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Defining Moments in Couples Therapy: Neuroscience in the Consulting Room

Understanding the neurobiology of the brain not only explains how change happens, it also translates into more effective psychotherapy. In this dynamic demonstration-workshop, Sue Johnson, EdD and James Coan PhD offer a dialogue demonstrating the relevance of neuroscience to the process of repairing couples relationships. Together the presenters will review recorded couples therapy sessions to explore how neurobiological insights can inform and help shape a therapist’s moment-by-moment decision-making.


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Susan Johnson |  James Coan
3 Hours 45 Minutes
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19 Mar, 2016
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Susan Johnson's Profile

Susan Johnson Related seminars and products: 14


Susan Johnson, Ed.D., is an author, clinical psychologist, researcher, professor, popular presenter and speaker 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.

Sue Johnson is founding director of the International Centre for Excellence in Emotionally Focused Therapy ( and distinguished research professor at Alliant University in San Diego, California, as well as professor emeritus, clinical psychology, at the University of Ottawa, Canada.

Dr. Johnson has received a variety of awards acknowledging her development of EFT and her significant contribution to the field of couple and family therapy and adult attachment. Sue has been appointed as a Member of the Order of Canada, the country’s highest civilian honor recognizing outstanding achievement, dedication to the community and service to Canada. In 2016, she was named Psychologist of the Year by APA, and has been honored by AAMFT for her Outstanding Contribution to the Field of Couple and Family Therapy.

As author of the best-selling book: Hold Me Tight, Seven Conversations for a Lifetime of Love, Sue Johnson has created for the general public, a self-help version of her groundbreaking research about relationships – how to enhance them, how to repair them and how to keep them. This best seller has been adapted and developed into a relationship education and enhancement program.

Her most recent book, Love Sense, The Revolutionary New Science of Romantic Relationships outlines the new logical understanding of why and how we love – based on new scientific evidence and cutting-edge research. Explaining that romantic love is based on an attachment bond, Dr. Johnson shows how to develop our “love sense” – our ability to develop long-lasting relationships.

Dr. Johnson’s best known professional books include, The Practice of Emotionally Focused Couple Therapy: Creating Connection (2004) and Emotionally Focused Couple Therapy with Trauma Survivors (2002).

Sue trains counselors in EFT worldwide and consults to the 50 international institutes and affiliated centers who practice EFT. For more information about Sue and her mission, please visit her website at

Speaker Disclosures:

Financial: Susan Johnson receives compensation as a tenured professor for the University of Ottawa. She receives royalties as an author for Little Brown, ICEEFT, Brunner Routledge, and Guilford Press. Dr. Johnson receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.

Non-financial: Susan Johnson has no relevant non-financial relationship to disclose.

James Coan Related seminars and products: 2


James Coan, PhD, associate professor of clinical psychology at the University of Virginia, is the recipient of the Association for Psychological Science’s Spence Award for Transformative Early Career Contributions. He’s the author of The Handbook of Emotion Elicitation and Assessment.

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Target Audience

Addiction Counselors, Case Managers, Counselors, Marriage & Family Therapists, Nurses, Psychologists, Social Workers, and other Mental Health Professionals


  1. Demonstrate how to "read" clients' facial and body language as outward signs of their brain function and emotional processing -- and use this knowledge to select and time interventions more effectively.
  2. Describe how to make your interventions more efficient by tapping into the processes of relational regulation.
  3. Determine when clients can't self-soothe or access higher brain functions and intervene accordingly.
  4. Identify the relevance of neuroscience to the process of repairing couples relationships.


Overview of couple’s therapy

  • Recognizing EFT in therapy
  • Using a clear, systematic approaches to get the best outcomes - Attachment Theory

Experiencing couple’s therapy

  • Discover how relationships affect the brain with James Coan
  • Evoke the attachment panic to activate brain function
  • Exposure to a recorded couple’s therapy session

Concluding remarks with Sue Johnson and James Coan

  • Explaining client vulnerabilities and what it means for treatment
  • Techniques to help couples change and grow through each other for a better sense of self



Overall:      4.7

Total Reviews: 158


Chris D - MANASSAS, Virginia

"This was a great introduction to using EFT skills in couple's therapy. "

Rocio S

"Great presentation"

Cynthia C - Millersville, Pennsylvania

"Excellent information They worked well together"

Felicia M - BLAINE, Washington

"I particularly appreciate the ability to type notes side by side while attuning to the presentation. Further, the ability to safe AND email my notes was perfection. "

Noel H - WALNUT CREEK, California

"Great course and very interesting. Thank you to wonderful lecturers. "

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