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Event Details - Australian Assembly on Affect and Attachment: Theory into Practice with Emotion Focused Therapy (EFT)

Title: Australian Assembly on Affect and Attachment: Theory into Practice with Emotion Focused Therapy (EFT)
Type of Activity: Conferences
Objective of Course / Workshop:

This innovative conference will bring expert speakers into two Australian locations, Melbourne and Brisbane. Australian speakers will also be featured with the power of the audience onsite for experiential learning, networking and support.

DAY 1: Keynote address by Dr Sue Johnson on Attachment Science. This session will be pre-recorded as Sue will be travelling at the time. If you have questions you would like to ask Sue, please email Clare Rosoman at

Also on Day 1, Dr Veronica Kallos Lilly will deliver a workshop on the practice of Emotionally Focused Therapy for Individuals (EFIT). This session will be delivered live via videolink.

DAY 2: Jean Malpas on working with gender-diverse couples, Dr Stefanie Carnes on Sexual Addiction and Olivia Donaghy on working with families of gender-diverse children.

Course / Workshop Outline:

Day 1 – EFT for Individuals (EFIT)
Registration from 7.45am
8.00 Welcome from Dr Jenny Fitzgerald
8.05-9.15 Key Note Address by Dr Sue Johnson (video-link) - Attachment Science: The Way Forward for Psychotherapy
9.15-9.30 Morning Tea
9.30-1.00 Dr Veronica Kallos-Lilly (video-link) - EFT for Individuals (EFIT): Creating Security Within Self and Relationship
1.00-2.00 Lunch
2.00-3.00 Theory into Practice Video of Sue Johnson demonstrating EFIT
3.00-3.30 Afternoon Tea
3.30-4.00 Experiential exercises on EFIT lead by Dr Jennifer Fitzgerald & Dr Clare Rosoman (Bris) and Linda Murrow and Dr Karen Johnson (Melb)

Day 2 – Working with Diversity in EFT
Registration from 7.45am
8.00-10.00 Jean Malpas (video-link) - Supporting Couples Through Gender Affirmation
10.00-10.30 Morning Tea
10.30-12.30 Dr Stefanie Carnes (video-link) - Sexually Compulsive & Addictive Behaviour: The Controversy, Diagnosis & Implications for Treatment
12.30-1.30 Lunch
1.30-2.30 Olivia Donaghy - Transitioning the Family System: Applying Systemic Practice with Gender Diverse Children & Adolescents
2.30-3.00 Afternoon Tea
3.00-3.50 Theory into Practice Case Presentations by Associates of ACEFT
3.50-4.00 Wrap up by Dr Jennifer Fitzgerald (Bris) and Gail Hawking (Melb)

OPD points: 10
Course / Workshop content:

Dr Sue Johnson: Founder of Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT)
Dr. Sue Johnson is an author, clinical psychologist, researcher and a leading innovator in the field of couple therapy and adult attachment. Sue is the primary developer of Emotionally Focused Couples and Family Therapy (EFT), which has demonstrated its effectiveness in over 30 years of peer-reviewed clinical research. She is the director of the International Centre for Excellence in EFT, a Distinguished Research Professor at Alliant University in San Diego, California, as well as Professor Emeritus, at the University of Ottawa, Canada. Her latest book, Attachment Theory in Practice: EFT with Individuals, Couples and Families, shows the promise of attachment science in terms of making sense of and repairing our most precious relationships and thriving as strong resilient individuals. We are honoured to have her open this assembly for us.

Dr Veronica Kallos-Lilly: Director of Vancouver Centre for EFT Veronica Kallos-Lilly is a Registered Psychologist in Canada and Founding Director of the Vancouver Centre for Emotionally Focused Therapy ( As a Certified EFT Trainer, Veronica has enjoyed presenting EFT both locally and internationally for over 24 years. Her first book, “An Emotionally Focused Workbook for Couples: The Two of Us,” was published in 2015 with co-author Jennifer Fitzgerald. Veronica looks forward to once again connecting with Aussie audiences and sharing new developments in using EFT to foster secure attachment with individuals.

Start/End Date: 07/03/2020 to 08/03/2020
Time: 08:00:00 - 16:00:00
Presenter / Provider: This two-day conference is brought to you by the Australian Centre for Emotionally Focused Therapy & the Melbourne Community for Emotionally Focused Therapy
Contact Name: Clare Rosoman
Contact Phone: 07 3831 6058
Contact Email:
Address 2:
State: N/A
Parking: No
Is there disability parking and entry? No
Are meals included with this event? Yes
If yes, what meals? Morning / Afternoon Tea & Lunch
Registration URL:
Cost ($): $200 - $500
Registration Instruction (if applicable):

This conference will be offered in two locations:

Melbourne, Victoria 
The Community Room,
Abbotsford Convent 1 St Heliers St


Brisbane, QLD
Pacific Hotel 345 Wickham Terrace,
Spring Hill

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