Live Online Trainings - EFFT Series - 2022

Emotion-Focused School Support

September 20, 2022 • 3:30pm - 7pm MST

3.5-Hour Workshop with Dr. Adele Lafrance

Difficulties with emotion regulation are more common in children and adolescents than ever before due to the stressors related to COVID. When a student’s brain is activated by emotion, regardless of the reason, they experience diminished cognitive flexibility and capacities for learning. They are also more prone to outbursts in the classroom and/or other emotionally charged situations. School staff dealing with these situations report (understandably) higher levels of stress and burnout.

Informed by emotion and learning theory, EFSS was developed based on this feedback from educators and school support staff. It is a simple and efficient model for increasing the capacity of school staff to effectively respond to the emotion of students (and their parents) in order to facilitate a “return to learning”. EFSS can be applied to all students from kindergarten through to grade 12, with adjustments made to implementation according to developmental age. It is designed to support students while still respecting the primary mandates of teachers, aides, school counsellors and support staff - and without adding to the already high demands of the school day.

Given that a regulated physiology is critical for learning, the goals of EFSS include:

  • Regulating emotion in the classroom to facilitate learning

  • Preventing emotional escalations

  • De-escalating emotionally charged situations and/or outbursts in progress

Finally, EFSS involves opportunities for school staff to identify their strengths and challenges when faced with challenging interactions situations with students, their caregivers and even with colleagues.

This interactive workshop will introduce participants to the fundamental principles and techniques of EFSS. Through discussions, case examples, demonstrations, and group exercises, participants will also have an opportunity for hands-on practice and skill-building if desired.

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$125 USD (student/discount rate available for those with financial insecurity using code: DISCOUNT)

September 20, 2022 • 3:30pm - 7pm MST 

Facilitated by Dr. Adele Lafrance, C.Psych

Transforming Problematic Parenting Patterns with Caregiver Block Chair-Work

September 27, 2022 • 10am - 2:00pm MST

Four-hour training with Dr. Adele Lafrance

This online workshop for clinicians will provide a theoretical and skills-based overview of caregiver block chair-work, likely the most powerful and efficient psychotherapeutic intervention from EFFT to understand, work through and/or transform problematic patterns of parenting / caregiving. Participants will be supported in their learning via lecture, experiential activities and video demonstration (participation is at your comfort level). All participants will also be provided with the latest script for this intervention. No prior training or experience in EFFT is required to attend this training. Clinicians are welcome to bring video of their use of the technique for consultation/feedback, time permitting. This training meets criteria towards certification through the International Institute for EFFT. Videos and live demos may be included and therefore this training will not be recorded.

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$150 USD (student/discount rate available for those with financial insecurity using code: DISCOUNT)

September 27, 2022 • 10am - 2:00pm MST 

Facilitated by Dr. Adele Lafrance, C.Psych

Advanced EFFT Clinician Training

Oct 12-14, 2022 • 8am - 3pm PST - 18 CE credit hours

Three-Day training with Dr. Adele Lafrance and Natasha Files, MSW, RSW

This advanced training is suited for those participants with a minimum of two days prior training in Emotion-Focused Family Therapy.  A review of the theory and basics will serve as a foundation for the training. Participants will have the opportunity to deepen their skills and learn new techniques in the domains of emotion coaching and therapeutic apologies as well as in the processing of parent blocks. Participants will also learn a new technique to support the processing of child resistance to parental involvement. Learning will be supported using demonstrations, new videos as well as new and expanded experiential activities. This training meets criteria towards certification through the International Institute for EFFT. 

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$725 CAD + GST - (student rates and group discounts available)

Oct 12-14, 2022 • 8am - 3pm PST

Facilitated by: Dr. Adele Lafrance, C.Psych, and Natasha Files, MSW, RSW

Emotion-Focused Family Therapy Core Clinician Training 

October 21-22, 2022 • 9am - 4:30pm CT - 12 CE credit hours

Two-Day training with Dr. Adele Lafrance

The essence of EFFT is to afford caregivers a role 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 three domains including behavior coaching, emotion coaching and in the use of therapeutic apologies, if relevant.

A fourth module involves supporting caregivers to identify, understand, and transform “emotion blocks” that can lead to therapy-interfering attitudes or behaviors in caregivers. The training will introduce clinicians to the theory and skills involved in the approach. The facilitator will engage participants using didactic and experiential learning, including skills and techniques that can be integrated into existing treatment models for those clients & families who do not respond to standard care. This training meets criteria towards certification through the International Institute for EFFT.

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$375 USD - group discount: 10% off for groups of 5 or more / use code GROUP and please email us to let us know who is a part of your group.

October 21-22, 2022 9am - 4:30pm CT

Facilitated by: Dr. Adele Lafrance, C.Psych

Transforming Caregiver Self-Blame Using Didactic and Experiential Techniques

November 10, 2022 • 10am - 2pm MST 

Four-hour training with Dr. Adele Lafrance

 

EFFT research has demonstrated that when parents carry self-blame, not only do they suffer, but their caregiving can be negatively affected as well. In fact, when self-blame is deep, reassurance to lift self-blame is likely to be ineffective. This workshop will provide participants with a series of cognitive and emotion-focused strategies to transform caregiver self-blame, including a specifically designed chair-work intervention.

 

Benefits of these interventions include:

· Reduced shame and self-blame

· Better quality of life

· Decreased defensiveness

· Increased sense of empowerment / engagement

· Increased access to caregiving instincts

 

Participating clinicians will receive step-by-step instruction and scripts where relevant to increase confidence to effectively implement the interventions with parents and caregivers post-workshop. A video demonstration will also be included in the workshop, time permitting. Participation can be active or passive. This training meets criteria towards certification through the International Institute for EFFT. Videos and live demos may be included and therefore this training will not be recorded.

 

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$150 USD (student/discount rate available for those with financial insecurity using code: DISCOUNT)

November 10, 2022 • 10am - 2pm MST 

Facilitated by Dr. Adele Lafrance, C.Psych

Transforming Self-criticism and Emotional Avoidance & Cultivating Assertion and Forgiveness in Psychotherapy

November 16, 2022 • 9am - 4:00pm MST 

One-day training with Dr. Adele Lafrance

One of the psychological markers of anxiety, depressed mood and other emotion-based difficulties relates to difficulties with emotion processing, referring to the capacity to attend to, label, regulate and move through emotions. When external stressors overwhelm our internal capacities, the human organism seeks out ways – consciously and unconsciously – to get relief, including via thought and behavior patterns like self-criticism, self-interruptions and avoidance patterns. It can also become difficult to connect with healthy assertion and forgiveness, states essential for mental health.

This workshop will introduce powerful and efficient emotion-focused interventions (including but not limited to chair-work interventions) for 1. the transformation of self-criticism and emotional self-interruptions in therapy, and 2. the cultivation of assertive anger and forgiveness. Informed by theory and techniques from EFT and EFFT, participants will be provided with scripts and opportunities to engage with theory experientially as well as to observe the interventions in action via video demonstration. No prior training required.

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$199 USD (student/discount rate available for those with financial insecurity using code: DISCOUNT)

November 16, 2022 • 9am - 4pm MST 

Facilitated by Dr. Adele Lafrance, C.Psych

Therapeutic Apologies in Psychotherapy

December 1-2 2022 • 8am - 3pm PST - 12 CE credit hours

Two-Day training with Dr. Adele Lafrance & Natasha Files, MSW, RSW

Therapeutic Apologies are one of the most powerful interventions used in Emotion-Focused Family Therapy. They can be integrated and delivered in the context of individual, couple and family-oriented therapies. This two-day training will take a deep dive into the practice of three different therapeutic apologies to heal relationship injuries (client delivers an apology to another), release self-blame (clients enacts an apology using empty chair-work to release self-blame) and transform resentment into forgiveness, even when the other party is unavailable or deceased (client expresses resentment to imagined other who engages in a specifically constructed apology to release the pain). Scripts for each of the interventions will be reviewed, followed by video demonstrations and opportunities for practice, as desired. This training meets criteria towards certification through the International Institute for EFFT. 

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$450 CAD + GST (Student discount and group rates available)

December 1-2 2022 • 8am - 3pm PST

Facilitated by: Dr. Adele Lafrance, C.Psych, & Natasha Files MSW, RSW

Family Matters in Psychedelic Therapy: Maximizing Outcomes & Minimizing Systemic Disruptions

January 24 2022 • 10am - 3pm MST - CE credits provided  

5-hour training with Dr. Adele Lafrance 

While significant attention has been paid to the intersection of mind-body-spirit in the context of medicine work, the role of relationships in the healing process has received insufficient attention. Family members and/or close others represent an often-untapped resource for enhancing change in individuals engaged in psychedelic therapy. We can harness the power of these bonds for healing, in addition to numerous other practical reasons for the involvement of next of kin during each phase of treatment. Providing a close other with an active role in the service of their loved one’s healing also decreases their feelings of anxiety, powerlessness and even paralysis, states that can contribute to burn-out, relationship strain, and dynamics that can contribute to the maintenance of problematic patterns, especially as their loved one's healing work disrupts old patterns. In fact, if not handled skillfully by the clinician, systemic disruptions can lead to serious distress within the system, including relational breakdown in some cases.

 

This training will introduce the ethical, neurobiological and psychological considerations for family involvement in psychedelic-assisted therapies. Drawing from EFFT, simple yet effective interventions - both individual and systemic - will also be presented to optimize outcomes and to minimize relational distress. Clinical anecdotes drawing from past, current, and planned research studies involving family and next-of-kin in the context of ketamine- psilocybin- and MDMA-assisted therapy will also be used to illustrate that next of kin involvement has the potential to decrease the potential for therapy-interfering attitudes and behaviors, facilitates a powerful shared experience of healing for all involved and leverages opportunities to heal and grow in the context of one’s closest relationships, the most fertile ground of all.

 

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$150 USD (student/discount rate available for those with financial insecurity using code: DISCOUNT) 

4- Part Emotion-Focused Family Therapy Core Clinician Training

Save-the-dates: January 16, 18, 23 & 25, 2023 • 3:30 - 6:30 PST - 12 CE credit hours

4-part training with Dr. Adele Lafrance and Natasha Files, MSW, RSW ​

 

The essence of EFFT is to afford caregivers a role 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 three domains including behavior coaching, emotion coaching and in the use of therapeutic apologies, if relevant. ​ A fourth module involves supporting caregivers to identify, understand, and transform “emotion blocks” that can lead to therapy-interfering attitudes or behaviors in caregivers.

 

This training will introduce clinicians to the theory and skills involved in the approach. The facilitator will engage participants using didactic and experiential learning, including skills and techniques that can be integrated into existing treatment models for those clients & families who do not respond to standard care. This training meets criteria towards certification through the International Institute for EFFT. ​

 

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$450 CAD + GST - (student rates and group discounts available)

 

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