About the Project
The EmpoweringEFT@EU project aims to facilitate the training, clinical supervision and the practice of Emotion-Focused Therapy (EFT)
The EmpoweringEFT@EU project aims to facilitate the training and supervision of Emotion-Focused Therapy (EFT), thereby further facilitating the dissemination of this evidence-based, humanistic and experiential psychotherapy modality.
EFT is an innovative and effective therapeutic intervention with solid scientific evidence for its efficacy as a treatment for a wide range of emotional disorders, many of which share common psychopathological characteristics, etiology and maintenance mechanisms. In parallel with targeting change at the level of clinical symptoms, EFT also promotes the transformation of deep, maladaptive emotional processes. Besides wide empirical evidence for the effectiveness and efficacy of this treatment for several emotional disorders (such as depression, anxiety difficulties, and interpersonal trauma among others), EFT has also gathered strong empirical evidence from psychotherapy process research at the biological, psychological and clinical levels.
This strategic partnership will develop training opportunities and didactic resources to support good practice in EFT training and clinical supervision. It will develop a digital platform in four European languages to further disseminate and empower EFT practice, supervision and training across different European countries, and prepare the ground for collecting transnational data on EFT practice.
It will also facilitate the creation of local networks of EFT trainers and EFT supervisors who will become agents for the dissemination of good practice internationally, with a particular focus on partner countries and especially Portugal and Spain.
O1. Training Course for EFT Trainers (and course manual)
A training manual will be formulated for use in a brief international training event. It will be used by more experienced partners from Ireland, the UK and Germany to develop a training course for EFT trainers, aimed at eligible trainees from Portugal and Spain (i.e., with prior accreditation with the ISEFT Board).
O2. Training Course for EFT Supervisors (and course manual)
A training manual will be formulated for use in a brief international training event. It will be used by more experienced partners from Ireland, the UK and Germany to develop a training course for EFT supervisors, aimed at eligible trainees from Portugal and Spain (i.e., with prior accreditation with the ISEFT Board).
O3. A digital platform to support practice, training and clinical supervision in EFT (developed in 4 languages: English, German, Portuguese and Spanish/Castellan)
A digital platform (e-platform) established for this project and featuring content in four European languages will include resources for potential psychotherapy clients (willing to know more about this type of treatment), EFT therapists, EFT trainers and EFT supervisors, along with tools for monitoring their routine practice. Monitoring psychotherapy practice through routine outcome assessments (i.e. short outcome measures for psychotherapy clients) and developing feedback systems that report this information back to psychotherapists is now recognized as a recommended procedure to achieve excellence standards in the practice of psychotherapy (e.g. Lambert, Whipple, & Kleinstäuber, 2018). Therefore, this e-platform will be a resource for all the partners (and potential others that might join afterwards) and will be set up to allow for future collection of transnational data on EFT routine practice that will allow its improvement and dissemination in Europe and internationally.
O4. Good Practice Guide for EFT Training
Deriving from the local piloting experiences developed in the second year of this project, this strategic partnership will also develop of a Good Practice Guide for EFT Training, providing information and recommendations for EFT trainers, drawing from feedback based on the experiences of EFT Experts, EFT Trainers and EFT trainees.
O5. Good Practice Guide for EFT Supervision
Based on the experiences of clinical supervision implemented throughout the second year, this strategic partnership will also develop a Good Practice Guide for EFT Supervision, providing the relevant information and recommendations for clinical supervision in EFT, based on the experiences of EFT Experts, EFT Supervisors and EFT supervisees.
The European Commission’s support for the production of this publication does not constitute an endorsement of the contents, which reflect the views only of the authors, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.