Emotionally focused therapy (EFT) is a short term psychotherapy approach to work-ing with couples and more recently with families. It is substantially based on the principles of emotion theory and attachment theory. Emotionally focused therapy proposes that emotions themselves have an innately adaptive potential that, if activated, can help clients change problematic emotional states or unwanted self-experiences. Emotions are connected to our most essential needs. They rapidly alert us to situations important to our advancement. They also prepare and guide us in these important situations to take action towards meeting our needs. Clients undergoing EFT are helped to better identify, experience, explore, make sense of, transform and flexibly manage their emotional experiences.
Participants will obtain a clear understanding of the basic experiential and systemic concepts of an “Emotionally Focused” approach to couples therapy. participants will be able to conceptualize couple distress and relationship repair based on theories of attachment and emotion. participants will develop skills in helping partners reprocess the emotional responses that maintain relational distress. Participants will develop skills in helping partners shape new interaction patterns and bonding events. participants will develop skills to overcome therapeutic impasses with couples.
An Externship includes observation of live therapy sessions, presentations of theory and clinical techniques, skills training exercises, and discussion of specific cases, clinical material and issues.
Who should attend?
The externship is recommended to all professionals who counsel couples, including psychiatrists, psychologists, fam-ily physicians, social workers, psychiatric nurses, counsellors, pastors and clergy, and students training in these professions
Participants learn to: See marital distress from an attachment perspective, help partners reprocess the emotional responses that maintain marital distress, shape key new interaction and bonding events, and overcome therapeutic impasses. Participants are strongly en-couraged to read the 2004 book on EFT – Creating Connections, before coming to the externship. Ideally participants will also have viewed the first training tape – Healing Broken Bonds