Workshops

Changing Emotion with Emotion (only conducted on Day 2) by Leslie S. Greenberg, PhD

Methods for changing emotion with emotion will be discussed based on the principles of emotional change. Participants will be presented with detailed guidelines, clinical examples, and empirical support for working with emotions. Participants will also be guided through skill training exercise to practice some of the principles.

Objectives:
1. To learn to identify different types of emotional expression
2. To learn how to intervene differentially with emotion
3. To learn how to access adaptive emotions to produce change
4. To learn skills of changing emotion with emotion

Working with Anxiety Difficulties in EFT by Robert Elliott, PhD

This hands-out workshop on EFT for anxiety difficulties will focus on practical application and skill practice. After an overview of types of anxiety difficulty and humanistic theories of anxiety difficulties, I will emphasize two key tasks in working with this client population: two-chair dialogue for anxiety splits and self-soothing for anguish brought on by chronic anxiety difficulties.

Objectives:
1. To develop an understanding of key theoretical concepts in EFT for anxiety
2. To develop skills for applying two-chair work to anxiety splits
3. To develop skills for facilitating self-soothing for emotional pain/anguish

Self-Criticism and Personality Disorders by Alberta E. Pos, PhD

Clients with borderline and avoidant personality disorders exhibit extreme avoidance and often suffer from self-criticism and self-interruption. These are markers to the EFT therapist for employing two-chair EFT interventions to resolve these self-conflicts. Chair-work can be an important and effective mode of intervention for these populations but only if engaged in effectively. When effective, two-chair work can structure to a client's experience of self, stimulate their meta-cognitive awareness, provide an alive experiences of the processes of polarization and avoidance, attenuate emotional activation, and increase clients' experience of self-coherence. However, clients prone to interpersonal maladaptive cycle (the sin qua non of PDs) often struggle to benefit from, and can have problematic 'stuck points' during two-chair interventions due to emotional deregulation, avoidance, and fluctuating self-states. As such these clients present special challenges to the therapist who engages these clients in two-chair or other evocative EFT interventions. This workshop will discuss how clients with PDs such as BPD and AVPD often respond to 'treatment as usual' (TAU) manualizations of EFT two-chair intervention in unexpected ways requiring the therapist consider additional helpful strategies. This workshop will provide you with a basic framework and guidelines for understanding important markers that more difficult clients provide concerning their capacity to productively engage in chair-work. Markers of readiness to engage in chair work will be outlined. They will be introduced and be made aware of basic principles derived from EFT for couples (EFT-C) can support systemic pre-chair work for the client with BPD who requires emotional scaffolding, or support working through the multiple levels of avoidant coping in the client with AVPD. Participants will also be instructed in and learn general principles for scaffolding the development of clients' self-reflection and emotion regulation.

Objectives:
1. Participants will be able to distinguish on a theoretical level the resilience of the client that EFT case formulation assumes before engaging in active EFT interventions depends.
2. Participants will learn markers of client readiness to engaging in EFT two-chair work.
3. Clients will be introduced to a hierarchical series of two-chair work interventions often evidenced when working with AVPD.

Allowing Emotional Pain and Accessing Self-soothing by Sandra C. Paivio, PhD

Fear and avoidance of painful trauma feelings and memories is a major obstacle to emotional processing and resolving traumatic experiences. In order for clients to re-experience this painful material they must have the internal resources needed to regulate intense emotion and explore meaning. This workshop will present and illustrate the EFTT approach to helping clients reduce experiential avoidance and allow emotional pain stemming from child abuse trauma, and access self-soothing resources. The workshop will present video examples of EFTT with two clients who illustrate different degrees of avoidance and awareness of internal experience.

Objectives:
To illustrate EFTT work with clients with differing degrees of experiential avoidance and access to self-soothing resources.

Emotion-Focused Therapy for Couples by Rhonda N. Goldman, PhD

At the core of the conflicts that couples tell us about in therapy is a great deal of pain. Emotion-focused therapists quickly form an empathic working alliance with couples and begin to work to identify the core negative, maladaptive interactional cycles that are driving painful conflicts. This workshop will address how to diagnose negative cycles that are seen as driving conflict and problems. It will teach participants to facilitate the construction of new, healthier cycles that are associated with emotional bonding and increased marital satisfaction. The workshop will also address how to help couples heal from emotional injuries as well as how to help individuals within couples develop self-soothing. Videotapes of case examples will be used.

Objectives:
1. To identify and explicate the steps of EFT for couples.
2. To help therapists identify core negative maladaptive cycles in therapy.
3. To delineate attachment and identity processes.
4. To explicate the process of self-soothing in couples therapy.