Full Course Description


Creating Healthy Attachment: A step by step guide to apply proven models in everyday therapy



Session 1—The Framework of EFT and Attachment – Part 1

  • Understanding the Logic Behind Love
  • The “EFT Tango”
  • Designed for Love
  • Couples Therapy: A New Era
  • The Importance of a Secure Emotional Connection
  • Using EFT to Understand the Nature of Relationships
  • A New Science of Love

Session 2—The Framework of EFT and Attachment – Part 2

  • Changing the Responsiveness to Threat with EFT
  • EFT is Experiential
  • Primary Affect – Exploring Pivotal Moments
  • The 6 Core Emotions
  • Working within the Emotion and Affect Regulation
  • EFT Core Assumptions
  • Code of Attachment – Primary Needs
  • Attachment Theory – Map of the Landscape of Love
  • EFT Stages & Steps

Session 3—Dyadic Development Psychotherapy – Part 1

  • Attunement & Rhythmic Expression
  • The Importance of Intersubjectivity
  • Using Curiosity to Develop a Perception
  • Using Attachment to Understand Developmental Trauma
  • Research Supporting Attachment
  • Self-Regulation – For the Therapist and for the Child
  • Discipline in Secure Attachments vs. Insecure Attachments
  • 3 Major Relational Systems in Mammals

Session 4—Dyadic Development Psychotherapy – Part 2

  • Speaking for the Child: Verbal and Non-Verbal Responses
  • Using PACE to Stay Open
  • PACE
    • Playful
    • Accepting
    • Curious
    • Empathetic

First Panel Discussion with Dr. Sue Johnson and Dr. Dan Hughes

  • How does EFT work with issues of rigid gender views, or a controlling dynamic?
    • Creating Safety with Couples
    • Creating Safety with Children
  • What strategy does the therapist use to recognize their emotional response?
  • How do you deal with dissociation in children?

Session 5—Applying EFT within an Attachment Framework

  • The “Still Face Experiment”
  • How Couples React to Emotional Disconnection
  • EFT Stage1: De-escalation
  • EFT Stage 2: Restructuring the Bond
  • EFT Stage 3: Consolidation
  • Interventions in EFT Through Reflection
  • The Importance of Validation in Creating Safety
  • We are Designed to Co-Regulate with Other People
  • Evocative Responding – Process Enquiries
  • Heightening, Expanding Awareness

Session 6—Dyadic Development Psychotherapy – Part 3

  • Attachment is Reciprocal
  • Using a Storytelling Rhythm to Engage Children with an Affective/Reflective Component
  • Working with the Parents Before the Session
  • Understanding the Situation, Bringing the Child In
  • Protecting the Dialogue
  • Continuing the Rhythm through the Hard Parts
  • No Distinction Between Directive and Non-Directive Therapy
  • Connect – Break – Repair
  • Non-Verbal Communication
  • Starting Experiential then Moving into Reflection

Dialogue on Treatment Models with Dr. Sue Johnson and Dr. Dan Hughes

  • Dr. Sue: On Leading People into their Story, and Making Sense of it
  • Dr. Dan: On Validating Both Parties on Having Confidence to go to the Heart of the Matter
  • Dr. Sue: On Asking “Why”
  • Dr. Dan: Why He Uses “Why” (within the Context of PACE)
  • Dr. Sue: Validating the Positive within an Attachment Framework
  • Dr. Dan: The Validation isn’t just Observational, but Experiential
  • Dr. Sue: Both Practices Involve Emotional Presence with the Clients
  • Dr. Sue: Intersubjective Mean both People Are Affected
  • How do you deal with a parent of teen who puts up a wall?
  • Dr. Sue: Take Care of the Relationship – The Bond – and the Content will Take Care of Itself

Second Panel Discussion with Dr. Sue Johnson and Dr. Dan Hughes

  • How do you work with people where there is basic trust lacking?
  • How do you work with biological parents who may have caused the trauma?
  • Interventions take time, how do you manage the pressure to fix things quickly?
  • How do you deal with labels or diagnoses?
  • Can you give an example of a disruption or break in connection? What were your repair strategies?


  1. Describe the symptoms, causes and effects of secure and insecure attachment.
  2. Summarize how to foster safety for the child so they can face or resolve past trauma.
  3. Identify the three components of intersubjectivity and their treatment implications.
  4. Describe the PACE method and how it is used in the treatment of traumatized or attachment disordered youth.
  5. List the stages, steps and interventions of EFT.
  6. Describe the key conversations that shape bonding experiences.
  7. Describe strategies to use in order to recognize emotional response.
  8. Identify how to use attachment to understand developmental trauma.
  9. Summarize EFT to understand the nature of relationships.
Copyright : 22/06/2015


Harnessing the Power of Emotion in Couples Therapy



  • Distinguish Between Primary and Secondary Emotion
  • Use Attachment Theory as a Road Map for Couples Work
  • Soften Power Struggles and Reestablish Felt Connection
  • Encourage Vulnerability by Incorporating the 3 S’s-Slow, Soft, Simple-in Your Therapeutic Style
  • Use Focused Empathic Reflection to Reconnect, Repair and Rebuild their Bonds


  • Explain why clients will attain better outcomes in therapy when therapists help them become more comfortable with emotion.
  • Describe how therapists can work experientially with emotions in therapy.
  • Discuss how to effectively address clients’ attachment issues in session.
Copyright : 29/05/2012