1st Edition

Emotion Focused Therapy for Youth The Clinical Manual

Edited By Mirisse Foroughe Copyright 2023
    232 Pages 22 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    232 Pages 22 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This edited collection is the first book of its kind to apply the theory, research, and teaching of Emotion Focused Therapy to youth and their families, equipping clinicians and students with the practical skills to facilitate individual, dyadic, and parent sessions confidently. 

    Mirisse Foroughe is joined by an impressive group of internationally acclaimed contributors, including clinician-scientists and scholars, as well as the developer of Emotion Focused Therapy, Dr. Leslie Greenberg. This clinical manual offers a trauma-informed perspective on how to apply EFT for primary care of youth as well as more complex mental health difficulties. The manual begins with an incredibly user-friendly overview of core EFT principles before moving onto clinical applications with individual youth, parents, and dyads. The contributors then address how EFT can be implemented with specific client populations, such as youth with anxiety, depression, and borderline personality disorder, before examining important considerations that clinicians should bear in mind when working with parent and youth trauma and complex clinical presentations. 

    Interweaving a trauma-informed perspective throughout, the manual is filled with practical summary tables, helpful tips, and eye-catching illustrations to ensure it is useful for students and experienced therapists. Emotion Focused Therapy for Youth is essential reading for marriage and family therapists, clinical social workers, and other mental health professionals working with youth and their families.

      1. Emotion Focused Therapy 2. Emotion Focused Therapy for Youth 3. Emotion Focused Therapy for Parents 4. Parent-Youth Dyadic EFT 5. Emotion Focused Therapy for Youth with Anxiety 6. Emotion Focused Therapy for Youth with Depression 7. Emotion Focused Therapy for Youth with Borderline Personality Disorder 8. EFT-Y for Parent and Youth Trauma


      Dr. Mirisse Foroughe completed her doctoral studies in 2011 and now directs Family Psychology Centre and the Emotion Transformation Institute in Toronto. She has received numerous awards and accolades for her work, including the CPA 2017 PFC Innovative Service Award and the OPA 2019 Harvey T. Brooker Award for Excellence in Clinical Teaching.

      "The Clinical Manual of Emotion Focused Therapy for Youth and Their Families is the deeply practical, widely informative powerhouse resource that will be embraced by clinicians looking to take their practice to the next level. The provision of theoretical foundations, technical considerations, and case examples allows the clinician to gain an expansive understanding in adapting EFT for youth and their caregivers. A must-have resource." -Dr. Goldie Millar, child and adolescent clinical psychologist; co-author of F Is for Feelings and 1, 2, 3 My Feelings and Me

      "EFT is such a practical and time-honored approach. It is impressive to see how it is being used in this context. This book offers a pivot in focus to youth and their caregivers opening the door to enriched clinical work for a population who would benefit deeply. In matters of the heart, EFT captures and transforms relationships. This book offers a worthy guide on this journey for youth and those caring for them." -Dr. Anna Baranowsky, psychologist; author, Trauma Practice: Tools for Stabilization & Recovery


      "This long awaited book is a brilliant presentation of the EFT-model adapted for youth, and the authors have done an incredible job of balancing accessibility, precision, and pedagogy. I particularly enjoyed the authors’ use of helpful metaphors and heuristics while consistently relating the model to the latest research and models on how our emotions and our brains work. The vignettes and examples vividly bring the reader into the therapy room. It is a much needed book devoted to helping struggling youth, giving parents their rightful place as their child's most important relationship while retaining the youth’s integrity and autonomy. There are useful integrations of emotion focused work with caregivers, couples, and families, and while the primary focus of the book is working with youth individually, it also provides a lovely map to navigate through the many different challenges and impasses that can arise when working with the youth-parent system." -Jan Reidar Steigler, director, The Norwegian Institute for Emotion Focused Therapy