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Effective Couples Counseling with Stepfamily Issues using EFT
2 Day EFT Workshop (In-Person)

**Open to all Mental Health Therapists, Chaplains, Pastors, Social Workers, Psychologist, MFT's, Professional Clinical & Mental Health counselors**

Discounts for Early Bird registration, military, interns, and full-time students. Scholarships available for current students.

This Training Also Provides 13 CE's!

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. As couples therapists, we often see couples struggle to come together around blending their families and step family dynamics.


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.  

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In this workshop, we will examine how Attachment science and the model of EFT honors the different relationships that exist between step-couples, the co-parenting unit and the parent and the child. Learn how to use attachment based principles to help your couples that struggle blending their families together as a step family.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.


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

Be sure to mention you're with Southern NV EFT to receive the special rate

Meet Your Presenter

Gail Palmer

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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.

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.

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