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Soothing the Threatened Brain: Using Attachment Science to Create Bonding, Satisfying Relationships with Sue Johnson, Ed.D.

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Susan Johnson, EdD
1 Hour 31 Minutes
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Jan 01, 2018
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“I think there's a revolution happening with attachment science, and I actually think it can revolutionize not just how we parent our kids; how we connect with our partners; how we create our families; but how we do psychotherapy.” ~ Susan Johnson, ED.D.

Over the years, attachment science has been scrutinized and often misrepresented as “just a theory for children.” Divulging in such a theory was considered a waste of time and irrelevant; however, after many studies and in-depth research, today, attachment science is one of the best tools in psychotherapy, for it allows you to hone in on your client’s issues and understand what the “next step” is.

“Attachment is a unifying principle that reaches from the biological depths of our being to its furthest spiritual reaches.” ~ John Bowlby

The science shows that the very core of attachment is that humans are social beings and to regulate your body, you need a felt-sense of connection with other people. The ultimate cue for helplessness and hopelessness for human beings is the disconnection from others. Physiologically, emotionally, and mentally, human beings are not designed for isolation.

But how can you apply this in your practice TODAY?

With over 30 years of clinical practice, best-selling author and internationally recognized leader in the field of couple interventions, Dr. Sue Johnson will share with you how she has found success in using attachment science to create bonding relationships that not only make couples more satisfied in their relationships, but most importantly, create bonding relationships that change the security of that bond.

In this video, Dr. Sue Johnson’s energetic and vibrant personality shines as she outlines her most recent large Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) study -

  • Soothing the Threatened Brain -Through EFT and the basis of attachment science, this study demonstrated that 20 sessions of EFT in couples can change the security of the couple’s bond. Most importantly, the brain’s perception of threat significantly diminishes when there is a felt-sense of connection. This revolutionary study shows that we can now effectively help couples, not just understand their relationship better, but create the secure loving bonds that “Soothe the Threatened Brains.”

But that’s not all you’ll learn! Through real-life examples and current research:

  • Find out how and why couples relationships are affected by life-changing experiences.
  • Determine the importance of being present with your client.
  • Discover how technology can reduce relationships from an essential to incidental.
  • And much more!

This video will help you conceive attachment science that no skills training manual can measure up to. Dive deep and transform your practice with Dr. Sue Johnson and Linda Curran and discover the very essence of bonding relationships.



This online program is worth 1.5 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. Identify the framework of attachment that can lead to constructive dependency in your clients.
  2. Determine the implications of insecure attachment in couples and family therapy.
  3. Utilize clinical strategies to improve therapeutic presence with clients.


  • About Dr. Sue Johnson
  • Current EFT Research
  • Attachment
    • Perceiving Threat
  • Solitary Confinement
  • Constructive Dependency
  • ECR: Experiences in Close Relationships
  • Technology and Relationships
  • The Fundamentals of EFT Training
    • Being present with the client
  • Military Couples
  • “Emotional Music”
    • Emotional Balance

Target Audience

Psychologists, Counselors, Social Workers, Case Managers, Addiction Counselors, Marriage & Family Therapists, Nurses, and other Mental Health Professionals.



Overall:      4.8

Total Reviews: 6


Ted K

"Sue Johnson is remarkable. Wonderful person."

Matthew R

"good stuff"

Melissa P

"Lovely, simply fantastic interview!"

Janet M

"I like appreciated Sue Johnson's memory of her father and the supportive environment that she experienced growing up, and how that provided resilience in her."

Jennifer C

"The entire series is the best continuing education I have ever completed. "

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