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Brave New Future for Love and Couplehood

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Susan Johnson, EdD
1 Hour 09 Minutes
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Mar 23, 2019
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Clinical psychologist and groundbreaking researcher Susan Johnson is the developer of Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT), which focuses on uncovering and deepening attachment bonds to heal troubled relationships.

In 2016, Dr. Johnson was named Psychologist of the Year by the American Psychological Association, and received an award for outstanding research by the American Family Therapy Academy. She’s author of The Love Secret, Hold Me Tight, The Practice of Emotionally Focused Therapy, and numerous other books. Throughout her distinguished career, for which she received the Order of Canada, Johnson has established that it’s not an oxymoron to speak of the “science of love.”

In this recording, Dr. Johnson will discuss how in today’s world—where close, exclusive relationships are often framed as incidentals rather than essentials in people’s lives, and a commitment like marriage as a quaint, unnecessary custom—we have the power to shape our intimate relationships as couples in ways that lead to true, secure connection, even when the pathway there is dark and hidden.



This online program is worth 1.25 hours CPD.


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Dr. Sue Johnson was an author, clinical psychologist, researcher, professor, popular presenter and speaker and a leading innovator in the field of couple therapy and adult attachment. Sue was the primary developer of Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT), which has demonstrated its effectiveness in over 30 years of peer-reviewed clinical research.

The founding director of the International Centre for Excellence in Emotionally Focused Therapy (ICEEFT), Dr. Johnson authored numerous books and articles including Attachment Theory in Practice: EFT with Individuals, Couples and Families (2019), The Practice of Emotionally Focused Couple Therapy: Creating Connection (3rd edition, 2019), and A Primer for Emotionally Focused Individual Therapy (EFIT) (2021).

Sue trained behavioral health providers in EFT worldwide and consulted to the over 75 international institutes and affiliated centers who practice EFT, including Veterans Affairs and the US and Canadian militaries. She was a Distinguished Research Professor at Alliant University in San Diego, a Professor, Clinical Psychiatry at the University of British Columbia, Canada, and a Professor Emeritus, Clinical Psychology, at the University of Ottawa, Canada.

Speaker Disclosures:
Financial: Dr. Sue Johnson had employment relationships with University of British Columbia, Campbell & Fairweather Psychology Group, Alliant International, University Ottawa, Couple and Family Institute, and the International Center for Excellence in Emotionally Focused Therapy. She received royalties as a published author. Dr. Johnson received a speaking honorarium, recording royalties, and book royalties from PESI, Inc. She had no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.
Non-financial: Dr. Sue Johnson served on the editorial board for the American Journal of Family Therapy (AJFT) and the journal Couple and Family Psychology: Research & Practice.



  1. Explore the threats to connected relationships and the solutions we can offer clients from attachment theory and science, so they can move from more avoidant relationships to secure bonding.
  2. Demonstrate the significance of loving emotional connection on clinical efforts to improve healthy relationship interactions and assess the implications of attachment on effective daily functioning.


Societal Misunderstandings of Love

  • Love vs. Infatuation
  • Significance of relationship
  • Role of Attachment in Parenting Styles

Emotional Balance

  • Advantages of Healthy Attachment
  • Destructiveness of Loneliness

Elements in a Loving Bond

  • Accessibility
  • Responsiveness
  • Engagement

Healthy Dependence

  • Healthy Corrective Experiences

Relationship Fears

  • Missing Out
  • Unattainability

Role of Choice

  • An Existential Dilemma
  • Risk of Emotional Vulnerability

Emotional Map

  • Role of Fear on Emotional Responses
  • Rationality of Emotions
  • Necessity of Risk

Impact of Emotional Connection on the Brain

Video Case Study

Target Audience

  • Psychologists
  • Physicians
  • Addiction Counselors
  • Counselors
  • Social Workers
  • Marriage & Family Therapists
  • Nurses
  • Behavioral Health Professionals



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Total Reviews: 5

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