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2019 Schedule

Coming soon

Thursday Intensive Session

Foundations of Emotionally Focused Therapy:  Working with Emotion to Strengthen Attachment Bonds
Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) provides a framework of understanding and working with couples in therapy.  Couples therapy is a discipline that requires a unique set of skills.  The EFT model takes from the Humanistic, Systemic, and Attachment based approaches and trains a therapist how to restructure the couples emotional experience of each other.  This includes helping couples reach de-escalation, withdrawer reengagement, and pursuer softening.

In this workshop, we will explore the foundations and applications of EFT.  There will be some breakout sessions for people to apply some of what they’re learning.  And we will discuss the challenges of working with couples, required paradigm shifts on how to view the client in order to help them, and how to bring EFT concepts into your practice. 

Joshua MarderJoshua Marder, M.A., LMFT, ICEEFT Certified EFT Therapist, serves as a board member of the Chicago Center of Emotionally Focused Therapy and runs the monthly North Shore EFT Peer Consultation Group.  He has a private practice in Lincolnwood, where he works primarily with couples.  Josh offers couples workshops and therapist trainings periodically in the Chicago area (see www.holdmetightchicago.com for the next couples workshop, with CEs for therapists), and is known and sought for couples and family therapy and supervision in the Chicago area.