Gail Palmer, RMFT, MSW is one of the founding members of the Ottawa Couple and Family Institute and Co-Director of the International Center of Excellence in Emotionally Focused Therapy. She holds a Master’s degree in Social Work and is a Registered Marriage and Family
Therapist in Canada.

Over the past 30 years, Gail has worked closely with Dr. Sue Johnson, creator of Emotionally Focused Therapy, and is an experienced supervisor and trainer in EFT.

Dancing the EFT Tango with Couples with Stepfamily Issues

2 Day EFT Workshop (In-Person)

When couples remarry and bring with them children from a previous relationship or partner, they form a step-family. Step-families are unique and often complex family structures that affect members on several levels: individually, between romantic partners and within the caregiving system between parent and child. In EFT, distress in stepfamilies is conceptualized as attachment dilemmas. 

For example, many conflicts following re-partnering  can be traced to attachment losses activated by the introduction of a step-parent. EFT offers a treatment map to work with negative interactional patterns triggered by these attachment struggles that can divide the new couple and alienate the child.  

In this workshop, we will examine how EFT honours the different relationships that exist between the stepcouple, the co-parenting unit and the parent and the child. There will be an opportunity to learn powerful interventions that   strengthen attachment bonds and promote resilience for children. This workshop will include didactic content, video demonstrations of clinical sessions, experiential exercises and a live demonstration of Emotionally Focused Family therapy. 

Welcome to all interested therapists; previous Family Therapy or EFFT training NOT required.

This workshop will be valuable whether you are treating the individual, couple or entire family system.

She currently offers
workshops, externships and core skills trainings to mental health professionals in a variety of different settings
across the world. She chairs the ICEEFT Education Committee and is responsible for mentoring and training
EFT trainers internationally. Gail is an adjunct faculty member at Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo,
Canada and a sessional lecturer at Oxford University, Oxford, England.

Gail has a particular interest in applying the model with work with families. For the past decade, Gail has been one of the lead EFT trainers who have developed and expanded on Sue Johnson’s EFFT method as described in
Johnson, S.M. (2004) The Practice of Emotionally Focused Couple Therapy: Creating Connection. New York, NY: Brunner Routledge.

This work has included EFFT trainings across North America, Europe and Australia/New Zealand, presentations at EFT summits, workshops at the Networker and AAMFT, publications
in the EFFT workbook and casebook, articles in professional journals and the ICEEFT newsletter.

Professionally, Gail’s primary passion is to help therapists who are both new to EFT and trained in EFT, to bring the powerful
interventions and skills of this model to the family therapy room.

Meet Your Presenter


13 CEU's Included (No Additional Cost) 

New York Certified EFT Trainer Zoya Simakhodskaya

Cancellation Policy:

Subject to a $75 administration fee and must be made in writing at least 14 days prior to the event to qualify for a refund of the balance paid.

If you cancel with less than 14 days notice, but before the course begins you will be refunded 50%. If you cancel after a course has begun, there will be no refund.

In the event a course is cancelled due to low registration, a refund will be issued in the full amount paid.

​*No refunds once a training begins.

*Event fees not transferable to other EFT communities or trainings in other cities outside of SNVEFT(event fees may be transferable to other SNV EFT events)

Regular Rate: $297

Clergy & Military/Veterans: $250

Post Graduate Interns/Associate Clinicians: $225

Equity/Accessibility Rate: $225

Students: $125

Venue Location:

Gail Palmer, ICEEFT Cert. EFT Trainer

DATE: Friday & Saturday

December 1st & 2nd, 2023

LOCATION: La Quinta Inn & Suites

(Airport South), NV

6560 S Surrey St,

Las Vegas, NV 89119
TIMES: 9am – 5:00pm

*Rooms are available at La Quinta Inn & Suites for a rate of $129 per night,
this discounted rate is available by calling the hotel front desk (not the reservation line): (702) 492- 8900. Booking Code: CGEF32

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