Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Emotion-Focused Therapy: Level 3 Training Series


Fridays, 9:30-17.00, 25 Nov 2016 – 23 June 17

Venue:  University of Strathclyde, Glasgow
Facilitated by Lorna Carrick & Robert Elliott 

The Emotion-Focused Therapy Level 3 Supervision Series is open to counsellors and psychotherapists who have completed Level Two training in EFT.  This series will consist of 7 day-long Friday sessions over a 8-month period and held in the main city centre campus of the University of Strathclyde.  The format will primarily focus on supervision of recorded therapy sessions, supplemented as appropriate with brief lectures, experiential practice exercises in small groups, and discussion.  Emphasis will be on putting EFT into practice and examining blocks to effective practice.
 
Session               
Tentative Topics:
25 Nov 2016
Organizational; Case monitoring (Robert & Lorna)
27 Jan 2017
Supervision; Case formulation (Robert)
24 Feb 2017
Supervision; the Alliance formation task (Lorna)
24 March 2017
Supervision; Anxiety Splits (Robert)
28 April 2017
Supervision; EFT Dreamwork (Lorna)
19 May 2017
Supervision; Eating difficulties (Lorna)
23 June 2017
Supervision; EFT & fragile process (Lorna)

·      Course fee:  Until 25 October 2016: £555; after that: £605
·      The course could be taken for continuing professional education credit.
·      This course is designed to help participants work toward EFT-Individual Completion of Training Certification; however, some additional individual supervision may be required for that.

For more information and online booking and payments go to the following link:  http://onlineshop.strath.ac.uk/browse/product.asp?catid=45&modid=2&compid=1 

Contact: jan.bissett@strath.ac.uk or 0141-444 8415 for further information on this training or to sign up for it.

Emotion-Focused Therapy: Level 2 2016-17 Workshop Series


Three Friday-Saturday Workshops, 9.30-16.30:
4-5 Nov 2016; 3-4 Feb 2017; 12-13 May 2017
Venue:  University of Strathclyde, Glasgow
Facilitated by Professor Robert Elliott and Lorna Carrick
University of Strathclyde 

The Counselling Unit at the University of Strathclyde is pleased again to offer further training in Emotion-Focused Therapy (EFT) for counsellors and psychotherapists (Diploma level or above) who have completed Level One training in EFT and have had previous empathy training (see below).  This series follows a schedule of three two-day Friday-Saturday sessions spread over the 2016-17 academic year, beginning in November, to allow participants to begin to implement EFT in their client work in the course of the training.  The format will be a mixture of brief lectures, videos or demonstrations, experiential practice exercises in small groups, and discussion.

The specific topics to be covered will feature material not covered in the Level 1 course, including
·      Therapist experiential response modes
·      EFT client case formulation and modes of engagement
·      The EFT adaption of Focusing
·      Relational Dialogue for Alliance difficulties
·  Creation of Meaning for meaning protests & Narrative retelling of difficult or traumatic experiences

In addition, different forms of Chairwork will be particularly emphasized:
·    Two chair conflict split work for: self-criticism, self-interruption, and self-damaging activities
·      Empty chair work for unfinished business
·      Compassionate Self-soothing for painful self states
 
  •  Enrolment is set for a minimum of 15, with variable staffing to accommodate up to 30.
  • The course could be taken for continuing professional education credit.
  • This course is part of Level A Completion of Basic EFT Training, recognised by the International Society for Emotion-Focused Therapy (ISEFT)
  • Previous empathy training requirement: In accord with ISEFT training guidelines, participants must have had a prior training in a humanistic-experiential psychotherapy (such as person-centred, focusing-oriented or gestalt therapy) or undertake the Advanced Empathic Attunement Workshop before commencing EFT Level 2.

Cost: Before Monday 1stOctober 2016: £545 or After Monday 1st October 2016: £595
In order to keep costs to a minimum, catering is not included in these costs
Please send a non-returnable deposit of £50.00 to secure a place if not paying the whole fee at time of booking. Online booking and payments can be made at the following link:  http://onlineshop.strath.ac.uk/browse/product.asp?catid=45&modid=2&compid=1

Contact: jan.bissett@strath.ac.uk or 0141-444 8415 for further information on this training, the facilitators, ways of applying for this course or other APT events


Thursday, September 08, 2016

Advanced Empathic Attunement: A Workshop for Psychological Practitioners


Wednesday 12  – Friday 14 October 2016, 09.30 – 17.00
Venue:  University of Strathclyde, Glasgow
 Facilitated by Robert Elliott and Lorna Carrick 

Therapist empathy is an essential but complex aspect of the practice of counselling and psychotherapy and one of the best-evidenced and most consistent therapeutic change processes.  This three-day training on Advanced Empathic Attunement goes beyond content empathy and basic empathic understanding by offering a general framework for understanding the empathic process and mastering a wide range of empathic responses. These responses reflect developments in Experiential and Emotion-Focused Therapies and offer new possibilities for practice across a wide range of theoretical approaches, including CBT, Psychodynamic and Family/Systemic therapies.

We begin by presenting a set of theoretical frameworks that underpin therapist empathy, including Social Neuroscience, an expanded Empathy Cycle, and the Empathy Channels model.  Most of the workshop will involve skill practice using your personal material, starting with the classic Opening Channels of Receptivity exercise, and progressing through separate sessions on Empathic Resonance, Evocative Empathy, Exploratory Empathy, Empathic Affirmation, Process Empathy, and Empathic Conjecture responses.  Each of these will be clearly described and concretely illustrated by a video or live demonstration, followed by skill practice and self-reflection.

Objectives:

1. Learn how to access and enhance your natural ability to empathically resonate with clients.
2. Be able to locate the range of Empathy Responses within the Empathy Channel framework.
3. Be able to tell the difference between Empathic Affirmation and Evocative Empathy responses and successful use both kinds of response.
4. Be able to use Empathic Exploration responses to help clients explore their unclear experiences.
5. Be able to use Process Empathy responses to help clients become more aware of their in-session process and to deepen relational contact with clients.
6. Be able to use Empathic Conjectures to help clients deepen their experiencing during chair work and at other times in session.

  • This course could be taken for continuing professional education credit.

Cost: On or before 12 September 2016: £245; after 12 September 2016: £295
In order to keep costs to a minimum, catering is not included.
                               Register via our online shop at: http://onlineshop.strath.ac.uk/
Contact: jan.bissett@strath.ac.uk or 0141-444 8415 for further information on this course

Tuesday, September 06, 2016

iSEFT Toronto 2017 Conference Call for Submissions

The second conference of the International Society for Emotion-Focused Therapy (iSEFT) will be held in Toronto, Canada, June 15-18, 2017. This is a conference where anyone interested in EFT can attend to learn about recent developments in Emotion-Focused Therapy and to hear about the latest research.


Jan Stiegler, from the Norwegian Institute for Emotion-Focused Therapy, is the head of the program committee for the conference, has issued a call for submissions for presentations.  He writes: 
"We are especially interested in recent developments in EFT: theoretical developments, clinical developments, research and/or experiences with EFT applied to specific populations. Also, experiences with integrating EFT with other approaches will be welcomed.


There are three types of presentations at the conference; plenary panels, plenary talks, and parallel workshops.


Depending on the submitted abstracts, panels will be set up with a few presenters focused on a common theme, or various facets of a research project. Panels will be 90 minutes in duration with a minimum of 15 minutes for open discussion with audience members. Each panel will have a moderator. In some cases individual plenary talks might be preferred format for presenting. The length of these will normally be 45 minutes.


Workshops are intended to provide exposure or training in specific areas of EFT methods, populations or problems. Workshops could also have clinical presentation of assessment or treatment that is followed by discussion on how to apply the clinical procedures described.


Submissions should include: 
• Name of presenter(s)
• Title of talk, plenary or workshop
• Amount of time requested
• Abstract describing the subject to be presented. 


Please send submissions to me at stiegler@ipr.com or jan.stiegler@gmail.com.

Deadline for submissions is 31st of October, 2016. 

Monday, August 01, 2016

How Much EFT Training do I Need to Begin Using EFT Methods in My Practice?

People sometimes ask me about what kinds of Emotion-Focused Therapy training are offered at the University of Strathclyde and what they do can with different levels of EFT training.   This is of course a matter of degree:
(1) EFT level 1 (4 days) provides an overview of EFT theory and practice and an introduction to the key therapeutic tasks.  Most people find this enough to begin experimenting with EFT tasks, although folks without previous systematic empathy training are more likely to find this frustrating.  At Strathclyde the training group usually consists of 20-30 participants.
(2) Advanced Empathic Attunement (3 days) is a new training now required for folks who want to go on to EFT level 2 and who don't have a previous training in a Person-Centered or other humanistic psychotherapy or counselling.  This provides lots of skill practice in the EFT empathy micro-skills that underlie the more complex EFT tasks, which we hope will mean that they will be much more likely to be successful in continuing to develop proficiency and not get stuck or discouraged. (n = 15 - 30 participants)
(3) EFT level 2 (3 X 2 = 6 days) provides a comprehensive training in the wide range of EFT tasks, and is focused on examining blocks to practice and putting EFT into practice with a wide range of client populations.  It's delivered in 3 X 2 day workshops, which are spaced over the course of an academic year Oct/Nov to May, with lots of skill practice. This completes the basic workshop training in EFT; with the addition of 5 hours of EFT supervision of own practice in either individual or group format it meets criteria for EFT Level A recognition: Completion of Basic EFT Training. (n = 15 - 30 participants)
(4) EFT level 3 consists of 6-7 X 1-day group supervision sessions over the course of a year and is focused on developing proficiency in EFT.  This can be repeated and is where participants really begin to develop proficiency in EFT.  (n = 12 participants)
(5) EFT individual supervision: 16 hours of individual or group EFT supervision of own practice by an approved EFT supervisor is required for Level B recognition: Completion of EFT Supervised Practice.

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Interview on working with Anxiety

Here is a link to a video of me talking about anxiety and in particular Emotion-Focused Therapy concepts of anxiety and how to work with it: http://bcove.me/txhncnr6 .

Sunday, May 08, 2016

Culture of Empathy Interview

Edwin Rutsch, the MC of the website Culture of Empathy and the various activities connected with it, has just published an interview with me about empathy and empathy training.  The video (from the ancient iMac in my office at work) is a bit fuzzy, but I'm pleased to see the interview up on Edwin's website and available at:http://cultureofempathy.com/References/Experts/Robert-Elliott.htm