Emotion Focused Skills Training for Parents: Core Program
This series of webinars teaches the core content and skills of Emotion Focused Skills Training as delivered to Parents.
EFST-P Core Program
Access to this course content is available for 365 days.
Parents and Mental Health Professionals
Level: Core Program
This course covers the basics of Dr Joanne Dolhanty’s Emotion Focused Skills Training for Parents. Learn this simple basic program, guiding parents to navigate their own and their child’s emotions, enhance their own and their child’s motivation for change, and transform problematic relationships in their family.
Emotion Focused Skills Training for Parents is an evidence-based intervention, with research results showing that even the core basic program is sufficient for significant change to occur.
In a large randomized clinical trial, parents attended this program while their child struggling with the mental health problem did not. Children were assessed before and after the parents received the intervention and again at follow up. Children made significant change although only their parents attended, and at 12-month follow-up, the children no longer required mental health intervention.
EFST-P Core Program
This course will be relevant to mental health professionals who already work with, or who wish to include parents, caregivers and/or families in their work with adult, adolescent or child clients.
This is the first course in EFST-P training for professionals to experience how the core program is delivered to parents.
This course will be relevant to parents who have a loved one of any age (young child, adolescent or adult child) suffering from a mental health or physical health problem, or other problems such as social or educational struggles.
Mental health professionals may recommend this course to parents as an introduction or supplement to their ongoing work together.
Parents who register for this course are strongly encouraged to be followed by a clinician.
EFST-P emerged out of Dr Joanne Dolhanty’s pioneering work including parents in the treatment of individual adults suffering from severe eating disorders. It has since evolved into becoming a lifespan model to work with parents who have a loved one of any age suffering from a mental health or physical health problem, or other problems such as social or educational struggles.
Professionals have implemented EFST-P, in person and online, in a variety of health care and mental health care settings, including large hospitals, small and large community organizations, and private practice. Professions of those utilizing the model include psychotherapists, social workers, child and youth workers, counsellors, psychologists, psychiatrists, doctors, and others in the helping professions.
For Parents & Professionals
Additional Goals and Learning Objectives for Professionals
Professionals will complete this course as the first step in learning how to facilitate EFST programming with parents. In addition to the above goals and objectives, they will observe and experience:
Course Access Duration
Unit 1 – Introduction to EFST-P
Unit 2 – Navigate Emotion
Unit 3 – Enhance Motivation
Unit 4 – About Boundaries
Unit 5 – Boundaries without Judgment
Unit 6 – Integrate