October 26 – 28, 2017
Halifax Nova Scotia

Facilitated by:
Dr. Cheryl Aubie, R.Psych.
Dr. Laura Connors, R. Psych.

This is an excellent learning opportunity for medical professionals, psychologists, social workers, nurses, educators and others who interact with individuals, parents and/or families in our community.

This workshop will include experiential components and participants will learn EFFT techniques that can be integrated into existing treatment models for those clients & families who do not respond to standard care.

Background/experience in EFT or family therapy is not necessary.

Spaces are limited and enrollment will be capped at 40 participants.

Registration fee: $690.00



Part of the Emotion-Focused “family” and rooted in a deep belief in the healing power of parents, the essence of EFFT is to afford caregivers a role in their child’s recovery, regardless of their age, level of motivation or involvement in formal treatment themselves. The clinician’s role is to support parents and caregivers to increase their involvement through four steps including recovery coaching, emotion coaching, relationship repair, and identifying, understanding, and transforming “emotion blocks” that lead to therapy-interfering attitudes or behaviors in caregivers.

This final component is critical since throughout the course of treatment, some well-intentioned caregivers can struggle to support their loved one’s treatment. They may even engage in behaviors that enable their loved one’s symptoms, creating challenges for the most experienced clinicians. For this reason, the EFFT model includes a module for clinician challenges as well. For more information on EFFT, visit Mental Health Foundations or

This training is suited for newcomers to EFFT as well as those with prior training and experience. The training model will introduce beginners to the approach and give them a working experiential knowledge of the model. Those with previous experience will have the opportunity to deepen their experiential practice, and further expand their skill set.


Dr. Cheryl Aubie, R.Psych is a Psychologist at the Nova Scotia Health Authority Eating Disorder Clinic and is Psychologist/Owner at Wavelength Psychotherapy. Her work focuses on helping individuals, couples and families heal from emotional and psychological difficulties. She has extensive training in Emotion-Focused Therapy (EFT) and provides education and supervision in both this model and EFFT. Together with Dr. Connors she leads EFFT parent workshops and supports clinician skill development in EFFT.

Dr. Laura Connors, R.Psych. is a Psychologist at a large children’s hospital and in private practice at Wavelength Psychotherapy. She specializes in EFFT in her clinical work and teaching in both settings. Dr. Connors has worked closely with the co-developer of EFFT over the past eight years. She is actively engaged in research on the EFFT model in the areas of eating disorders and general mental health and has co-authored several published articles in the area. Together with Dr. Aubie she leads EFFT parent workshops and supports clinician skill development in EFFT.