Emotionally Focused Family Therapy (EFFT) is an attachment-based approach that combines both systemic and experiential interventions to transform parent and child relationships through more secure relationships that promote resilience and thriving. This workshop focuses on the use of EFFT with families of young children (0 – 6 years old) through focusing on attachment-focused assessment and play therapy practices necessary for treating family distress and disorder in early childhood. Attention will be given to how EFFT practice with younger children incorporates different skills drawing from nonverbal attachment assessments and play-based interventions.
This workshop involves didactic instruction, experiential exercises, video examples and case example demonstrating the practice of EFFT with young children and their parents. This interactive workshop will include consultation with participant cases exploring the application of this training. Five 3-hour sessions once a month provide participants an opportunity to apply and consult on the direct application of this training to everyday practices.


5 x 3 hour meetings. 9 am – 12pm PST Pacific Standard Time
$350 (Discounted to $200 for Students & Developing Countries). Note: This cost does not include Eventbrite’s registration fees.
Whatsapp Support Group
For those who are out of the time zone, you may watch the recordings and still participate in the Whatsapp group.


January 22nd | 9am -12pm PST
February 19th | 9am -12pm PST
March 12th | 9am -12pm PST
April 23rd | 9am -12pm PST
May 13th | 1pm – 4pm PST


This training will be offered online via Zoom Video Conferencing


Requirements: Either participants must have completed an ICEEFT sponsored Externship in EFT or an Introduction to EFFT. Each participant may miss one meeting date and view the recording of the training if they cannot be present at the designated time. The recording will be made available for review only during the course timeline.


$30 for15 CEUs
CEU’s are guaranteed for LMFT, LCSW, LPCC and LEP,
Application is in the process for clinical psychologists, and may or may not be approved.


Participants will learn to
1. Conceptualize family distress with young children using theories of emotion and attachment.
2. Delineate key practices of EFFT with young children from EFFT.
3. Identify therapist practices that promote a working alliance with parents and young children.
4. Identify therapist practices for assessing attachment of young children with parents.
5. Analyze parent child attachment interactions.
6. Develop strategies working with attachment related affect in young children.
7. Apply play-based techniques to work through relational blocks in parent child interactions.
8. Practice play-based enactments used to restructure new patterns of interaction promoting new levels of safety and security in the family.


Kathryn de Bruin is a Marriage and Family Therapist, Certified EFT Trainer and Supervisor. She has a full time private practice in San Diego, CA where she works with children and families. Kathryn teaches Play Therapy at the University of California San Diego, in the Play Therapy Program, and at Bethel University. With a heart for her homeland South Africa, Katheryn started www.eftsouthafrica.com. She travels back frequently to provide trainings. As an AAMFT supervisor, Kathryn enjoys providing supervision in person and online. Supervisees have described her as warm, perceptive and skilled. With her strong work ethic, it is important to Kathryn to be accessible and responsive to those who work with her. For more information on Kathryn, visit her online at www.kathryndebruin.com

James Furrow, PhD., is leader and contributor to the practice of Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) with couples and families. Together with EFT originator, Dr. Susan Johnson, Jim co-authored Emotionally Focused Family Therapy; Becoming an EFT Therapist: The Workbook and The EFT Casebook. He is also co-authored Emotionally Focused Couple Therapy for Dummies, a practical resource for couples and therapists seeking an everyday understanding of EFT principles and practices. Formerly Jim served as the Freed Professor of Marital and Family Therapy at Fuller Graduate School of Psychology, where he trained psychologists and marital and family therapist. He is a clinical fellow and an approved supervisor of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, a member of the National Council on Family Relations, and a Certified Family Life Educator. He co-founded the Los Angeles Center for Emotionally Focused Therapy, where he served as Executive Director before relocating to the Seattle area. Jim is an ICEEFT certified EFT therapist, supervisor, and trainer.


***Participants must be familiar with and abide by professional and legal confidentiality requirements regarding all client information shared in the training. Certification in EFT is offered by ICEEFT based on completion of all requirements and demonstrated competence in the model. Completion of training does not guarantee competence or certification. Enrollment in this training constitutes an agreement to hold harmless The San Diego Center for Emotionally Focused Therapy, the Training and Research Institute for Emotionally Focused Therapy (TRI-EFT), and all presenters and trainers from any and all claims, actions, and judgements, including all costs of defense and attorney’s fees incurred in defending against the same. I have read and agree to follow the terms for participation.

Confidentiality: You must agree to keep confidential the personal identifying information of case material shared in the training. I agree to not record any part of this training in any format (audio, video, or visual). Personal written notes of non-confidential material are permitted.