Personal Information

California School of Professional Psychology

Couple & Family Therapy

San Diego Campus

Distinguished Professor

Distinguished Professor

Alliant International University San Diego
10455 Pomerado Road
San Diego CA 92131

858-635-4785

Courses, Research Interests, Publications

PSY 7324 Advanced MFT Research

PSY 6310 Ethics, the Law, and MFT: Professional Issues

PSY 7321 Supervision Practicum in Marriage and Family Therapy

PSY 7320 Supervision of Marriage and Family Therapy

PSY 7810 Advanced Doctoral Seminar: Advanced Marital Therapy

PSY 7810 Advanced Doctoral Seminar: Effective Practice in MFT

PSY 7317 Couple Therapy

PSY 6350 Practicum in MFT

PSY 6315 Marital & Divorce Therapy

PSY 6313 Family Therapy Techniques

PSY 6312 Theories of Marital and Family Therapy

PSY 8317 Advanced Couple Therapy

PSY 6308 Interviewing Techniques & Lab

Emotionally focused therapy; courtship, marriage, couples therapy; MFT process, and outcome research; observational research; cultural issues in couple relationships; MFT supervision processes; MFT therapy training; chemical dependency

Johnson, S., & Woolley, S. R. (2009). Emotionally focused couple therapy: An attachment based treatment. In G.O. Gabbard (Ed.), Textbook of psychotherapeutic treatments. (pp. 553-579). Washington, DC: American Psychiatric Publishing.

Caldwell, B. E., & Woolley, S. R. (2008). Marriage and family therapists' endorsement of myths about marriage. The American Journal of Family Therapy, 36, 367-387.

Caldwell, B. E. & Woolley, S. R. (2008). Marriage and family therapists' attitudes toward marriage. Journal of Couple and Relationship Therapy, 7(4), 321-336.

Woolley, S. R. (2007). The revolution in couples therapy. The California Psychologist, 40 (1), 12-15.

Caldwell, B. E., Woolley, S. R., & Caldwell, C. J. (2007). Preliminary estimates of cost-effectiveness for marital therapy. Journal of Marital and Family Therapy, 33(3), 392-405.

Reid, R. & Woolley, S. R. (2006). Using emotionally focused therapy for couples to resolve attachment ruptures created by hypersexual behavior. Journal of Sexual Addiction and Compulsivity, 13, 219-239.

Woolley, S. R. & Johnson, S. (2006). Creating secure connections: Emotionally focused therapy. Japanese Journal of Addiction & Family, 23 (2), 329-346.

Johnson, S., Bradley, B., Furrow, J., Lee, A., Palmer, G., Tilley, D., & Woolley, S. R. (2005). Becoming an EFT therapist: The workbook. New York: Brunner-Routledge.

Woolley, S. R. & Johnson, S. (2005). Creating secure connections: Emotionally focused couples therapy. In J. Lebow (Ed.), Handbook of clinical family therapy (pp.384-405). New York: John Wiley & Sons.

Woolley, S. R. (2004). Interview with Dr. Scott R. Woolley. Japanese Journal of Addiction & Family, 21(3), 241-247.

Woolley, S. R. (2002). In memory of James L. Framo: A personal note. Journal of Marital and Family Therapy, 28 (1), 3-4.

Woolley, S. R., Butler, M. H., & Wampler, K. S. (2000). Unraveling change in therapy: Three different process research methodologies. American Journal of Family Therapy, 28 (4), 311-329.

Woolley, S. R. (2000). Becoming an AAMFT approved supervisor. AAMFT-CA News, 8(2), 1-1.

Woolley, S. R. (1996). Enactments in couple therapy: A process-oriented investigation. CAL-AAMFT News, 4(4), 1-4.

Guanipa, C. L. & Woolley, S. R. (2000). Gender bias in therapists' conceptualization of couple difficulty. American Journal of Family Therapy, 28(2), 181-192.

Woolley, S. R. (2008, August). Couple and family therapy: Theory, research, and treatment. An eight-day introductory course to the theories and techniques of MFT taught to approximately 60 Japanese students in the Alliant Japan masters program in Tokyo, Japan.

Woolley, S. R. (2008, February). Couples therapy. A 3 unit graduate course taught to Alliant Mexico City Students in Mexico City, Mexico.

Woolley, S. R. (2008, August). Emotionally focused couples therapy. A two-day workshop taught to approximately 100 Japanese students and professionals presented through the Alliant CE department in Tokyo, Japan.

Woolley, S. R. (2007, August). Healing attachment injuries in emotionally focused therapy. Invited presentation at Congreso Chileno de Psicoterapia, Renaca, Chili.

Woolley, S. R. (2007, February). Couples therapy. A 3 unit graduate course taught to Alliant Mexico City Students in Mexico City, Mexico.

Woolley, S. R. (2007, August). Emotionally focused therapy for couples. Invited one day workshop for Universidad del Desarrollo, Santiago, Chili.

Woolley, S. R. (2007, August). Emotionally focused therapy for couples. Invited plenary presentation at Congreso Chileno de Psicoterapia, Renaca, Chili.

Palmer-Olsen, L., & Woolley, S. R. (2006, May). EFT training and supervision. Workshop presented at the First Emotional Focused Therapy Summit, Ottawa, Canada.

Greenberg, L., Johnson, S., Woolley, S., Paivio, S. (2006, May). EFT - Directions and issues in EFT. Plenary Panel Discussion, presented at the First Emotional Focused Therapy Summit, Ottawa, Canada.

Woolley, S. R. & Jorgenson, R. (2006, May). Emotionally focused couples group therapy. Workshop presented at the First Emotional Focused Therapy Summit, Ottawa, Canada.

Woolley, S. R. (2006, August). Emotionally focused couples therapy. A two-day workshop taught to approximately 110 Japanese students and professionals presented through the Alliant CE department in Tokyo, Japan.

Woolley, S. R. (2006, August). Marriage and family therapy: Theory, research, and treatment. An eight-day introductory course to the theories and techniques of MFT taught to approximately 80 Japanese students in the Alliant Japan masters program in Tokyo, Japan.

Woolley, S. R., & Kallos-Lilly, V. (2006, May). Impasses in EFT for couple: Identifying and working through bumps along the road. Workshop presented at the First Emotional Focused Therapy Summit, Ottawa, Canada.

Woolley, S. R. (2006, August). Marital therapy. Five-day class taught to approximately 40 Taiwanese students at the Methodist Graduate School of Theology, Taipei, Taiwan.

Woolley, S. R. (2005, August). Emotionally focused therapy: An introduction. One-day workshop taught for Taiwan Association of Marriage and Family Counseling, Taipei, Taiwan.

Woolley, S. R. (2005, August). Emotionally focused therapy: Advanced training. One-day workshop taught for Taiwan Association of Marriage and Family Counseling, Taipei, Taiwan.

Woolley, S. R. (2005, August). Marital therapy. Five-day class taught to approximately 40 Taiwanese students at the Methodist Graduate School of Theology, Taipei, Taiwan.

Johnson, S. M., & Woolley, S.R. (2008, January). Emotionally focused couple therapy externship. Four-day intensive training in emotionally focused therapy for approximately 130 participants. Presentation included observation of live couple therapy performed by both presenters. Sponsored by Alliant International University, San Diego, California.

Woolley, S. R., & Jorgensen, R. P. (2008, March). Emotionally focused therapy: Basic intervention training. Half day pre-conference workshop presented at the Association of Mormon Counselors and Psychotherapists, Salt Lake City, Utah.

Johnson, S. M., & Woolley, S.R. (2008, May). Emotionally focused couple therapy externship. Four-day intensive training in emotionally focused therapy for approximately 50 participants. Presentation included observation of live couple therapy performed by both presenters. Sponsored by Alliant International University, San Francisco, California.

Woolley, S. R., & Jorgensen, R. P. (2008, September). Emotionally focused couple therapy externship. Four-day intensive training in emotionally focused therapy for 33 participants. Presentation included observation of live couple therapy performed by both presenters. Sponsored by the San Diego Center for Emotionally Focused Therapy, Salt Lake City, Utah.

Woolley, S. R. (2007, January). Advanced training in emotionally focused therapy. Invited two-day intensive advanced training for 10 professionals. Sponsored by Alliant International University, San Diego, California.

Johnson, S. M., & Woolley, S.R. (2007, January). Emotionally focused couple therapy externship. Four-day intensive training in emotionally focused therapy for approximately 130 participants. Presentation included observation of live couple therapy performed by both presenters. Sponsored by Alliant International University, San Diego, California.

Woolley, S. R. (2007, March). The revolution in treating couples: Emotionally focused therapy. Invited one day workshop for approximately 90 professionals. Sponsored by UHCL Family Therapy Student Association and the Houston Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, Houston, Texas.

Woolley, S. R. (2007, March). Emotionally focused therapy: Overview and softenings. Invited presentation sponsored by the Irvine Alliant Student Association, Irvine, California.

Woolley, S. R. (2007, March). Moment by moment: Getting to the heart of couples therapy. Invited one day Presentation. Psychotherapy Networker - Symposium East, Washington D.C.

Woolley, S. R. (2007, April). Emotionally focused couples therapy. Invited "Master Lecturer" one day institute presented at the California Psychology Association Annual Convention, Santa Monica, California.

Woolley, S. R. (2007, April). Emotionally focused couples therapy with trauma. Invited "Master Lecturer" workshop presented at the California Psychology Association Annual Convention, Santa Monica, California.

Johnson, S. M. & Woolley, S.R. (2007, April). Emotionally focused couple therapy externship. Four-day intensive training in emotionally focused therapy for approximately 120 participants. Presentation included observation of live couple therapy performed by both presenters. Sponsored by Alliant International University, San Francisco, California.

Woolley, S. R. (2007, May). Advanced training in emotionally focused therapy. Invited two-day intensive advanced training for 8 professionals. Sponsored by Alliant International University, San Francisco, California.

Woolley, S. R. (2007, July). Advanced training in emotionally focused therapy. Invited two-day intensive advanced training for 8 professionals. Sponsored by Alliant International University, San Diego, California.

Woolley, S. R. (2007, September). Introduction to Emotionally Focused Therapy. Invited one day workshop for approximately 75 Professionals at the Annual Conference of the Idaho Association for Marriage and Family Therapy. Boise, Idaho.

Woolley, S. R. (2007, September). Emotionally focused therapy and the treatment of trauma. Invited workshop for approximately 75 Professionals at the Annual Conference of the Idaho Association for Marriage and Family Therapy. Boise, Idaho.

Kenyon, R. J. & Woolley, S. R. (2007, September). Ethical practice case review. Invited workshop for approximately 70 Professionals at the Annual Conference of the Idaho Association for Marriage and Family Therapy. Boise, Idaho.

Caldwell, B.E. & Woolley, S. R. (2007, October). Couple therapy for eating disorders: Assessment and treatment. Workshop presented to approximately 80 professionals at the 65th annual conference of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, Long Beach, CA.

Woolley, S. R., & Jorgensen, R. P. (2007, October). Emotionally focused therapy basic intervention training. Workshop presented approximately 160 professionals at the 65th annual conference of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, Long Beach, CA.

Woolley, S. R., & Jorgensen, R. P. (2007, March). Emotionally Focused Therapy: Basic Intervention Training. Workshop presented at the Association of Mormon Counselors and Psychotherapists, Salt Lake City, Utah.

Woolley, S. R. & Jorgensen, R. P. (2006, November). Emotionally focused couple therapy. Invited two day satellite broadcast training for LDS Family Services. Broadcast live throughout the United States and Canada. Originated in the Conference Center TV studio, Salt Lake City, Utah.

Woolley, S. R., & Jorgensen, R. P. (2006, March). Emotionally focused therapy. All day workshop presented at the Association of Mormon Counselors and Psychotherapists, Salt Lake City, Utah.

Woolley, S. R. (2006, April). Emotionally focused couple therapy: An introduction. Invited workshop presented to the San Diego chapter of AAMFT-CA, San Diego, California.

Woolley, S. R. (2006, May). Emotionally focused couple therapy: Working from an attachment perspective. Invited one day workshop presented at the spring conference of the Los Angeles County Psychology Association, Pasadena, California.

Woolley, S. R. (2006, January). Advanced training in emotionally focused therapy. Invited two-day intensive advanced training for 10 professionals. Sponsored by Alliant International University, San Diego, California.

Caldwell, B. E. & Woolley, S. R. (2006, August). Emotionally focused couples therapy: An introduction. Workshop presented at the University of Guam, Mangilao, Guam.

Johnson, S. M., & Woolley, S.R. (2006, January). Emotionally focused couple therapy externship. Four-day intensive training in emotionally focused therapy for approximately 75 participants. Presentation included observation of live couple therapy performed by both presenters. Sponsored by Alliant International University, San Diego, California.

Caldwell, B. E. & Woolley, S. R. (2006, October). MFTs' endorsement of marital myths. Workshop presented at the national conference of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, Austin, Texas.

Woolley, S. R. (2006, October). Trauma, attachment injuries and emotionally focused therapy. Institute presented at the national conference of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, Austin, Texas.

Woolley, S. R. & Leboy, S. (2005, October). Complexity, power and problem solving in the supervisor-therapist-client relationship. Workshop presented at the annual conference of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, Kansas City, Missouri.

Woolley, S. R. & Bullette, R. (2005, October). Legal and ethical competencies in AAMFT supervision. Workshop presented at the annual conference of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, Kansas City, Missouri.

Woolley, S. R. (2005, June). Emotionally focused therapy: An introduction. Invited workshop for Kaiser Permanente, San Diego, California.

Woolley, S. R. (2005, May). Emotionally focused couples therapy: Creating attachment bonds. Invited one-day workshop sponsored by Alliant International University, San Diego, California.

Woolley, S. R. (2005, April). Emotionally focused couples therapy: Creating attachment bonds. Invited one-day workshop for approximately 70 professionals sponsored by Nebraska Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, Omaha, Nebraska.

Woolley, S. R. (2005, April). Emotionally focused couples therapy: Creating attachment bonds. Invited three-day workshop for approximately 35 professionals sponsored by the Provo Counseling Center, Lehi, Utah.

Woolley, S. R. (2005, April). Trauma, attachment injuries and emotionally focused therapy. Invited one-day workshop approximately 100 professionals sponsored by the Ohio Association for Marriage and Family Therapy and the University of Akron, Akron, Ohio.

Woolley, S. R. & Leboy, S. (2005, October). Major models of supervision. One-day institute presented at the annual conference of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, Kansas City, Missouri.

Woolley, S. R. (2005, March). Emotionally focused couples therapy: Creating attachment bonds. Invited four-day AAMFT Winter Institute for 50 people, Panama City Beach, Florida.

Woolley, S. R. (2005, October). AAMFT Supervision Track Coordinator at the annual conference of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, Kansas City, Missouri.

Woolley, S. R. (2005, January). Advanced training in emotionally focused therapy. Invited two-day intensive advanced training for 10 professionals. Sponsored by Alliant International University, San Diego, California.

Johnson, S. M., & Woolley, S.R. (2005, January). Emotionally focused couple therapy externship. Four-day intensive training in emotionally focused therapy for approximately 55 participants. Presentation included observation of live couple therapy performed by both presenters. Sponsored by Alliant International University, San Diego, California.

Jorgensen, R. E. & Woolley, S. R. (2007, March). Emotionally focused therapy skills training. Invited five hour satellite broadcast training for LDS Family Services. Broadcast live throughout the United States and Canada. Originated in the Conference Center TV studio, Salt Lake City, Utah.

Guest for 2 segments on "You and Me Monday" with Julie de Azevedo Hanks on the Home Team, KJZZ, Salt Lake City, Utah. July 21, 2008. See: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dsYntOvTmlA

Dow, H. D., & Woolley, S. R. (2007, October). Albanian immigrant families' perceptions of mental health. Poster presented at the 65th annual conference of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, Long Beach, CA.

Woolley, S. R. (2007, October). Marriage and family therapists' attitudes toward marriage. Poster presented at the 65th annual conference of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, Long Beach, CA.

Kenyon, R. J., & Woolley, S. R. (2007, October). Systemic nature of eating disorders and marital relationships. Poster presented at the 65th annual conference of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, Long Beach, CA.

Woolley, S. R. (2006, October). Cost-effectiveness of marital therapy. Poster presented at the national conference of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, Austin, Texas.

Academic History and Background

PhD; Marriage and Family Therapy, Texas Tech University, 1995

MS; Marriage and Family Therapy, Birgham Young University, 1991

BS; Economics, Brigham Young University, 1985

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, California (#37622), 2001

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Texas (#4234), 1994

Certified Emotionally Focused Therapist, Supervisor, and Trainer., 2004

Approved Supervisor, American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy., 1996

Clinical Member, American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, 1993

International Family Therapy Association., 2007-Present

Certified Emotionally Focused Therapist, Supervisor, and Trainer., 2004-Present

California Association for Marriage and Family Therapists., 1997-Present

Approved Supervisor, American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy., 1996-Present

Clinical Member, American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy., 1993-Present

National Council on Family Relations., 1989-Present

Professional Practice and Community Service

Founder and Co-director of the San Diego Center for Emotionally Focused Therapy, 2007-Present

Full Professor, Alliant International University, 2006

Systemwide Director, MFT Graduate Programs, Alliant International University - San Diego, Irvine, and Sacramento, California, and Mexico City, Mexico., 2005-Present

Arranged, oversaw, and assisted with 4-day externship and 2-day advanced training in Emotionally Focused Couple Therapy (EFT) at Alliant-San Diego, led by Dr. Susan M. Johnson, founder of EFT., 2004

Arranged, oversaw, and assisted with 4-day externship and 2-day advanced training in Emotionally Focused Couple Therapy (EFT) at Alliant-San Diego, led by Dr. Susan M. Johnson, founder of EFT., 2003

Associate Professor, United States International University, 2001

Arranged, oversaw, and assisted with 5-day externship in Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy (EFT) at Alliant-San Diego, led by Dr. Susan M. Johnson, founder of EFT., 2001

Invited to serve on a grant review panel led by William Doherty at the 4th AAMFT Research Conference, Reno., 2001

Arranged, oversaw, and attended 5-day in Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy (EFT) at USIU-San Diego, led by Dr. Susan M. Johnson, founder of EFT., 2000

Invited to serve on a grant review panel led by William M. Pinsof, a leading process researcher, at the 3rd AAMFT Research Conference, Reno., 2000

Arranged, oversaw and attended 7-hour workshop "Treating Troubled Adolescents" by Jay Haley., 2000

Participated in the 2nd AAMFT Research Conference, Chicago. Invitation-only, application-based conference that brought together about 80 senior and emerging researchers to promote research in the field of marriage and family therapy., 1999

Arranged, oversaw and attended 7-hour workshop "Treating Domestic Violence" by Jay Haley., 1999

Trained as a COAMFTE Site Visitor for accrediting COAMFTE masters and doctoral programs., 1998

Member, Family Therapy Research Consortium technology committee, an AAMFT-affiliated consortium charged with developing a national MFT clinical research data base., 1997-1998

Participated in the inaugural AAMFT Research Conference, Santa Fe, New Mexico. Invitation-only conference that brought together about 60 senior and emerging researchers to develop strategies and protocols for future research in marriage and family therapy., 1997

Assistant Professor, United States International University, 1996

Director, MFT Graduate Programs, Alliant International University (United States International University until 2001)., 1996-2005

Therapist for the home-based family therapy program associated with the Lubbock County Youth Center. Supervisors: Julie Serovich, Ph.D., & Richard Wampler, Ph.D., 1993

Therapist in private practice. Provided individual, marriage, and family therapy (3 to 5 hours a week)., 1993-1995

Therapist at the Levelland Family Center. Provided individual, marriage, and family therapy for families associated with the Levelland School District who had drug and alcohol related problems., 1993

Adjunct staff member in the Marriage and Family Development Center of the Texas Tech University Counseling Center. Supervisor: Rolf Gordhamer, Ph.D., 1992-1995

Therapist at the Brownfield Regional Court Residential Treatment Center. Supervisor: Richard Wampler, Ph.D., 1991-1995

Student therapist at the Family Therapy Clinic, Texas Tech University. Provided individual, marriage, family, and group therapy (8-10 hours per week). Supervisors: TTU Faculty., 1990-1992

Coordinator of the TTU Family Therapy Clinic contract with Children's Protective Services. Attended staff meetings, reviewed case files, interacted with CPS caseworkers, and developed and collected therapists' progress reports., 1990-1991

Student therapist at the Comprehensive Clinic, Brigham Young University. Provided individual, marriage, family, and group therapy (8-12 hours per week). Supervisors: BYU Faculty., 1988-1990

Private practice focused on couples therapy in Poway, California.

Extensive community church related service pro-bono.