Live Online Trainings - EFFT Series - 2020

Teaching Emotion Coaching to Caregivers using Didactic & Experiential Techniques​

This online training is intended for educators, clinicians and therapists interested in supporting parents to become their child's emotion coach in order to influence emotional development and regulation. Dr. Lafrance will offer a brief overview of the rationale for the technique, followed by the two-step model of emotion coaching. General and micro-skills will be presented, as will techniques to support the acquisition of the skill using psychoeducation, metaphors, experiential exercises and scaffolded practice. The training material is presented in a way that can be integrated within other treatment modalities and approaches. No prior EFFT training is required. Participation in this training allows access to the training on Emotion-Focused School Support listed below.


$120 USD (+ Paypal fee)​

June 8, 2020 - 3 hours (starts 9amPST/12pmEST)

Facilitated by: Dr. Adele Lafrance, C. Psych​

Emotion-Focused Family Therapy (2-day core training) 


In light of our need to isolate, we are now offering a virtual 2-day EFFT core training. The essence of EFFT is to increase the positive role of caregivers in their child’s recovery, regardless of their age, level of motivation or involvement in formal treatment themselves. The clinician’s role is to support parents and caregivers to increase their involvement in specific ways - including recovery coaching, emotion coaching and relationship repair. The model also involves a module for clinicians to support caregivers to identify, understand, and transform “emotion blocks” that lead to therapy-interfering attitudes or behaviors.


This final component is critical since throughout the course of treatment, some well-intentioned caregivers can struggle to support their loved one’s treatment. They may even engage in behaviors that enable their loved one’s symptoms, creating challenges for the most experienced clinicians. For this reason, the EFFT model includes a module for clinician and team challenges as well.

Stratford, Ontario

June 18 & 19, 2020

Facilitated by: Dr. Adele Lafrance, PhD

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Supporting the Processing of Caregiver Blocks via the Use of Chair Work

Caregiver Block Chair Work is an intervention that trained therapists can use in the context of individual and group-based sessions.

This online training is intended for therapists interested in learning to use and/or deepening their skill of caregiver block chair work. Natasha will offer a review of the script, a video demonstration, an in-depth exploration of each step, and will also discuss the practical application to using chair work in groups and sessions. A review of how caregiver block chair work can be used to support co-parenting struggles will also be addressed.


$120 CAD (+ GST/Paypal fee)

July 16, 2020 - 3 hours (starts 9amPST/12pmEST)

Facilitated by: Natasha Files, MSW, RSW

Identifying and Working Through Problematic Parenting Patterns​

​This training is intended for clinicians and therapists working with parents of children and adolescents. Natasha will present tools and techniques to promote attitudinal and behavioral change in caregivers in a way that is supportive and productive. This training also includes modules on managing challenging or conflictual co-parenting dynamics. The training material is presented in a way that can be integrated within other treatment modalities and approaches. No prior EFFT training is required.

$120 CAD (+ GST/Paypal fee)​

August 5, 2020 - 3 hours (starts 9amPST/12pmEST)

Facilitated by: Natasha Files, MSW, RSW


Emotion-Focused School Support (prior training required) 

This online training is intended for clinicians and educators interested in supporting their school-based colleagues with the framework and strategies of Emotion-Focused School Support (EFSS). The primary primary goals of EFSS include supporting school staff in: 1. regulating child/adolescent emotion with a focus on “return to learning”, 2. preventing emotional escalations, and 3. de-escalating outbursts in progress. EFSS also includes a module to respond to challenging parental dynamics, including those who present with anxiety, shame, resentment or criticism. The final module of EFSS involves opportunities for school staff to identify their strengths and challenges when faced with emotional situations with students, their caregivers and with colleagues, and in a manner that is respectful and compassionate. Participants will be provided with a sample presentation for their future use. Prerequisite: prior training in EFFT or participation in the online training titled: Teaching Emotion Coaching to Caregivers (above). 

$120 USD (+ Paypal fee)​

September 25, 2020 - 3 hours (starts 9amPST/12pmEST) 

Facilitated by: Dr. Adele Lafrance, C. Psych​

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