Emotionally Focused therapy: working with highly escalated couples

George Faller MS, LMFT

May 28 & 29 2020

9:00am – 4:00pm


Compulsive Self-Endangering Behaviours Trauma Survivors

Overview of Program

Day 1: Keeping your Focus with Highly Escalated Couples

Do escalated couples make you want to quit being a therapist? Join us as we explore those moments of greatest difficulty for couples, from still-face to high reactivity to despair and rage. Learn how to keep your focus and go deeper in the face of reactivity. We’ll explore, demonstrate, practice and integrate in an interactive, experiential way.

Through a combination of lecture, videotape, and exercises, participants will learn to identify the basic stages and steps of Emotionally Focused Therapy and to help couples recognize and deescalate problematic cycles of interaction.


Day 2: Going deeper to Create Stronger Emotional Bonds

Shut down withdrawers and hostile pursuers often bring out the worst in therapists.  Our attempts at getting withdrawers to reengage and pursuers to soften often only leads to either more silence   or further criticism.  Learn skills to match the affect of partners and help them put words to their inner experience, shifting their focus from fixing their partner to their own vulnerability. 


Prior to a career in the field of mental health, George Faller MS, LMFT spent 20 years as a NYC Firefighter and NYC Police Officer.  George received his M.S. in Marriage and Family Therapy from Iona College, where he graduated at the top of his class. He holds a B.A. in Political Science from Queens College. His experience as a FDNY Peer Counselor, particularly following the events of 9/11, sparked his passion to help those impacted by trauma.

He is a certified Trainer/Supervisor/Therapist in Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) and founder of the New York Center for Emotionally Focused Therapy where he serves as President.  He is a Supervisor with the American Association for Marriage & Family Therapy (AAMFT) and teaches classes at the Ackerman Institute for the Family in Manhattan.  He is a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist currently practicing in Connecticut and New York.  George is the director of training at the Greenwich Center for Hope & Renewal in Connecticut and is on the Board of the Porter Cason Institute at Tulane University in New Orleans.

George brings a unique and varied experience to his practice.  Whether he is providing marriage therapy to Wall Street executives, leading a conference for the United States Military or equipping therapists from around the globe, his ability to inspire is far-reaching.  George is also committed to bringing EFT to underprivileged populations and pushing the leading edge of effective therapy.


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This seminar qualifies for 12 CECs for OACCPP members. OACCPP does not endorse or approve this training program or activity.   Approved for 11 hours of MDPAC Group CE credits and 1 hour of MDPAC CCI credits if both days attended (automatically calculated when MDPAC member submits Group CE hours).


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  • To be eligible for group rate, all 3 registrations must be registered at the same time, and paid with one cheque or credit card number.
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  • Certificate of Participation will be given at the end of the workshop.

Learning Objectives

Through demonstration, video tape and practice, therapists will learn how to openly engage partners from a place of curiosity instead of it feeling like an inquisition.  The global steps of EFT will be broken down into more specific, practical micro-moves within each step to empower therapists to stay on target, remain grounded and help clients experience breakthrough, bonding moments.

  1. Identify the key assumptions of attachment theory as it applies to adult relationships.
  2. Identify the assumptions, stages, and steps of EFT, as well as key change events.
  3. Articulate key interventions that help clients to reprocess key emotional responses and reduce reactivity
  4. Identify common therapeutic impasses in EFT and how to address them and implement EFT interventions in clinical exercises and case examples.


Who is This Training For?

This seminar is for:

  • Psychologists
  • Psychiatrists
  • Medical Professionals
  • Social Workers
  • Youth Workers
  • Counsellors and Therapists
  • Family Therapists
  • School Guidance Counselors
  • Addiction Counsellors
  • Case Managers
  • Clergy
  • Other Professionals in the Human Service Sector
  • Current students in these related fields


  • May 28 & 29, 2020 | 9:00am-4:00pm
  • Saint-Paul University, 223 Main St., Ottawa, ON, K1S 1C4
  • Parking at the University for $11.00/day or public parking nearby.