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Emotionally Focused Individual Therapy (EFIT) for Grief: Attachment-Based Interventions to Move Clients Through Loss into Growth and Resilience

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Susan Johnson, EdD |  Leanne Campbell, PhD
6 Hours 25 Minutes
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May 19, 2022
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“Who am I now? I can’t imagine my life without them.”

Grief is unpredictable. In response to this shock to the attachment system, your clients may become dysregulated or shut down in the days, weeks, months, and years ahead.

You could offer them a supportive space and some suggestions for coping.

Or you could help them shift into the type of emotional balance that allows them to move through grief – using the power of attachment theory and science.

Emotionally Focused Individual Therapy (EFIT) offers a dependable map to tune into your clients’ emotions as they grapple with the impact of loss. EFIT takes you to the heart of the matter with clear interventions that will reliably shape transformational emotional moments for your clients in every session.

During this 1-day workshop, Dr. Sue Johnson and Dr. Leanne Campbell will give you a blueprint to use with your clients struggling with loss – including anticipatory loss and traumatic loss. You’ll be ready to:

  • Conduct process-oriented assessments that frame grief from an attachment perspective
  • Utilize a proven set of macro and micro interventions that respond to the core longings, needs, and vulnerabilities your grieving clients are experiencing
  • Resolve symptoms, transform trauma, and move clients into the type of full, flexible aliveness that promotes resilience and growth

Purchase now - harness the power of emotions and integrate attachment science into your practice with clients struggling in the aftermath of loss.



This online program is worth 6.5 hours CPD.



Susan Johnson, EdD's Profile

Susan Johnson, EdD Related seminars and products

Dr. Sue Johnson, 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 has employment relationships with University of British Columbia, Campbell & Fairweather Psychology Group, Alliant International, University Ottawa, Couple and Family Institute, and the International Center for Excellence in Emotionally Focused Therapy. She receives royalties as a published author. Dr. Johnson 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.

Leanne Campbell, PhD's Profile

Leanne Campbell, PhD Related seminars and products

Dr. Leanne Campbell, is a Registered Psychologist, a co-founder and managing partner of Campbell & Fairweather Psychology group, and an ICEEFT (International Center for Excellence in Emotionally Focused Therapy) Certified Trainer. In addition to providing psychological services to hundreds of individuals, couples, and families over the past three decades, Dr. Campbell provides trainings in Emotionally-Focused Therapy (EFT) to professionals around the globe with a primary focus in the areas of grief and trauma. Most recently, she co-authored with Dr. Sue Johnson the first individually focused EFT book, A Primer for Emotionally Focused Individual Therapy (EFIT): Cultivating Growth and Fitness in Every Client (Routledge, 2022).

Speaker Disclosures
Financial: T. Leanne Campbell maintains a private practice and receives royalties as a published author. She receives a speaking honorarium, recording, and book royalties from Psychotherapy Networker and PESI, Inc. She has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.
Non-financial: T. Leanne Campbell is a board member International Centre for Excellence in Emotionally Focused Therapy. She is a member of the Canadian Psychological Association, the College of Psychologists of British Columbia, and the International Centre for Excellence in Emotionally Focused Therapy.


  1. Apply attachment theory principles to case conceptualization of clients experiencing grief.
  2. Evaluate the three stages of the EFIT model to inform clinical treatment interventions for grief-related symptoms.
  3. Describe four pre- and post-loss attachment-related factors and their clinical implications.
  4. Apply the CARE model to contextualize clients’ loss experiences within their attachment history.
  5. Create imaginal encounters for grieving clients to evoke adaptive emotion, facilitate self-compassion, and provide attachment resources.
  6. Employ at least three interventions focused on reflecting and understanding clients’ grief-related emotions.


Attachment Science and Grief:
The model known for love also deals with loss
  • The attachment view of love and loss
  • Grief trajectories and the key role of resilience
  • Implications of specific types of losses (e.g., anticipatory, traumatic, non-death losses)
  • Pre- and post-loss factors
The EFIT Guide to Early Sessions:
Making assessments process-oriented and therapeutic
  • How to build a safe-haven alliance
  • The view of self in relationship from a developmental attachment perspective
  • CARE model: Tuning in and staying attuned to four main channels
  • Guidelines for gauging the process and charting the course of therapy
Stabilization, Restructuring, and Consolidation:
EFIT stages and steps
  • The organic model of growth and change - working with vulnerability and spotting negative cycles of coping
  • EFT “Tango” across stages
    • Mirroring/reflecting present process
    • Affect assembly and deepening
    • Choreographing engaged encounters with self and others
    • Processing these choreographed encounters to create emotional balance
    • Integrating and validating new experience
  • How and when to use micro interventions of evocative questioning, reflection, and interpretation
  • Case studies
  • Limitations of the research and potential risks

Target Audience

  • Counselors
  • Psychologists
  • Psychotherapists
  • Social Workers
  • Marriage & Family Therapists
  • Addiction Counselors
  • Case Managers
  • Psychiatrists
  • Mental Health Professionals


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