We have just added a full day pre-conference workshop by Dr. Sue Johnson.

Topic: Emotionally Focused Couple Therapy: Shaping Secure Loving Bonds with Christian Couples – Sue Johnson, Ed.D.

Date: September 27th, 8:30 – 11:45 AM & 1:45 – 5:00 PM

$129 – AACC Members
$169 – Non-members
$79 – International/Student
$79 – Spouse
**Training Registration Includes Created for Connection: The “Hold Me Tight” Guide for Christian Couples by Dr. Sue Johnson

This workshop will present the science and practice of EFT—Emotionally Focused Therapy—for couples and families. This approach not only represents the gold standard in terms of research, but is also based on attachment science—a paradigm that is completely compatible with the wisdom of Scripture. A conceptual overview of the model will be offered with an outlining of key interventions and moments of change. This workshop will consist of direct teaching, viewing of videos of therapy, and experiential skill-building exercises.

Learning Objectives
Participants will:

  1. Be able to outline the core elements of adult attachment and how they link to intervention
  2. Be able to describe the Stages, Interventions, and Change Events in EFT
  3. Be able to set out the links between Christianity and attachment science and how EFT connects with people of faith

Sue Johnson, Ed.D., is the leading developer of Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT). She is a Professor Emeritus of Clinical Psychology at the University of Ottawa, Distinguished Research Professor in the Marital & Family Therapy Program at Alliant University in San Diego, Director of the International Centre for Excellence in Emotionally Focused Therapy (CEEFT), and Director of the Ottawa Couple and Family Institute. Sue received her doctorate in Counseling Psychology from the University of British Columbia in 1984. She is a registered Psychologist in the province of Ontario, Canada, and a member of the editorial boards of the Journal of Marital and Family Therapy, the Journal of Couple and Relationship Therapy, and the Journal of Family Psychology. Sue has received a variety of awards acknowledging her development of EFT and significant contributions to the field of couple and family therapy and adult attachment. Her numerous honors include the Outstanding Contribution to the Field of Couple and Family Therapy Award from the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy. She is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association. Sue has numerous publications in the field of couple therapy. Her most recent publication, Soothing the Threatened Brain: Leveraging Contact Comfort through Emotionally Focused Therapy (PLOS), included a brain scan study showing how contact with a loving partner mitigates threat and fear responses. Sue’s most recent book, Love Sense: The Revolutionary New Science in Romantic Relationships, outlines the new understanding of why and how we love based on scientific evidence and cutting-edge research. She is also the author of the bestseller, Hold Me Tight: Seven Conversations for a Lifetime of Love, as well as The Practice of Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy: Creating Connection (2nd Ed, Routledge, 2004), Emotionally Focused Couple Therapy with Trauma Survivors (Guilford, 2002), and edited books, such as Attachment Processes in Couples Therapy (Guilford, 2003).