Emotion Focused Family Therapy with Children and Caregivers
A Trauma-Informed Approach
This book introduces emotion focused family therapy (EFFT) as an evidence-based intervention for children through the integration of parent trauma treatment and emotion-focused techniques. A team of expert authors, including the founders of EFT and EFFT, contribute to the chapters, in which recent findings from longitudinal clinical trials are woven into a rich and deeply presented overview of using EFFT practically with clients. This immensely practical book also provides illustrative case studies, intervention strategies, and do’s and don’ts at the end of each chapter.
Table of Contents
Foreword 1. Overview of Emotion-Focused Therapy Genevieve Vrana and Leslie Greenberg 2. Emotion-Focused Therapies for Children and Adolescents Mirisse Foroughe 3. Development and Core Components of EFFT Mirisse Foroughe, Joanne Dolhanty, Priyanjali Mithal, and Adele Lafrance 4. Emotion Focused Family Therapy in Practice Mirisse Foroughe and Laura Goldstein 5. Processing Parent Blocks Mirisse Foroughe and Laura Goldstein 6. EFFT and Trauma: Engaging the Parent with a Dismissing Attachment Style Kristina Cordeiro, Sara Lynn Rependa, Robert Muller, Mirisse Foroughe 7. Practical Resources Adele Lafrance, Joanne Dolhanty, and Mirisse Foroughe
Mirisse Foroughe, PhD, is a clinical psychologist and director of psychological services at Kindercare Psychology, heading the Primary Care Psychology Research Lab. She holds an adjunct faculty position with York University in Toronto, and is the primary developer of the EFFT Research Program. Dr. Foroughe has received the Ontario Psychological Association Early Career Psychologist Award and the Canadian Psychological Association’s 2017 PFC Innovative Service Award.
"This engaging book should be required reading for family therapists and family therapy trainees, highlighting theoretically and empirically grounded approaches to systematically assessing and therapeutically addressing the emotional experiences of each family member and the family system. I found particularly rewarding the authors’ sensitive and insightful guidance for working with parents/carers to enhance their emotion awareness, expression, validation, and reflection as a way to prevent or overcome barriers and blockages and facilitate adaptive transformations in family therapy."
Julian D. Ford, PhD, ABPP, professor of psychiatry and law, president-elect, International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies (2017-2018), associate editor, Journal of Trauma and Dissociation, associate editor, European Journal of Psychotraumatology
"This book is an important addition to the literature on emotion focused (EFT) and child therapies. It clearly presents basic EFT theory, research, and techniques adapted to therapy with children and their families. It provides specific treatment guidelines and is richly illustrated with clinical examples. This book is a must read for anyone interested in an approach that de-pathologizes children and empowers parents to take ownership of their child’s recovery."
Sandra C. Paivio, PhD, CPsych, professor emeritus, Department of Psychology, University of Windsor, Ontario, Canada, author of Emotion-focused Therapy for Complex Trauma: An Integrative Approach, conducting practice and training in Toronto, Ontario, Canada
"This book is a welcoming and easy read that boldly throws open the doors to a new way of working with families. Taking an integrative approach, where EFFT offers an overarching umbrella of possibilities, makes this book accessible to child and family therapists coming from a range of approaches. For those already working with families, this book is rich with new ideas. For those familiar with EFT, the novel applications are exciting eye openers!"
Antonio Pascual-Leone, PhD, certified psychologist, associate professor in Department of Psychology, University of Windsor, Director of the Psychological Services and Research Centre (PSRC)