Working with Difficult Couples Using Emotionally Focused Couple Therapy

Working with Difficult Couples Using Emotionally Focused Couple Therapy

Presented by Sue Johnson, EdD on 09-25-2017 at 9 a.m. Pacific (noon Eastern) to 11 a.m. Pacific (2 p.m. Eastern)

Couples therapy is difficult if you do not have a map to the potent emotional drama that is a couple fighting for their relationship. Even experienced clinicians may face challenges in their ability to address common barriers that prevent effective relationship repair. Successfully treating couples who have escalating interactions and potentially overwhelming emotions can prove as difficult as addressing emotional shut down and withdrawal. 

GoodTherapy.org welcomes the return of the internationally recognized bestselling author and innovator, Dr. Sue Johnson, for this special continuing education event. In this two-hour web conference, Dr. Johnson will outline the therapeutic map she helped develop using attachment science and the Emotionally Focused Model of Couple Therapy (EFT). She will share the EFT targeted approach that helps shape effective and lasting change in relationship satisfaction and attachment security. 

Dr. Johnson will also describe how to successfully address moments when deep attachment injuries block new corrective experiences of responsiveness and secure bonding for couples. Attendees will learn effective EFT strategies and interventions for common comorbidity issues such as depression, trauma, or other stress-related disorders to improve a couple’s overall therapeutic outcome.

The intermediate instructional level web conference is designed to help clinicians:

  1. Summarize the stages and key change events in the Emotionally Focused Model of Couple Therapy. 
  2. Apply couples therapy interventions to contain interactions and emotional escalation.
  3. Discuss strategies to deepen emotional engagement to prevent shut down and withdrawal.
  4. Describe the steps in forgiving attachment injuries.
  5. Demonstrate an understanding of how to address symptoms of comorbidity in couple therapy.

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

Event Reviews from Members

A great perspective and empirically proven to address relationship issues whether it be with family, friends, community or self. - Margarita Gershik-Gleyzer, LCSW

Very helpful for furthering the development of skills in the therapist. I think the take away is that "difficult" therapy interactions with couples are inevitable and all we can do is hone our skills as therapists to respond. There is no magic bullet for problem-solving, yet I do think that changing our responses to challenging behavior or dynamics, as Dr. Johnson suggests, allows for change in the couple (and in their experience of therapy). - Jill Joanis

Continuing Education (CE) Information

Two CE contact hours 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.

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.

GoodTherapy.org, LLC is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed marriage and family therapists #MFT-0022 and for licensed mental health counselors #MHC-0031.

Registration Information

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Meet the Presenter

Sue Johnson, EdD

Sue Johnson, EdD

Sue Johnson, EdD is the leading developer of Emotionally Focused Therapy (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. One of her recent articles, "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

  • aceGoodTherapy.org is Approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. GoodTherapy.org maintains responsibility for this program and its content. GoodTherapy.org received APA approval in May 2011. Events after 2011 may meet APA requirements for Continuing Education credits.
  • Logo 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.
  • Logo 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.
  • aceGoodTherapy.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, LLC 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 #SW-0395.
  • GoodTherapy.org, LLC is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed marriage and family therapists #MFT-0022 and for licensed mental health counselors #MHC-0031.

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