Emotion-Focused Training for Helping Professionals (EFT-HP)

Note: The EFT-HP program was not responsive to the CEBC's inquiry. The following information was obtained from publicly available sources.

About This Program

Target Population: Any helping professional

Program Overview

Developed in response to the growing need for an effective intervention to help professionals to reduce the increased incidence of compassion fatigue in helping professionals due to the corrosive impacts of pandemic COVID-19, the goal of Emotion-Focused Training for Helping Professionals (EFT-HP) is decreased levels of secondary traumatic stress, burnout or compassion fatigue and increased compassion satisfaction or resilience. EFT-HP is a 14-day online intervention. In summer 2024, there will be an app based on the program available at https://www.self-growth-institute.com/en/self-growth-institute-eng/

Logic Model

The program representative did not provide information about a Logic Model for Emotion-Focused Training for Helping Professionals (EFT-HP).

Manuals and Training

Publicly available information indicates there is a manual that describes how to deliver this program, and there is some training available for this program.
See contact info below.

Relevant Published, Peer-Reviewed Research

Halamová, J., Ondrejková, N., & Kováč, K. (2022). Randomized controlled trial of Emotion-focused Training for Helping Professionals. Frontiers in Psychology, 13, Article 1024451. https://doi.org/10.3389/fpsyg.2022.1024451

Type of Study: Randomized controlled trial
Number of Participants: 253


  • Age — Not specified
  • Race/Ethnicity — 74% Slovak, 20% Czech, 2% Hungarian, 2% Ruthenian, and 2% Serbian
  • Gender — Not specified
  • Status — Participants were professionals in mental health, education, healthcare, or social work.

Location/Institution: Not specified

Summary: (To include basic study design, measures, results, and notable limitations)
The purpose of the study was to examine the short- and long-term effectiveness of the novel Emotion-focused Training for Helping Professionals on levels of compassion fatigue (secondary traumatic stress & burnout), self-criticism, self-compassion, and compassion for others. Participants were randomized to either the experimental group that received treatment or to a non-treatment control group. Measures utilized include the Secondary Traumatic Stress Scale (STSS), Oldenburg Burnout Inventory (OLBI), Forms of Criticizing/Attacking and Self-Reassuring Scale (FSCRS), Sussex-Oxford Compassion for the Self Scale (SOCS-S), and the Sussex-Oxford Compassion for Others Scale (SOCS-O). Results indicate that after completing Emotion-focused Training for Helping Professionals, the experimental group participants reported significantly lower scores for secondary traumatic stress, burnout, and self-criticism, and higher scores for self-compassion and that these lasted for two months after completion. Compared to the control group, the Emotion-focused Training for Helping Professionals group participants had significantly lower scores of secondary traumatic stress, burnout, self-criticism, and higher scores of self-compassion after the intervention. No significant changes were found for the control group, except a significant increase in time in the reported score for one dimension of burnout – exhaustion. Limitations include small sample size, high attrition rate, and social desirability bias.

Length of controlled postintervention follow-up: 2 months

Additional References

No reference materials are currently available for Emotion-Focused Training for Helping Professionals (EFT-HP).

Contact Information

Jύlia Halamová, PhD
Title: Professor
Agency/Affiliation: Comenius University in Bratislava
Department: Social and Economic Sciences

Date Research Evidence Last Reviewed by CEBC: February 2024

Date Program Content Last Reviewed by Program Staff: May 2024

Date Program Originally Loaded onto CEBC: June 2024