Complex trauma, refers to repeated exposure to threat of violence, including domestic violence (as victim or witness), and childhood abuse. This workshop particularly focuses on complex interpersonal developmental trauma related to childhood maltreatment. Reactions to these experiences appear to be much more complicated and are often classified in terms of cumulative trauma disorder.
Emotion-Focused Therapy for Trauma (EFTT) is based on an empirically-verified model that identifies steps in the process of resolving past relational issues. This three-day workshop is for practitioners with a basic knowledge of Emotion-Focused Therapy. It includes material on the nature of complex trauma and the central role of narrative and emotional processes in the development of disturbance, the EFTT treatment model and how EFTT addresses central features of disturbance. The workshop uses numerous video demonstrating EFTT treatment principles. There is also a heavy emphasis on supervised peer-skills practice.
Sandra Paivio, PhD., C. Psych, is Professor Emeritus in the Department of Psychology, University of Windsor. She maintains a private practice in Toronto, Canada. She is one of the developers of emotion-focused therapy, particularly applied to complex trauma (EFTT), has conducted clinical trials evaluating the efficacy and processes of change in EFTT, and is author of numerous publications on trauma and psychotherapy. These include Emotion-Focused Therapy for Complex Trauma (with Antonio Pascual-Leone) and a forthcoming book (with Lynne Angus) on Narrative Processes in Emotion-focused Therapy for Trauma. Dr. Paivio is featured in several videotapes published by the American Psychological Association, and received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Trauma Section of the Canadian Psychological Association (2014) for her contributions to research and training in treatment for complex trauma.
Day One focuses on the nature of complex trauma, introduces the EFTT treatment model, and Phase One of therapy. Participants will practice empathic responding to help clients disclose trauma narratives and collaborate on the task of re-experiencing trauma feelings and memories.
Day Two will focus Phase Two processes which include introducing the Imaginal Confrontation (IC) procedure (empty-chair dialogue with perpetrators of abuse and neglect) in therapy for the first time, Empathic Exploration (EE) as an alternative to IC without the use of empty-chair, and re-experiencing traumatic events to transform maladaptive fear and shame. Participants will practice introducing both the IC and EE as well as re-experiencing procedures.
Day Three will continue the focus on Phase Two processes which involves addressing difficulties with avoidance and over-control of painful emotional experience and intra-personal conflicts or splits such as guilt, self-interruption of and self-doubt about emotional experience. Participants will practice experiential focusing and two-chair dialogue procedures.
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