• 03/05/2019
  • 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
  • Mountain Oyster Club, 6400 E. El Dorado Plaza # 100, Tucson, AZ 85715


  • Includes lunch, the speaker fee, and the cost of the CE.
  • Must be a current SAPA Member. Includes lunch, the speaker fee, and the cost of the CE.
  • Includes lunch, the speaker fee, and the cost of the CE.

Southern Arizona Psychological Association (SAPA)




Speaker: Laura S Schnaps, PhD


Lucy Wilson, PhD

Tuesday, March 5, 2019, 12:00-1:30PM 

Mountain Oyster Club



Emotionally Focused Therapy for Couples is recognized as one of the few empirically supported models of couples therapy.  As such, EFT-C provides a powerful tool for couples therapists.  The foundation of EFT is Attachment Theory, a developmental model of personality.  EFT weaves the interactional concepts of systems theory with emotional processes to shape changes in the attachment bond within couples.

The presentation will include video examples, PowerPoint slides and didactic material.  Questions from the audience will be welcomed.

This introductory level presentation will help participants

  1. Participants will be able to list the basic principles of EFT-C.
  2. Participants will be able to identify what couples are appropriate for treatment with EFT-C.
  3. Participants will be able to describe the basic processes involved in promoting bonding experiences with couples in EFT-C.

Who should attend?

Psychologists, school psychologists, behavioral health practitioners, health care professionals, and any other interested parties.

About the Speakers

Drs. Schnaps and Wilson were both trained in and practiced Couples and Family Therapy prior to training in EFT.  They began studying Emotionally Focused Therapy with Couples in 2008, when together they attended a four day externship in Ottawa, Canada, led by Dr. Sue Johnson. Following the externship, they then completed a 5 weekend advanced training in EFT Core Skills and were chosen as assistants in subsequent Core Skills modules.  In addition, they both continue to enhance their skills by attending additional trainings in specific topics using the EFT model of therapy, participating in an ongoing peer consultation group in EFT and seeking individual and group supervision. 

Laura S. Schnaps, Ph.D. is a clinical psychologist in private practice.  She has been studying and treating couples for her entire 30+ year practice and has been using the EFT model of couples therapy for the past 10 years.  She has always worked with Children, Adolescents and Adults including Family Therapy and is well familiar with Emotionally Focused Family Therapy (EFFT.) She is the current Chair and President of the Board for the Arizona Center for Emotionally Focused Therapy (AZEFT.) She also has an extensive background in treating Eating Disorders and has presented multiple workshops on treating eating disorders.

Lucy Wilson, PhD. is a clinical psychologist in private practice, with an emphasis on individual and couples therapy.  In addition, Dr. Wilson spent many years working with traumatized individuals, including refugees and torture survivors.  She continues to support clinicians internationally through her participation on the Barbara Chester Award, honoring clinicians who work with torture survivors.  Dr. Wilson is the former President of the Southern Arizona Psychological Association and participates on the SAPA in the Community committee.

Date:         Tuesday, March 5, 2019

Schedule:  11:45 Check in

                   12:00  Lunch
                   12:30-1:30 Presentation

Location:   Mountain Oyster Club, 6400 E. El Dorado Plaza # 100, Tucson, AZ 85715

CEs:           1 CE


SAPA Members: Early Bird $30 until 2/11/19; Regular $33

Non-SAPA:  Early Bird $35 until 2/11/19; Regular $38

Student/Interns: Early bird $20 until 2/11/19; Regular $23

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You will be able to indicate any needed accommodations or dietary preferences when you register.  Walk-in space is limited and cannot be guaranteed.  Lunch choice cannot be guaranteed for walk-ins. Registration deadline is 2/28/19. Register online at or go directly to the registration page. For questions about this event, contact  Cancellation/refund deadline is 2/2819.
 There is no conflict of interest or commercial support for this CE program or its instructor(s). 


Continuation Education Credits:

This event is offered for 1 CE Credit.  Participants must sign in, be present for the entire presentation, and complete the Evaluation Questionnaire in order to obtain a CE Certificate. Southern Arizona Psychological Association (SAPA) is approved by the American Psychological Association (APA) to sponsor continuing education for psychologists.  SAPA maintains responsibility for all of its programs and content.  

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