Monday, April 25, 2016

Emotion-Focused Psychotherapy 2016 Level 1 Training, University of Strathclyde 30 Aug - 2 September 2016


Emotion-Focused Psychotherapy
2016 Level 1 Training
Tuesday 30 August – Friday 2 September 2016, 
09.30 – 17.00
Venue:  University of Strathclyde, Glasgow

Facilitated by Robert Elliott and Lorna Carrick

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 eleventh 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 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 emotion, 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.

  • This is the only official Emotion-Focused Therapy level 1 training offered in the UK. 
  • This course could be taken for continuing professional education credit.

Cost: On or before 15 July 2016: £445; after 15 July 2015: £495
In order to keep costs to a minimum, catering is not included.

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Contact: or 0141-444 8415 for further information on this training, the facilitators, ways of applying for this course or other APT events



Les Greenberg to present 2-day EFT workshop in London 31 May - 1 June

Les Greenberg is going to be presenting a 2 day EFT workshop in London 31 May - 1 June:

Emotion-focused therapy: The transforming power of affect.

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Saturday, March 26, 2016

Where Can You Find the Supplemental Materials for the Learning Emotion Focused Theory (2004)?

When the new website was set up about a year ago, the supplemental materials for Elliott et al. (2004), Learning Emotion Focused Therapy were supposed to be transferred over to it; however, it has turned out not to be possible to do this so ar, due to lack of technical expertise, at least until we get a webmaster.  In the meantime, here is link to a zip file with all the supplemental materials in it: Dropbox file containing Learning Book supplemental materials

You'll need to unzip the file, which will generate a folder with all the supplemental materials in Word documents by chapter.  Not an elegant solution but hopefully it will make this material available in the meantime until we can do better.  It would be helpful is someone would let me know they have a problem with any of this.

Friday, March 25, 2016

Good Friday at St. Mary's from the Point of View of Mary of Nazareth

Today, 25 March, is both Good Friday and also the date for the Feast of the Annunciation, being 9 months before Christmas. This hasn't happened since 1951 (when I was a 10-month-old baby) and won't happen again until 2046.

Today, for the traditional noon-to-3pm Good Friday service at our church, St. Mary's Episcopal Cathedral in Glasgow, our two priests (technically provost and vice-provost) Kelvin and Cedric decided they'd look at the Crucifixion from Mary's point of view. After all, she was the person who knew Jesus best.

So what we did for 3 hours was to journey with Mary through the story of all that she had gotten herself into, when -- in the words of the lovely John Bell song that we ended with -- she said at the Annunciation to the Archangel Gabriel: "Tell God I say yes".

Somehow, this was the most moving Good Friday service I've ever been to.   I had many thoughts during and after, as I walked home down a busy Great Western Road, among them:  The different chapters of this story, all of which we peeked into during our pilgrimage to the Holy Land last year, especially Mary's little underground room that we saw at the Basilica of the Annunciation in Nazareth, the high point of our pilgrimage the Holy Land last May; also my mother's fascination with Mary and the Goddess and her own spiritual journey, and my own connection to that.  But more than anything, the meaning of the word, "Yes!": what it means to take that leap of faith, to give oneself to another person, to a principle, to God, to the Universe.
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Thursday, March 03, 2016

Bill and the Toledo to Santa Cruz Move

Although our main home continues for now to be Scotland, for the past 9 and a half years we have maintained a house in Toledo, Ohio, as our US base.  In the meantime, our children finished university in Cleveland and went on to other parts of the US, leaving our old house as a kind of orphan. 

About a year ago, however, we decided it was time to think about getting rid of the Toledo house and moving our US base to Santa Cruz, California. Since last April, we have made five trips to sort through the possessions that we left behind when we moved to Scotland.  We gave away at least half of our books and all of our music CDs; we decommissioned 6 old computers and confidentially shredded psychotherapy data sets; we persuaded our children to return to the family home to sort through their boxes of old toys and school papers; and so on and so on. 

Two days ago, I arrived in Toledo from Scotland, with 13 hours of accumulated jet lag, having only two days before that flown back from Singapore.  There I joined Diane, who had been here for a week doing final sorts and packing.  We spent a very long day yesterday scouring the house from top to bottom looking for things we’d missed (these were numerous and sometimes surprising) and packing these up.  We finished up about 9:30 pm.

This morning, 12 hours later, Bill Frizzell and his bearded crew showed up to take the 100+ boxes and load them onto their enormous moving van, which he parked like a supertanker on our little street in suburban Toledo. Bill, who is driving our stuff to California along with 4 other loads, turns out to also be a former music minister and an occasional country singer, full of stories and at least one very nice song, which he pointed me to: . (Also, a song called "Shake Your Head", which he said has been popular in Scotland, even Radio Clyde, backed by his autistic nephew on drums and guitar.) He even stopped to help my neighbor whose tire was almost flat. From a European perspective, this might sound so working-class middle America as to almost be cliche, except that it felt wonderful. Somehow, I feel like our stuff, not particularly valuable but full of memories precious to us, is in good hands. 

Monday, October 05, 2015

Request for participants in online survey study on the Personal Questionnaire

Have you used the Personal Questionnaire, a 10-item client-generated individualised outcome questionnaire? 

As part of a master’s project in Clinical and Health Psychology at the University of Évora, we request your participation in survey on experiences of using the Personal Questionnaire. The survey takes about 20 minutes to complete. 

In order to complete the survey, participants must be psychotherapists or counsellors who uses or have used the PQ in their routine clinical practice. The nature of your participation is entirely voluntary and the anonymity and confidentiality of the collected data is guaranteed. The data will be used solely in this research and analyzed statistically, and will help us understand better how people are using the PQ and how to improve its clinical utility.

Here are the links with for the survey:
Portuguese version:
English version:

We thank you in advance for taking part.

Rita Antunes, Célia Sales, Robert Elliott

(For more information on the PQ, see )

Sunday, October 04, 2015

Emotion-Focused Therapy: Masterclasses, Mondays, 9:30-17.00, Jan – June 2016

University of Strathclyde, Glasgow
Facilitated by Professor Robert Elliott & Lorna Carrick
The Emotion-Focused Therapy Masterclass Series is 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, it can serve as a refresher course and enable you to catch up on more recent developments in EFT theory, practice and training.

Each day will feature a mix of EFT Practice Check-in (mini supervisions), brief presentations of specialist material on EFT; video or live demonstrations; in-depth supervision of client work; small group skill practice; and group processing. Emphasis will be on putting EFT into practice and examining blocks to effective practice.  Participants are expected to bring client case material to each session, in the form of either session recordings or process notes.

Sessions can be signed up for either individually or as a six-day package.  All six masterclasses will be day-long Monday sessions, from January to June 2016, and held in the main city centre campus of the University of Strathclyde. This course allows participants the opportunity to work toward the expert-supervision-own-work criterion for EFT-Individual Certification Level A (Completion of Training, 5 hrs) or Level B (Completion of Supervision, 15 hrs) and can also be taken in place of EFT Level 3.
11 Jan
EFT Case formulation:  Case formulation is a rapidly developing topic within EFT. This session will focus on  formulation of key emotion processes and tasks for your clients.  Participants are required to bring client material for case formulation work.
15 Feb
EFT Task Review: After EFT Practice Check-in and a review of the main EFT tasks, much of the rest of this session will consist of small group skill practice, as well as supervision.  Bring in material from clients who puzzle you regarding what task to work on!
14 March
EFT for Anger: EFT is particularly useful for working with anger issues.  In this session we’ll look at the EFT analysis of anger, tasks that work particularly well with anger, and therapist personal issues around anger that can affect how you work with angry clients.  Skill practice and supervision will be emphasised.  Bring in material from your angry clients.
25 April
EFT for Psychological Contact Difficulties:  A recent development for EFT is the incorporation of psychological contact work into EFT, opening up the possibility of using EFT for clients with psychotic, dissociative or autistic processes.  We will focus on the psychological contact task, including videos or live demonstration, supervision of client and small group skill practice.  Bring material from your clients who may dip in and out of psychological contact during sessions; if you don’t work with such clients, bring in material on clients who may be hard to reach in other ways, such as externalising process, silence or emotion dysregulation.
16 May
EFT for Depression: EFT has been shown to be highly effective for helping clients with depression.  In this session I will provide an overview of experiential processes in depression and key EFT tasks in depression, including self-criticism splits, self-interruption, and unfinished business.  The session will include videos or live demonstration, supervision of client work, and small group skill practice.  Bring in material from your depressed clients.
13 June
Therapeutic Difficulties in EFT:  As with all approaches to therapy, relational problems occur in EFT, including ruptures between client and therapist.  In this session, I present an overview of the different types of therapeutic difficulty; a model for processing therapist negative reactions; and key therapist strategies for addressing these difficulties, including both personal work and relational dialogue with clients.  Bring your therapeutic difficulties and dilemmas with clients!
·      Enrolment is set for a minimum of 10 and a maximum of 15.  The balance between supervision and skill practice will depend of number of participants.
·      Course fee: Regular price: Three weeks before each session: Sign up for individual sessions at £95 each or get a discount by registering for the whole series at £500 by 1 December 2015.  Late registration (less than 3 weeks before each session): £120.
·      The course could be taken for continuing professional education credit.

Contact: or 0141-444 8415 for further information on this training, the facilitators, ways of applying for this course or other APT events