Addressing Addiction while Fostering Secure Bonds With Emotionally Focused Therapy

  • 21 Feb 2014
  • 9:00 AM
  • 22 Feb 2014
  • 5:30 PM
  • Friends In Deed, 594 Broadway Ste 706, New York, NY 10012


  • Save $25.00 if you register by January 20, 2014
  • Members receive $50 discount of the full non-member registration fee.
Addressing Addiction while Fostering Secure Bonds
With Emotionally Focused Therapy

Presented by Michael Barnett, Ph.D. and Jim Thomas, LMFT, Certified EFT Trainers

Friday, February 21, 2014  9am-5:30pm
Saturday, February 22, 2014  9am-3:30pm

Friends In Deed 
594 Broadway, Ste 706 (Between Prince and Houston)
New York , NY 10012 

Opportunity:  The addictions field experienced significant transformations and improvements over the past two decades as we learned that confrontation comes with consequences, addicts go through stages of change, skills need to be developed and the addict returning to a world of unhealed relationships faces the likelihood of relapse.   

Developments in neuroscience and sociology confirm that attachment exists as a primary system and need in all humans.  Addiction impacts attachment and bonds while substances and process addictions can serve to soothe and distract a person from the pain insecure attachments and isolation.  

We now have the tools to integrate an attachment-based focus into addiction treatment at all stages from pre-contemplation where addicts and families often live on the merry-go-round of addiction, denial and blame through contemplation and in to the action of cleaning up or reducing use while reengaging with loved ones.  This reengagement with partners and family creates new found security which in turns lessens the chances of relapse.  A new positive cycle can be created in couples and families that supports sobriety, growth and healing.  

Workshop:  This workshop provides an invaluable view of addiction and the systemic processes surrounding addictive behavior.  The workshop will expand how clinicians see this common presenting problem.  Attendees report that following the workshop they:

  1. Increase their awareness of addictive processes impacting a couple's ability to connect.

  2. Learn to ask about and address both current use and past use in Stage One work in EFT.

  3. Have tools to go with this expanded perspective for use in session.

  4. Understand how Stage One work in EFT can be beneficial in the face of active addiction.  

Learning Objectives in addition to the above also include:

  1. Integrating the neuroscience of addiction, emotions and attachment as a foundation for understanding; how to address addiction and increasing attachment security with EFT.

  2. Ability to place use and partner’s responses in the negative cycle.  

  3. Address our own reactions and responses to addiction that get in the way of working with this population.  

Format:  In the tradition of quality Emotionally Focused Therapy Trainings, “Addressing Addictions, Fostering Attachment with EFT,” in a safe learning community combines

  • Brief Didactic Presentations of Key Concepts

  • Video Clips of the Presenters Work with Couples

  • Demonstration

  • Role-Play Practice

  • Discussion and Interaction

This 2-Day Workshop is describe  by attendees as being “highly engaging,” “Jim and Michael make a great complementary training team,” and there is “an excellent balance of learning technical skills combined with exploration of the therapist issues of self as they relate to working with addiction.”  

“I wish I could make it to New York City having enjoyed the workshop in Denver so much.  The information about working with addictions, weaving this important issue in to Stage One work and the enormous potential for Stage Two EFT work to help couples whose relationships were harmed by use of one or both partners is invaluable.  I’d be happy to be a repeat attender!” Jonathan Zalsene, MA, Ft. Collins, Colorado

      Evaluations from workshops provided in Denver and Atlanta, 2013, were very positive and the participants highly recommend this training to colleagues.  


      Early registration by January 20

      $410 for members/$435 non-members

      Reg registration by February 10 

      $435 for members/$460 non-members

      Michael BarnettMichael Barnett, Ph.D. is a warm and knowledgeable humanistic therapist and presenter who has been in practice since 1988. He has worked in a multitude of settings over the years, with a wide variety of populations. He primarily works with adults and adolescents. His practice is in North East Atlanta where he offers individual, group, and marriage & couples therapy, as well as supervision and training for other therapists. In addition to his psychotherapeutic work, he has consulted with dozens of organizations for executive training development and team building. Michael trained with Dr. Susan Johnson and her colleagues since 2004 and is an ICEEFT certified EFT Supervisor and Trainer offering Marriage and Couple’s therapy trainings and workshops throughout the United States. Michael is one of the central components of the current research study on EFT with addicted populations. The study is slated for completion in 2015.

      Jim Thomas

      Jim Thomas, LMFT, is a Certified EFT Therapist, Supervisor and Trainer who directors Colorado Center for EFT. He has over 25 years of clinical and supervisory experience with a style described by trainees and supervisees as "warm, supportive and encouraging." Jim has worked with difficult and diverse populations from the beginning of his career.  In his own life and in work with at-risk youth and families in inner city Denver to couples struggling at the Denver Family Institute to folks in his private practice, Jim sees the sometimes visible and often invisible thread of alcoholism and addiction that arises from and feeds insecure, incomplete emotional bonds.  

      Jim’s own healing journey from substance abuse’s impact on his family-of-origin, early childhood, his 12 Step work as an adult child of an alcoholic family system and work with John Bradshaw and others to uncover the secrets and shame that so often occur with addiction informs his EFT work, “Addiction can be like a Tsunami wrecking visible damage or more like pollution or a toxin subtly causing havoc in the family or couple’s attachment system.  In my life, I have seen both.  As EFT Therapists, we have an obligation to learn about addiction, how it shows up in relationships, can shape or accentuate negative cycles and how the antidote exists in our therapy model.”

      He brings tremendous energy, deep compassion, and a seemingly natural talent for conveying EFT concepts in a clear and engaging manner.

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      Cancellation Policy:   If notified in writing of canceling by January 20, fee is refunded minus $50 administrative fee.  Registrations canceled after January 20 are not refundable.
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