Introduction to Emotion-Focused Family Therapy (EFFT): An Evidence-Based Practice to Support Caregiver Involvement Across the Lifespan

with Ashley Skinner, MSW, RSW
| 4 June, 2022

Registration Closed

OPQ Accreditation: RA04420-22 6.5 CE

Saturday June 4th
Times: 9:30am to 4:30pm
Venue: Zoom (Link will be send upon registration)


Interpersonal Violence, sometimes called domestic violence or domestic abuse, is reaching epidemic proportions and affects men, women and children of all races

Research for mental health strongly suggests that individuals who have supportive networks and involve loved ones in their treatment, regardless of age, tend to have more positive treatment outcomes. Research also suggests that parents/caregivers often do not feel equipped to support their loved one due to their own fears and/or lack of formal family involvement in treatment in the current Canadian mental health model.

This workshop will introduce clinicians to two of the four modules in Emotion-Focused Family Therapy (EFFT). EFFT is rooted in a deep and unwavering belief in the healing power of families. The essence of EFFT is to afford caregivers a
signifiant role in their loved one’s mental health and well-being. This workshop will focus on the therapists role to empower and support caregivers in mastering the skills, tasks and feelings involved two main areas:

1. Becoming their loved one’s emotion coach, that is supporting their loved one to approach, process and manage stress, emotions and emotional pain making symptoms unnecessary to cope;

2. Working through and resolving the fears and obstacles that surface in the parent/caregiver during this challenging and novel journey.

This approach is suited for parents and caregivers regardless of their child’s age, level of motivation or involvement in formal treatment. EFFT is a lifespan approach that can be delivered with individuals only, parents and caregivers only,
and with families. The training material is presented in a way that can be integrated within other treatment modalities and approaches.


  1. Understand the factors that influence the development of behavioural and mental health issues
  2. Introduction to the two-steps to emotion coaching
  3. Experiential practice teaching/techniques of emotion coaching to use with parents/caregivers
  4. Introduction of emotional blocks and how clinicians can identify, understand and help transform emotion blocks that can lead to therapy-interfering attitudes and behaviours in caregivers and themselves

Before May 4th 2022
Argyle Clinical Members and Argyle Students $325
Non Argyle Affiliation $375

After May 5th
Argyle Clinical Members and Argyle Students $375
Non Argyle Affiliation $425

No – Accreditation needed

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Argyle Clinical Members and Argyle Students $250
Non Argyle Affiliation $300

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Ashley Skinner, MSW, RSW


Ashley Skinner MSW, RSW is a registered social worker in Ontario with a private practice and almost 10 years clinical experience in the field. Ashley specializes in emotion-focused treatment modalities and a is a certified advanced emotion-
focused family therapist and supervisor through the International Institute for Emotion-Focused Family Therapy.

Ashley has worked in various levels of care including inpatient, day treatment and outpatient settings with both adolescents and adults struggling with eating disorders, trauma and anxiety. Ashley works primarily with general mental health and eating disorders and provides supervision, consultation and training to individual therapists, outpatient clinics and inpatient units in both Canada and the United States.