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Plenary Session

Emotion-Focused Family Therapy: A Transdiagnostic Model for Caregiver-Focused Interventions

Lead by Dr. Adele Lafrance

The essence of EFFT is to increase the positive role of caregivers in their child’s emotional health and wellness. The clinician’s role is to support parents and caregivers to increase their involvement in specific ways - including with behavioral support, emotional support and therapeutic apologies if relevant.


The model also involves a module for the identification, understanding, and transformation of “emotion blocks” that can lead to therapy-interfering attitudes or behaviors in parents and caregivers. An overview of the model will be provided with a focus on theory, technique and skills to target problematic patterns of parenting.

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Dr. Adele Lafrance



Adele Lafrance, Ph.D., is a clinical psychologist, author, research scientist, and developer of emotion-focused treatment modalities, including Emotion-Focused Family Therapy. She has published extensively in the field of psychotherapy, emotion and health, including a clinical manual to support families published by the American Psychological Association.


She has also written a popular parenting book titled: What to Say to Kids When Nothing Seems to Work, and provides practical resources to parents and caregivers at no cost at Dr. Lafrance is a leader in the research and practice of
psychedelic medicine with a focus on ketamine, MDMA, psilocybin and ayahuasca.

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