Emotion Focused Family Therapy Workshop

The 2-day Emotion Focused Family Therapy (EFFT) Workshop is a program for Families and Caregivers wanting to help a loved one that is struggling with an Eating Disorder.  The Eating Disorder Foundation of NL began offering this program in February 2014.  Participants in the workshops have included parents, step parents, spouses, partners, grandparents, aunts, uncles and friends.

Emotion-Focused Family Therapy is an incredible resource for Parents and Caregivers of individuals struggling with an eating disorder.  The essence of this program is to afford families a significant role in their loved one’s recovery from an Eating Disorder, and to empower Families and Caregivers with specific skills to be effective in this role.  The premise for the work is based in a deep belief in the healing power of families no matter what the age of the loved one they are trying to support.  We have had Families and Caregivers attend that are supporting loved ones as young as 10, and in their 50’s.

The Facilitator’s role is to empower and support Caregivers in four domains:

1) Becoming their loved one’s Emotion Coach

Supporting loved one to approach, process and manage stress, emotions and emotional pain, making symptoms unnecessary to cope

2) Becoming their loved one’s Behaviour Coach

 Assisting loved one in the interruption of symptoms and meal support

3) Support loved one to Heal Old Wounds

Healing wounds from loved one’s past to help loved one let go of old injuries via Relationship Repair

4) Processing Caregiver Blocks

Working through and resolving the fears that surface in the carer during the process of recovery

The EFFT Workshop was part of a national ethically approved research project in 2014, and a provincial ethically approved research project in 2014 through 2015. 

The facilitators for the EFFT workshop are Patricia Nash (Counsellor/Program Facilitator at EDFNL) and Cathy Skinner (Program Coordinator at EDFNL).  Both Patricia and Cathy were trained in Toronto in the use of Emotion Focused Family Therapy with Dr. Joanne Dolhanty PHD and Dr. Adele Lafrance PHD.  They continue to work with Dr. Adele Lafrance to learn about updates to this important program.

This 2-day Workshop is held 4 to 6 times a year on 2 consecutive weekdays.

For information and to register please contact Patricia Nash at patricia@edfnl.ca or 722-0500.