Emotion-Focused Therapy (EFT) is about using emotions to help client change. It is founded on a careful analysis of the meanings and contributions of emotions to human experience and change in psychotherapy. This focused leads both therapist and client toward strategies that promote the awareness, acceptance, expression, utilization, regulation, and transformation of emotions. The goals of EFT are strengthening the self, regulating affect, and creating new meaning.
Level 2 further equips participants in the application of EFT tasks. This is done by introducing concepts such as the 6 principles of emotional change, and memory re-consolidation. The two major tasks: two-chair dialogue, and unfinished business, will be covered in greater depth and details. Two other central and core themes in EFT would also be covered; these are case formulation and therapeutic relationship, listed below:
Case formulation in EFT is neither diagnostic nor problem finding. It is a collaborative process with the clients that entails both “leading” and “following”. This is where an EFT therapist “follows and track” clients’ pain and at appropriate junctures “lead” clients, through a collaborative process, to engage in certain tasks. Participants would be introduced to the idea of “forming a focus” in therapy jointly with clients.
Therapeutic Relationship. The relationship between client and therapist forms a supporting structure in “holding” clients in their pain. It is in this “holding” that clients are willing to dive deep into their emotional injuries. Topics such as; how to engage clients in first few sessions of EFT; how to establish therapeutic presence and also what to do in relationship difficulties with clients, would be covered.
Participants would acquire the following at the end of Level 2:
- Emotion Productivity Assessment
- Emotion Change Processes
- Case Formulation: An Introduction
- Application of splits and two-chair dialogue
- Application of unfinished business
- Self-interruption in EFT
- Imaginal Re-Entry as a Self-Soothing Task
- Engaging Clients in EFT
- Establishing Therapeutic Presence
- Addressing Early Alliance Difficulties
- Relationship Dialogue for Therapeutic Difficulties
This workshop will be conducted online. There will be skills practice during the last hour of the workshops. The workshops will take place from 8 Feb 2022 to 13 Apr 2022 with the breakdown of sessions below:
Leslie Greenberg (Session 1 – 6, Tuesdays)
* A one-hour pre-recorded video will be made available to participants a week before the workshop for discussions for Sessions 1-6.
Dates: 08, 15 Feb 2022
01, 08 Mar 2022
15, 22 Mar 2022
SGT Time: 9:00am-11:15am
Robert Elliott (Session 7 & 8, Tuesday & Wednesday)
Dates: 12, 13 Apr 2022
SGT Time: 9:00am-12:30pm
- $1600 (incl. Handouts)
Prof. Leslie S.Greenberg
Leslie S. Greenberg is Distinguished Research Professor Emeritus of Psychology at York University in Toronto, Canada. He is the major developer of an Emotion-Focused approach to psychotherapy. The development of this approach started in 1975. In his PhD dissertation, he asked a very important question – “What makes people change when they consult a psychologist with a difficulty or struggle?” The key answer that unfolds was that it is not thoughts that brings sustainable change, neither behaviour, but emotions. These pioneering ideas were first published in the mid-eighties. And he continued to research in the area of emotions, and has countless books and research papers, under his name, and the number is still growing. This approached is called Emotion-Focused Therapy.
Prof. Robert Elliott
Robert Elliott, Ph.D.is Professor of Counselling in the Counselling Unit at the University of Strathclyde, where he directs its research clinic and teaches counselling research and EFT. He is a co-author of Facilitating emotional change (1993), Learning emotion-focused therapy (2003), and Research methods in clinical psychology (now in its third edition, 2015), as well as more than 150 journal articles and book chapters. He is a Fellow in the Divisions of Psychotherapy and Humanistic Psychology of the American Psychological Association.
In 2008 he received both the Distinguished Research Career Award of the Society for Psychotherapy Research, and the Carl Rogers Award from the Division of Humanistic Psychology of the American Psychological Association. He offers EFT training in Scotland, the Netherlands, Belgium, Ecuador and elsewhere. He practices and research on social anxiety.