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BT14 Clinical Demonstration 03 – Stage 1 of EFT: The Process of De-Escalation – Sue Johnson, EdD

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Clinical Demonstrations |  Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) |  Brief Therapy |  Couples Therapy
Brief Therapy Conference |  Brief Therapy Conference 2014
Sue Johnson, EdD
Course Levels:
Master Degree or Higher in Health-Related Field
Audio and Video
Original Program Date:
Dec 13, 2014
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A session at an EFT Externship shows how the EFT therapist helps a distressed couple grasp and distill both their negative interactive cycle that generates distance and the female partners depression and their underlying attachment emotions and needs. At the end of the session, the couple has begun to create a secure base from which to deepen and restore their emotional bond. Dr. Johnson will comment on the process of therapy and interventions as they are viewed.

Educational Objectives:

  1. Outline the key moves of EFT in Stage 1 of this model. 
  2. Describe the key interventions used.
  3. Distill the impact of these interventions and their contribution to the de-escalation of distress. 

*Sessions may be edited for content and to preserve confidentiality*



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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 and Distinguished Research Professor at Alliant University in San Diego, California, as well as Professor Emeritus, Clinical Psychology, at the University of Ottawa, Canada.