Effective couples therapy: Project E(f)FECTS. Therapists Network USA

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  1. What is our aim?

We want couples to improve their relationships based on a scientifically verified model with proven effectiveness. This study will serve to validate the model among Spanish- speaking couples and adapt it to different cultures, thus generating training materials for therapists that help improve the quality of couples therapy.

 

  1. How are we going to do it?

We are currently planning a randomized clinical trial called E(f)FECTS (Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy in Spanish) that includes couples from Spain, Mexico, Costa Rica, Argentina and Guatemala and the collaboration of a network of 13 psychotherapy centers. This is an international study with additional collaboration from universities in the US and Canada.

About the project

Couples with difficulties are entitled to psychotherapeutic intervention based on scientific
evidence. In countries where applied, 75% of participating couples have seen improvements in their relationships.

 

 

“This therapy helps couples find safer and more loving ways to communicate so that one’s partner can better respond and understand one’s needs”

Lola Fatás (research team therapist, Project E(f)FECTS).

 

What are our aims?

Every year in Spain more than 100,000 couples break up. This project came about to help change this reality. It involves a pioneering study in Spanish-speaking countries with the first randomized clinical trial using emotionally focused therapy. We want couples to improve their relationships based on a scientifically verified model with proven effectiveness.

Of all the intervention models used in marriage or couples therapy, only two have achieved certain empirical evidence and are supported by the scientific community. One is the “emotionally focused therapy” model, developed at the University of Ottawa by Susan Johnson, and the other is the “integrative behavioral therapy” model, developed at the University of California-Los Angeles by Andrew Christensen. Both have proven to be effective among 75% of the couples who have participated in related studies.

These models are applied in the context of couples therapy in the US, Canada, and England, and now have thousands of trained therapists. However, it is time to validate them among Spanish- speaking couples and adapt them to different cultures.

This study will serve as the basis for creating an international network of psychotherapists, thus generating training materials for therapists that help improve the quality of couples therapy.

How are we going to do it?
We are currently planning a randomized clinical trial called E(f)FECTS (Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy in Spanish) that includes couples from Spain, Mexico, Costa Rica, Argentina and Guatemala and the collaboration of a network of 13 psychotherapy centers.

This is an international study with additional collaboration from universities in the US and Canada.