briefly summarize this research. Her presentation will address the three main tasks of therapy: creating a safe-haven alliance, working to regulate and transform core emotions and emotional signals, and choreographing a couple’s dance to foster emotional connection and fulfill attachment needs.

This introductory instructional level web conference is designed to help clinicians: 

  1. Outline the laws of human bonding and how they operate in adult love relationships.
  2. List the stages and steps of Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT).
  3. Explain at least two interventions of Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT).
  4. Examine strategies for creating a safe-haven alliance in therapy.
  5. Describe how to set up new bonding interactions that redefine connection and change working models of attachment.

If you have any questions or concerns about this web conference, or would like more information, please contact us here.

How the Web Conference Works

Attendees who register for this event will log in to the web conference center by using a computer and calling in to the teleconference line. Attendees will be able to ask live audio questions via phone and/or submit text chat questions via computer. Live streaming video and/or document sharing will also be available to participants. Alternatively, attendees may dial in to the teleconference line only, though attendees dialing in by phone only will be unable to ask questions. Attendees may also access the web conference on a smartphone or tablet. 

Before the scheduled event, all registered attendees will be sent a reminder email with specific instructions on how to log in to the web conference center, as well as links to optional handout materials if applicable.

At the conclusion of this event, you will receive an email with information about how to request a CE certificate. You will need to enter the start and end codes that will be announced at the beginning and end of the presentation. These codes confirm that you attended the entire event. You will be prompted to complete a survey. You will need to complete this online survey within six days of the event. Once you complete the survey, you can download a copy of your CE certificate instantly.

403.5CE hours and counting!

All are available to GoodTherapy.org members at no additional cost.

Continuing Education (CE) Information

Two CE credits will be provided by GoodTherapy.org for attending this web conference in its entirety.

GoodTherapy.org is an Approved Education Provider by NAADAC, The Association for Addiction Professionals (provider #135463). Of the eight counselor skill groups ascribed to by NAADAC, this course is classified within counseling services.

GoodTherapy.org is an NBCC-Approved Continuing Education Provider (ACEPTM) and may offer NBCC-approved clock hours for events that meet NBCC requirements.

This organization, GoodTherapy.org, provider #1352, is approved as a provider for social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) www.aswb.org through the Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. GoodTherapy.org maintains responsibility for the program. ASWB Approval Period: March 30, 2016 through March 30, 2019. Social workers should contact their regulatory board to determine course approval for continuing education credits. Social workers participating in this course will receive two clinical continuing education clock hours.

GoodTherapy.org is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. GoodTherapy.org maintains responsibility for this program and its content and is solely responsible for all aspects of the program.

GoodTherapy.org, SW CPE is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #0395.

Registration Information

This web conference is available at no cost to GoodTherapy.org members.

This event has already taken place. An audio recording for this event may be available in the Member's Area.

Event Reviews from Members

I can't pick out one thing. It was all fantastic. Excellent introduction to EFT that got me really interested in pursuing it further and excited about the research base beneath it. - David Flowers, LPC-S, NCC

Sue Johnson is a master and hearing her work her magic makes me even more motivated to do the work I do with couples! I love listening to her; she motivates the work that I do! - Diane Thorp, LCSW

I found this entire workshop to be extraordinarily helpful. Dr. Johnson explains concepts clearly, is extremely knowledgeable, engaging, and entertaining. - Victoria Elf Raymond, PhD, LMFT

The questions and answers were really interesting and useful for knowing what to bring up in session and what sorts of questions to ask. A really great session. I'm such a fan of Sue Johnson and EFCT. - Catriona Waters, MA, MFTI​

Meet the Presenter

Sue Johnson, EdD

Sue Johnson, EdD

Sue Johnson, EdD 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, Director of the International Centre for Excellence in Emotionally Focused Therapy and Director of the Ottawa Couple and Family Institute Inc.

Sue received her doctorate in Counseling Psychology from the University of British Columbia. She is a registered psychologist in the province of Ontario, Canada, and a member of the editorial boards of the Journal of Marital and Family Therapy, the Journal of Couple and Relationship Therapy, and the Journal of Family Psychology.

Dr. Johnson has received a variety of awards acknowledging her development of EFT and her significant contribution to the field of couple and family therapy and adult attachment. Her numerous honors include the Outstanding Contribution to the Field of Couple and Family Therapy Award from the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy. She is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association.

Dr. Johnson has numerous publications in the field of couple therapy. Her most recent, "Soothing the Threatened Brain: Leveraging Contact Comfort through Emotionally Focused Therapy" (PLOS ONE) included a brain scan study showing how contact with a loving partner mitigates threat and fear responses. Dr. Johnson’s current book, Love Sense: The Revolutionary New Science in Romantic Relationships, outlines the new understanding of why and how we love based on scientific evidence and cutting-edge research. 

Dr. Johnson's other publications include:

For more information about Dr. Sue Johnson please visit www.drsuejohnson.com or The International Centre for Excellence in Emotionally Focused Therapy website www.iceeft.com​.

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Continuing Education Provider Approvals

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    GoodTherapy.org is Approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. GoodTherapy.org maintains responsibility for this program and its content. APA approval applies to all events listed after May 2011.
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    GoodTherapy.org has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 6380. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. GoodTherapy.org is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.
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    This course has been approved by GoodTherapy.org, as a NAADAC Approved Education Provider, for educational credits. NAADAC Provider #135463. GoodTherapy.org is responsible for all aspects of their programming.
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    GoodTherapy.org, provider #1352, is approved as a provider for social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) www.aswb.org through the Approved Continuing Education (ACE) Program. GoodTherapy.org maintains responsibility for the program. ASWB Approval Period: 03/30/2016 – 03/30/2019. Social workers should contact their regulatory board to determine course approval for continuing education credits. Social workers participating in this course will receive 2 clinical continuing education clock hours.
  • GoodTherapy.org, SW CPE is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #0395.