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Wednesday, March 05, 2014
Emotion-Focused Therapy Masterclass: Emotion Focused Therapy for Depression: An EFT Approach to Counselling for Depression (CfD)
Friday, 28 March 2014 9:30-17.30
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University of Strathclyde, Glasgow
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Emotion-Focused Therapy has been shown to be highly effective for helping clients with depression. In this session I provide an overview of experiential processes in depression and key EFT tasks in depression, including self-criticism splits, self-interruption, and unfinished business.
From an EFT perspective, depression is all about different kinds of stuckness, and it can be very easy for therapists to become stuck with their stuck clients in their stuck process. A critical point is for the therapist to see depressive stuckness not as something that just happens to the client but instead as something the client does to themselves. At the same time, it is important for therapists not to judge depressed clients for being stuck or bringing about their stuckness, but to offer the different parts of the client genuine empathy and compassion.
Individual sessions of the new Emotion-Focused Therapy Masterclass Series are open to counsellors and psychotherapists (Diploma level or above) who have completed Level Two or Level Three training in EFT. If it’s been a while since you did EFT training, the masterclasses can serve as a refresher course and enable you to catch up on more recent developments in EFT theory, practice and training.
This session will include videos or live demonstration, supervision of client work, and small group skill practice. Participants are encouraged to bring in material from their depressed clients.
· Enrolment is set for a minimum of 6 and a maximum of 15. The balance between supervision and skill practice will depend of number of participants.
· Course fee: £120.
· The course could be taken for continuing professional education credit.
Contact: email@example.com or 0141-444 8415 for further information on this training, the facilitator, ways of applying for this course or other APT events.
Sunday, March 02, 2014
Entry for 1 March 2014:
I've been travelling or working on Saturdays a lot lately, so when a free Saturday finally rolled around this week, we were off east beyond Edinburgh. Even after 7.5 years in Scotland we haven't lost our love of castles, so we thought we'd try Tantallon (accent on the second syllable) Castle. This is a large, dramatic sea castle, dating back to the 14th century and located on a small promontory that juts out into the outer end of the Firth of Forth, with small bays on either side. Rather than the usual rectangular castle with towers at each corner or separate inner keep, it's basically very tall, thick curtain wall, punctuated with three sets of towers, with living quarters tucked just behind or even inside the wall. It was stormed several times (usually unsuccessfully), the last time by Cromwell in 1651. It’s most unusual features are a central tower that features green volcanic rock originally favoured for its shock absorbing ability; and the view of Bass Rock, a mile off shore, a dramatic volcanic plug that is home to thousands of seabirds. Since the weather was surprisingly nice (mixed sun & cloud), there were plenty of visitors, mostly foreign, out to satisfy their hunger for large ancient ruined military-domestic installations.
After that we headed south for Dunbar, arriving in time for visit to the John Muir Birthplace Museum in Dunbar. The conservationist John Muir is practically the patron saint of California, the force behind the American National Park system, founder of the Sierra Club, namesake for countless California parks, public schools and trails. He's not so well known in his native Scotland, but American tourists inspired the citizens of his hometown to refit the house where he was born in 1838. It’s a lovely little museum dedicated to his life, which is presented in a kind of timeline as you progress through its floor, featuring quirkily-presented quotations from his writings. Among other things we learned that there is a sister site in Martinez, Calfornia, not far from where Diane’s mom lives; we resolved to match today’s adventure with a California Adventure to the John Muir Historic Monument on one of our upcoming visits.
Saturday, February 22, 2014
2014 Level 1 Training
Tuesday 26th – Friday 29th August 2014, 09.30 – 17.00
Venue: University of Strathclyde, Glasgow
Emotion-Focused Therapy (EFT) is a humanistic, evidence-based form of psychotherapy/counselling that integrates person-centred and gestalt therapies, with particular relevance to working with depression, trauma, and anxiety difficulties. It has gained international recognition through the work of Les Greenberg, Laura Rice, Robert Elliott, Jeanne Watson, Rhonda Goldman, Sandra Paivio, Antonio Pascual-Leone and others. The Counselling Unit at the University of Strathclyde is again pleased to offer Level One professional training in this approach to qualified counsellors and psychotherapists (Postgraduate Diploma/MSc Level or above).
Now in its ninth year at the University of Strathclyde, this successful, four-day Level One EFT training programme will provide participants with a grounding in the theory and skills required to work more effectively with emotion in psychotherapy. Participants will receive in-depth skills training through a combination of brief lectures, video demonstrations, live modelling, case discussions, and supervised role-playing practice. We will begin with an overview of EFT Emotion Theory, including basic principles and the role of emotion and emotional awareness in function and dysfunction; this will be illustrated by Focusing-oriented exercises. Differential intervention based on specific process markers will be demonstrated. Videos of evidence based methods for evoking and exploring emotion schemes, and for dealing with overwhelming emotions, puzzling emotional reactions, painful self-criticism, and emotional injuries from past relationships will be presented.
Participants will be trained in moment-by-moment attunement to affect, and the use of methods for dialoguing with aspects or configurations of self and imagined significant others in an empty chair. This training will provide therapists from person-centred, psychodynamic, cognitive-behavioural and related backgrounds an opportunity to develop their therapeutic skills and interests, and provides the first step toward certification as an EFT therapist.
Cost: Before Tuesday 1st July 2014: £445 or After Tuesday 1st July 2014: £495
In order to keep costs to a minimum, catering is not included in these costs
Register via our online shop at: http://onlineshop.strath.ac.uk/
Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org or 0141-444 8415 for further information on this training, the facilitators, ways of applying for this course or other APT events
(R. Elliott, EFT Network Note, 22 Feb 2014)
Note: I wrote this EFT fact sheet in response to a query about the interpretation of the Experiential Specificity item on the Person-Centred Experiential Process Scale.
A. Experiential specificity: an important but under-valued aspect of PCE practice in general and EFT in particular.
1. Interest in experiential specificity goes back to Laura Rice’s writings on client experiential processing in the 1970’s, but it is also an important aspect of Focusing
2. Related concepts:
• Differentiation of experience (Rice)
• Pain compass (specify what hurts the most) (Greenberg)
• Emotion scheme elaboration (Elliott)
• Referential activity (=access to sensory vs verbal experience; Bucci)
• Mental imagery (Paivio)
• Metaphor (Sarbin)
3. Helping clients be specific about their experiences helps them to access episodic as opposed to general or script memories
• Episodic memory: autobiographical memory of a specific thing that happened to you (stored in the hippocampus): Making experiences “come alive”
• General or script memory: a type of semantic memory for the kind of thing that typically happens (widely distributed in the neocortex)
• Low levels of episodic as opposed to script memory are common in depression
4. Experiential specificity is theorised to be helpful because it helps people:
• Access and reflect on implicit aspects of their experiences, such as subtle triggers in situations
• This allows them to step back from (become disembedded from) their usual ways of experiencing themselves and others, which in turn allows them to consider alternative ways of experiencing self/others
• They thus have better access to and become more fluid and flexible in their experiencing
5. Emotion scheme model and experiential specificity:
• The opposite of experiential specificity is purely conceptual processing
• Can specify the other emotion scheme domains: especially situational-perceptual; bodily expressive; felt emotion; even action tendency
6. Differentiation of emotions: eg, bad => angry => boiling
• Exercise: see how many different words for anger (and different kinds of anger) you can come up with.
B. Specificity in different therapeutic tasks:
1. Focusing: checking with the felt sense; getting the symbolic representation exactly right; rejection of simple emotion labels
2. Narrative retelling: re-experiencing episodic memories; locating
3. Systematic Unfolding: scene building, differentiating the experiential reaction; specifying the salient stimulus/trigger
4. Two Chair work: Specify the criticisms; differentiate the emotional response
5. Empty Chair Work: Imagine the other concretely
6. Clearing a space: specify the things that are keeping you from feeling good right now
C. Examples of experientially specific responses:
• Can you think of a specific time when you felt this way/when that happened?
• What are/were you experiencing right at this/that moment?
• What did you notice (situational-perceptual)? What was going on in your body? What did you feel inside? What were you thinking to yourself just then? What did you need/want to do?
• What do you mean by “bad”?
• What kind of sadness is that?
• What is/was the worst (scariest) part of that? What hurts the most?
• What is/was that like? (=metaphor inquiry)
• Take me back into that moment with you, like it was a movie.
• There you were…
• [In chairwork: Imagine him/her right there. How do they look? What are they wearing? What expression do they have on their face? How are they holding themself?]
D. Except from PCEPS-10: Iterm 3. EXPERIENTIAL SPECIFICITY:
How much does the therapist appropriately and skilfully work to help the client focus on, elaborate or differentiate specific, idiosyncratic or personal experiences or memories, as opposed to abstractions or generalities?
E.g., By reflecting specific client experiences using crisp, precise, differentiated and appropriately empathic reflections; or.asking for examples or to specify feelings, meanings, memories or other personal experiences.
No specificity: therapist consistently responds in a highly abstract, vague or intellectual manner.
Minimal specificity: therapist seems to have a concept of specificity but doesn’t implement adequately, consistently or well; therapist is either somewhat vague or abstract or generally fails to encourage experiential specificity where appropriate.
Slight specificity: therapist is often or repeatedly vague or abstract; therapist only slightly or occasionally encourages experiential specificity; sometimes responds in a way that points to experiential specificity, at times they fail to do so, or do so in an awkward manner.
Adequate specificity: where appropriate, therapist generally encourages client experiential specificity, with only minor, temporary lapses or slight awkwardness.
Good specificity: therapist does enough of this and does it skilfully, where appropriate trying to help the client to elaborate and specify particular experiences.
Excellent specificity: therapist does this consistently, skilfully, and even creatively, where appropriate, offering the client crisp, precise reflections or questions.
Saturday, January 25, 2014
After a wonderful 2 days of EFT training in Veldhoven, I went out for a run, made wrong turn in Knegsel, a little village west of Veldhoven, got really lost in the rain and dark, before finally finding my back back two hours and 10 miles later, after asking multiple people for directions. Luckily, the little Turkish cafe across the road was still open at 10pm. A pretty exhausting week!
Sunday, January 05, 2014
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Two weeks and a bit in Northern California: First, the amount and quality of the light, so much more and more intense than in Scotland at this time of year, dazzled us. Then, the weather shocked us: clear, no rain, day after day after day, with large daily temperature swings: lows near freezing, highs near 70 most days. California is in its second year of abnormally dry conditions but not yet willing to declare itself in drought: The hills are still as brown as in August: only one maybe two inches of rain so far this season, setting records for least amount of precipitation. (In Murray Creek, my nephew Patrick reported more snow than rain so far.) So it is a terrible beauty, this endless wonderful weather that threatens water-tables and the growing of crops in one the major agricultural regions of the world. If rice or nuts or citrus or vegetables or livestock fail in California, the rest of the world suffers. Groceries will cost more in Glasgow.
Still, it’s been an eventful couple of weeks, with many visits with family and others:
Kenneth (fellow refugee from winter, in his case Iowa) and I went on long, almost epic runs; on one, having missed the main path we struggled 1200 feet up still bicycle trails to the top of Pleasanton Ridge and saw the valley spread out far below us and into the distance.
On the Winter Solstice we drove over the Santa Cruz mountains to celebrate with Willy and his family in Soquel, marking the nadir of the year over a blazing fire bowl in his backyard, with sparklers and the passing of a cup of 18-year Glengoyne Whiskey.
For Christmas, Brendan & Mayumi flew down from Seattle with our grandchildren Mizuki (3½) & Yuki (4 months), who charmed and bemused us. Mizuki affectionately called me “Vampa,” making me think of some sort of affable but spooky hyperparent. On our adventure to Mount Diablo State Park she dragged Kenneth along everywhere, pulling him by the hand, up and down the jumble of sandstone boulders in Rock City; the next day he was sore all over.
On Boxing Day (not celebrated in the US as such but noted as the 2nd busiest shopping day of the year), we made a pilgrimage to Murray Creek. We found the place transformed: Late last August, a goat-herding couple named James and Loraina had fled to Murray Creek to escape the Great Yosemite Fire with their herd of 27 goats and other animals. After four months, the goats had (b)eaten back the encroaching army of star thistle and were well along in bringing the undergrowth under control. During the day we spent there, I visited with Joseph and his kids Ayla and Erhan and helped him with creative parenting; we watched James and Loraina herd the goats hither and thither, assisted by their big and enthusiastic white dog (who terrified Mizuki); we met the lonely llama in the upper pasture, mourning her dead partner and recently-miscarried baby; we walked the labyrinth with Mayumi and Mizuki; Louisa and Natasha blew in from Auburn for an intense visit, gift exchange, and meal. Along the way, we discussed the future of Murray Creek: Do we want to fill both houses with people who can help keep the place up and create a community/collective? What happens when the family wants to visit? Does anyone have a better idea? No one really knows what’s best, but in the meantime, I think it’s great to feel the renewed energy and see what James & Loraina have been able to do.
On the penultimate day of 2013, we went into San Francisco to see the extensive and often-magical David Hockney exhibit at the De Young Art Museum, featuring primarily portraits and landscapes, many quite large or whole-room installations depicting the four seasons in the artist’s native Yorkshire. Marjorie, Kris and I were quite taken by the room with the 4-panel X 16-camera video installation, each wall showing a drive down the same forest road in a different season, as if we were a giant gliding insect with many-faceted eyes, each oriented slightly differently from the rest. (This just made Diane and her mom queasy, so they moved rapidly on.) We’ve been following Hockney’s work since the 1980’s so it was very interesting to see the evolution of this protean artist, to be inspired by his continuing embrace of new technologies, and to appreciate his generative cycling between old and new media.
After a quiet New Year’s Eve, on the first day of the new year we drove down to Paso Robles for a brief visit with Anna, Jim and Luke, to catch up and mark the New Year. Anna treated us to tortilla soup, while we brought each other up to date. Once again, I brought along my bottle of 18-year old Glengoyne whiskey, so we passed the quaich to mark the New Year. The next morning we had patitsa, a favourite Christmas bread from our mother, which led to many reflections on times past.
Now we’re headed east again, for a bit of time in the frigid Midwest, dreading the large new snowfall and record-low wind chills predicted for Toledo over the next few days. It’s been cold and rainy in Glasgow, but two weeks in gorgeous California weather have more than undone the winterizing effects of our previous Scottish conditioning, so now we are about to go, as you might say, Cold Turkey into the depths of Winter.
Looking back, there have been many high points to this visit to California, and it has been a surprisingly busy time. No wonder I still haven’t finished reading that 800-page edited book on Gestalt Therapy that I’m supposed to be writing a book review on!
However, the least expected of this winter’s California Adventures was my visit with Ann Weiser Cornell, who had sent me a message on Facebook when she saw that I was in California. Ann is a well-known and highly talented Focusing trainer whom I’ve known for a while and whose formulations of focusing and self-critical processes I’ve found very useful over the years and particularly with the socially anxious clients I’ve been working with in Scotland for the past 6 years. So it was that on New Year’s Eve, I drove over to Berkeley where I spent several hours of highly enjoyable and stimulating talk. Ann proudly showed me her workshop in a converted warehouse loft space. We talked about training, large groups and all the different people who we knew in the Person-Centred-Experiential therapy world. We discussed her new book, Focusing in Clinical Practice (2013), including the role of focusing in EFT and role of emotion in Focusing (it depends on what you mean by “emotion”). After lunch at one of her favourite cafes, she drove me out to the Berkeley Marina; there we walked out to the end of the pier, where we could see the new Bay Bridge, Alcatraz, the Golden Gate Bridge, Marin and so on, and as we walked we talked about our lives.
On the way back to her office, Ann asked me about my sense of the coming year: Recognizing this as a Focusing question, I paused, reflected, remarked that this was a very appropriate question for New Year’s Eve. Then I said: First, to continue to take care of my health by resisting the push to overwork. Second, to progress my long-delayed book Emotion-Focused Counselling in Action, which Les Greenberg and I have a contract to do. And the, third, surprising myself, to move toward the emerging reality of retiring and leaving Scotland in 2.5 years and eventually (we hope) returning to California.
But before all that, of course, there is a concentrated blast of wintry weather to face. Between the drought of California and the frigid cold of Ohio, I’m pretty sure we will be left feeling very glad to be back to the damp but relatively mild Scottish winter. Lang may oor lums reek!