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Defining Moments in Couples Therapy: Neuroscience in the Consulting Room

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Susan Johnson, Ed.D. |  James Coan, PhD
3 Hours 44 Minutes
Audio and Video
Mar 19, 2016
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Understanding the neurobiology of the brain not only explains how change happens, it also translates into more effective psychotherapy. In this dynamic demonstration-workshop, Sue Johnson, EdD and James Coan PhD offer a dialogue demonstrating the relevance of neuroscience to the process of repairing couples relationships. Together the presenters will review recorded couples therapy sessions to explore how neurobiological insights can inform and help shape a therapist’s moment-by-moment decision-making.



This online program is worth 3.75 hours CPD.



Susan Johnson, Ed.D.'s Profile

Susan Johnson, Ed.D. Related seminars and products

Dr. Sue Johnson, EdD, is an author, clinical psychologist, researcher, professor, popular presenter and speaker and a leading innovator in the field of couple therapy and adult attachment. Sue is the primary developer of Emotionally Focused Couples and Family Therapy (EFT), which has demonstrated its effectiveness in over 30 years of peer-reviewed clinical research.

Sue Johnson is founding Director of the International Centre for Excellence in Emotionally Focused Therapy (ICEEFT) and Distinguished Research Professor at Alliant University in San Diego, California, and Professor, Clinical Psychiatry at the University of British Columbia, Canada, as well as Professor Emeritus, Clinical Psychology, at the University of Ottawa, Canada.

Dr. Johnson is the author of 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 Emotionally Focused Couple Therapy with Trauma Survivors (2002).

Sue trains behavioral health providers in EFT worldwide and consults to the over 75 international institutes and affiliated centers who practice EFT. She also consults to Veterans Affairs and the U.S. and Canadian militaries.

Speaker Disclosures:

Financial: Dr. Sue Johnson receives compensation as a professor for the University of British Columbia and the University of Ottawa. She has an employment relationship with the Campbell & Fairweather Psychology Group and Alliant International University. She is the director of the Ottawa Couple and Family Institute and the International Center for Excellence in Emotionally Focused Therapy (ICEEFT). She receives a speaking honorarium, recording royalties, and book royalties from PESI, Inc. She has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.

Non-financial: Dr. Sue Johnson serves on the editorial board for the American Journal of Family Therapy (AJFT) and the journal Couple and Family Psychology: Research & Practice.

James Coan, PhD Related seminars and products

James Coan, PhD, associate professor of clinical psychology at the University of Virginia, is the recipient of the Association for Psychological Science’s Spence Award for Transformative Early Career Contributions. He’s the author of The Handbook of Emotion Elicitation and Assessment.


Speaker Disclosures:

Financial: Dr. James Coan has an employment relationship with eh University of Virginia. He receives a speaking honorarium and recording royalties from PESI, Inc. Dr. Coan is a published author and receives royalties. He has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.

Non-financial: Dr. James Coan is a member of the International Association of Relationship Research; the Association for Psychological Science; the Society for Neuroscience; the Society for Psychophysiological Research; and Social, Cognitive, and Affective Neuroscience. 

Target Audience

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


  1. Demonstrate how to "read" clients' facial and body language as outward signs of their brain function and emotional processing -- and use this knowledge to select and time interventions more effectively.
  2. Describe how to make your interventions more efficient by tapping into the processes of relational regulation.
  3. Determine when clients can't self-soothe or access higher brain functions and intervene accordingly.
  4. Identify the relevance of neuroscience to the process of repairing couples relationships.


Overview of couple’s therapy

  • Recognizing EFT in therapy
  • Using a clear, systematic approaches to get the best outcomes - Attachment Theory

Experiencing couple’s therapy

  • Discover how relationships affect the brain with James Coan
  • Evoke the attachment panic to activate brain function
  • Exposure to a recorded couple’s therapy session

Concluding remarks with Sue Johnson and James Coan

  • Explaining client vulnerabilities and what it means for treatment
  • Techniques to help couples change and grow through each other for a better sense of self



Overall:      4.8

Total Reviews: 20


Lisa S

"A summary of the material presented in the form of a handout or outline would have been helpful."

Amy A


Chris D

"This was a great introduction to using EFT skills in couple's therapy. "

Rocio S

"Great presentation"

Cynthia C

"Excellent information They worked well together"

Felicia M

"I particularly appreciate the ability to type notes side by side while attuning to the presentation. Further, the ability to safe AND email my notes was perfection. "

Noel H

"Great course and very interesting. Thank you to wonderful lecturers. "

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