Pre-Conference Workshop
Emotion-Focused Therapy: Fundamentals and Practice

Introduction to Emotion-Focused Therapy by Maggie Wai Ling Poon, PsyD

This presentation will start with an emotion theory, including the functions and types of emotion. Key principles of Emotion-Focused Therapy such as emotion awareness, emotion expression, and emotion regulation together with basic concepts of marker-guided intervention will be introduced.

Practicing Emotion-Focused Therapy (Individual) in Local Elderly Service by Ms Elsie Lam

This presentation will focus on the practice of EFT in local elderly service. Various emotions in aging will be touched on and the role of emotion regulation in affecting the fulfillment of developmental tasks (integrity vs. despair) will be reflected. The important role of an empathically attuned relationship in the helping process will be shared. The flexible application of various tasks (chair-work, Systematic Evocative Unfolding, etc) of EFT in working with Chinese elderly people will be covered through case illustration. Finally, the difficulties and limitations of applying EFT in local elderly service will be shared.

Applying Emotion-Focused Therapy in Young AdultXThe Arriving and the Leaving by Mrs. Selina Leung

This presentation will be focused on the application of EFT among the young intellectual adults in a university setting. Various therapeutic tasks and the processing of the therapy will be illustrated through different cases. Also the strengths and limitations as well as some of the characteristics working among this client group will be highlighted.

Emotion-Focused Couples TherapyXWorking with Emotions in Couples with Affairs by Mr. Jay Tse

The occurrence of extramarital affair can have devastating impacts on the integrity of marriage and on the partners' emotions and self worth. The partners would experience violation of one's own values, shattered dreams, damaged views of the other, disruption of secure bond, and feelings of betrayal, rage, powerlessness, victimization, and abandonment. Anger, shame, fear and sadness are the major emotions that emerge after the affair in couples. This presentation will focus on enhancing deeper understanding of and how to work with these key underlying emotions that drive the conflicts in the couples. Discussion will include how to work with the couples negative, escalatory interactional cycles that become entrenched after the affair. The underlying maladaptive emotional cycles in the couple relationship and blocks to emotion responsiveness will also be addressed. It will further discuss emotion-focused interventions and steps in facilitating other-soothing, emotion regulation, and alternative emotion processes in couples for transforming their marital bonds.

EFT and Parenting Education - Being an Emotion Coach for Child Development by Mrs. Maria Kong

Emotion expression is a fundamental communication that serves to regulate social interaction. This presentation is based on EFT theory that introduces the types of emotion for coaching child development. Through the use of Empathy Attunement and Moment by Moment Skills, parents are made aware of the role of affect regulation for meeting basic needs (e.g. attachment and identity and achieving intimacy). Moreover, this presentation will explore how "self-interruptive split" is formed during childhood. Self-interruptive split is one of the markers of EFT in which certain areas of ones self interrupts or constricts emotional experience and expression. Cases will be used to illustrate the use of EFT in the local context during the presentation.