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EmpoweringEFT@EU

This project will develop training opportunities and good practice guides for EFT trainers and clinical supervisors, as well as a digital platform to support EFT training, supervision and practice in different countries..

EmpoweringEFT

In the last decade, European countries have been aware of the global burden of disease associated to mental health problems, leading to European commitments to address these issues (e.g. the Pact for Mental Health and Wellbeing – Wahlbeck, 2010, and a European Framework for Action on Mental Health and Wellbeing – European Commission, 2016; Wykes, et al., 2015). In particular, depression alone has been considered an epidemic due to its social and financial impact, high rates of relapse and increasing rates in the elderly and people from lower socioeconomic status (Freeman et al., 2016; Vieira & Cunha, 2019). Recent evidences also show that the COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent lockdowns have taken a significant toll in the mental health of Europeans (e.g. Hummel et al., 2021; Rossi et al., 2020). Besides depression, other emotional problems such as anxiety, trauma/stress related and obsessive-compulsive disorders also have high prevalence, comorbidity and tendency to develop into chronic conditions, representing significant challenges to national health systems.

Within the psychological treatments available for these emotional disorders, transdiagnostic treatments, in particular, constitute a promising and innovative approach to the treatment of emotional disorders, based on the fact that many of these problems share common psychopathological characteristics, etiology and maintenance mechanisms.

Emotion-Focused Therapy (EFT) is not only an innovative and effective treatment for emotional disorders (Elliott et al., 2002, 2013, 2021; Timulak & Keogh, 2020), but also promotes the change of deep and maladaptive emotional processes in parallel with the change of symptoms, gathering strong empirical evidence at the biological, psychological and clinical level (e.g. Kramer & Pascual-Leone, 2016; Peluso & Freund, 2018).

This project will develop training opportunities and good practice guides for EFT trainers and clinical supervisors, as well as a digital platform to support EFT training, supervision and practice in different countries. It will also facilitate the creation of a network of local EFT trainers and supervisors who will become agents for the dissemination of good practices in partner countries and across Europe, especially in Portugal and Spain.

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