Masterclass in Emotion-Focused Therapy for Youth (EFT-Y) for EFT therapists: Integrate working with youth into your EFT practice (EFT-Y Level 1)

Emotion-focused therapy for children and adolescents, carers and families is one of the latest developments in EFT. Given the shortage of trained professionals for children and adolescents and the resulting dramatic undersupply in Switzerland, the IEFT is very pleased to announce the first two-day Masterclass in Emotion-Focused Therapy for Youth (EFT-Y) with Dr Mirisse Foroughe, Toronto, Canada.
We hope to make a small contribution to inspire and encourage more EFT therapists to work with children and adolescents.

For professionals who already work with children and adolescents and would like to learn more about EFT-Y, a two-day online course will take place in autumn.


Join the first generation of clinicians training in Emotion Focused Therapy for youth and their caregivers. This training is for therapists with EFT experience looking to gain experience in working with youth, parent-child dyads, and families within an emotion focused modality. We will focus on the theoretical, technical, and practical components of extending EFT to youth.

Many youth come to therapy when there have been painful or overwhelming experiences in their lives. EFT’s emotion transformation process simply and brilliantly demonstrates how helpful emotions can reduce suffering. EFT has been adapted for youth aged 9 through 17 based on over ten years of clinical research.

EFT-Y supports clinicians to strengthen their attunement with their client’s verbal and nonverbal communication, identifying key moments in therapy, and facilitating emotion transformation through evocative and empathic responses. EFT-Y directs youth to their emotions as a fundamental meaning system. Each emotional experience provides clues to how the youth is experiencing their world while also organizing them to think and act in certain ways.
In addition to praising the fact that EFT offers an alternative to traditional therapies for youth, clients often appreciate that EFT-Y is individualized for them and places them at the centre of the process. As well, EFT-Y opens the door for recognizing how impactful primary caregivers are in a child’s emotional development and mental health. Many youth become more comfortable with expressing their emotions directly to their caregivers and allowing parents and caregivers to become involved in the therapeutic process.

Target Group

This two-day training is geared toward practicing professionals with a basic knowledge of emotion-focused therapy (e.g., EFT Level B or C) who are seeking to expand their therapeutic reach to include children and adolescents.


Each training day will include didactic material on therapy principles and processes, live demonstration of therapeutic processes, videotaped examples illustrating specific therapeutic responses and client processes, as well as supervised skills practice with peers. Skills practice will focus on modifications made for youth, building capacity with nonverbal communication, and empathic responding. Emphasis will be placed on assessment of emotional processing styles, case formulation including the youth’s family and social system, and implementing two-chair and empty chair exercises to help youth access and process anxiety, self-criticism, self-interruption, and confront relational trauma or misattunement between themselves and their parents or family members.


Dr. Mirisse Foroughe

Dr. Mirisse Foroughe is the Clinical Director at Family Psychology Centre in Toronto, Canada. She has over 25 years of experience providing assessment and treatment to children, adolescents, and families and has expertise in Emotion Focused Therapy (EFT), Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), Emotion Focused Family Therapy (EFFT), Family-Based Treatment (FBT), and Motivational Interviewing (MI).

After completing her Master’s degree in Health Psychology, Dr. Foroughe completed a doctorate degree in Clinical-Developmental Psychology at York University. She has trained at the Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto District School Board, and Sick Kids Centre for Community Mental Health (formerly the Hincks-Dellcrest Centre). She was Ontario’s first full-time Child and Family Psychologist in a Family Health Team, providing primary care to children, adolescents, and families alongside colleagues in medicine and allied health. Dr. Foroughe currently oversees clinical services at the Family Psychology Centre, providing training and supervision to the clinical team, as well as directs the Emotion Transformation Institute, a clinical research lab investigating emotional change through child, caregiver, and family-based interventions.
Dr. Foroughe has received numerous awards and accolades for her work, including the OPA Ruth Berman Early Career Psychologist Award, the CPA 2017 PFC Innovative Service Award, and the OPA 2019 Harvey T. Brooker Award for Excellence in Clinical Teaching. She holds Adjunct Faculty positions with York University as well as the University of Waterloo and is an Adjunct Clinical Supervisor for OISE at the University of Toronto.

Practical Information

Course Dates



9:15 am to 5:00 pm CET






380 CHF




One credit corresponds to a 60-minute unit. Recognition is according to the guidelines of the respective professional society.

Cancellation policy

Cancellation of the binding registration by the participant is possible up to 90 days before the start of the course. In this case, only the administrative costs (CHF 50.-) will be charged. In case of withdrawal of the registration less than 90 days before the beginning of the course, the full amount of the course will be charged.


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Masterclass in Emotion-Focused Therapy for Youth (EFT-Y) for EFT therapists: Integrate working with youth into your EFT practice (EFT-Y Level 1)


Registration deadline: 18.05.2024
The number of participants is limited. The course will only take place if there are enough registrations.
The registration deadline for this course has passed, online registration is no longer possible.