Tuesday, March 06, 2007

Announcement: Process-Experiential/Emotion-Focused Psychotherapy: 2007 Level One Training

Facilitated by Robert Elliott & Jeanne Watson
Monday 9th – Thursday 12th July 2007
Jordanhill Campus, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow

The Counselling Unit at the University of Strathclyde are delighted to be able once again to offer qualified counsellors and psychotherapists (Diploma level or above) the opportunity to participate in professional training in Process-Experiential/Emotion-focused Therapy. PE-EFT is one of the most vibrant, empirically-grounded and emerging ‘tribes’ of the person-centred and experiential approach, and has gained international renown through the work of Les Greenberg, Robert Elliott, Jeanne Watson and their colleagues.

This four-day programme repeats last year’s highly successful Level One PE-EFT training and will once again provide participants with a solid grounding in the skills required to work more directly with emotion in psychotherapy. Participants will receive an in-depth skills training through a combination of brief lectures, video demonstrations, live modelling, case discussions, and extensive supervised role-playing practice. The workshop will begin with a discussion of basic principles and the role of emotion and emotional awareness in function and dysfunction. Differential intervention based on process diagnosis will be demonstrated. Videotaped examples of evidence based methods for evoking and dealing with overwhelming emotions, emotions in self-criticism, and emotional injuries from the past will be presented and discussed.

Participants will be trained in the skills of moment-by-moment attunement to affect, and the use of methods of dialoguing with parts or configurations of self and imagined significant others in an empty chair. This training will provide therapists from person-centred and related backgrounds with an opportunity to develop their therapeutic skills and interests.

Educational Objectives: Participants on the training programme will learn:
1. To implement the basic principles of PE-EFT
2. To identify different types of emotional expression;
3. When to help clients contain and when to access emotion;
4. How to access adaptive emotions to produce change;
5. To facilitate emotional processing to resolve self-critical splits and unfinished business.

Programme Outline

Monday Morning: Foundations, Emotion, Empathy & Alliance Formation
• Distinctive features of the PE-EFT: neo-humanism & therapeutic principles
• Process-experiential emotion theory: emotion schemes
• Empathic attunement, validation and creating an alliance

Monday Afternoon: Therapeutic Tasks, Focusing on Feelings, Empathic Exploration
• Attachment theory and therapeutic change
• Therapeutic tasks and process formulation
• Empathic exploration, evocative empathy, empathic conjecture
• Empathic exploration as a therapeutic task
• Skills practice

Tuesday Morning: Awareness & Internal Search Processes
• Emotion regulation
• Focusing and Clearing a Space
• Evocative unfolding
• Skills practice

Tuesday Afternoon: Active Expression Processes
• Dialectical constructivist models of self
• Two chair dialogue and splits
• Skills practice

Wednesday Morning: Accessing Primary Adaptive Emotions & Core Problematic Schemes
• Emotion response types & emotional change principles
• Accessing adaptive and problematic emotional responses
• Accessing core problematic emotion schemes
• Empty chair dialogue and unfinished business
• Skills practice

Wednesday Afternoon: Restructuring Core Schemes
• Supporting the emergence of primary needs
• Helping clients use adaptive emotions to challenge core problematic emotion schemes
• Letting go of unmet needs
• Provision of new experiences
• Skills practice

Thursday Morning: Empirical support, Self-soothing & Meaning Creation
• Summary of Research evidence
• Supporting a self-affirming stance
• Promoting new narrative constructions
• Skills practice

Thursday Afternoon: Personalized Applications
• Practical parameters
• Depression, Post-traumatic stress difficulties
• Social anxiety
• Borderline processes
• Skill training
• Contraindications

About the Facilitators

Robert Elliott, Ph.D. Robert is professor in the Counselling Unit at the University of Strathclyde, where he teachers on the postgraduate diploma and MSc courses in Person-Centred Counselling. He taught at the University of Toledo 1978-2006, where he was Professor of Psychology, Director of Clinical Training and Director of the Center for the Study of Experiential Psychotherapy. He has also been a guest professor at Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium, University of Sheffield, UK, and La Trobe University, Australia. He is co-author of Facilitating Emotional Change (1993), Learning Emotion-focused Therapy (2004), and Research Methods for Clinical Psychology (2003), as well as more than 90 scientific papers or book chapters. He is an editor of the journal, Person-Centered Counseling and Psychotherapies and directs the Scottish Consortium for Psychotherapy and Counselling Research and the Strathclyde Centre for Psychotherapy and Counselling Research.

Jeanne Watson, Ph.D. Jeanne is associate professor in the Department of Adult Education, Community Development and Counselling Psychology, at OISE at the University of Toronto, Canada. Dr. Watson was the recipient of the Outstanding Early Achievement Award from the Society for Psychotherapy Research in 2001. She has co-authored and edited several books on counselling practice, including Learning Emotion Focused Therapy, Client-Centered and Experiential Psychotherapy in the 21st Century, Handbook of Experiential Psychotherapy, and most recently Emotion-focused Therapy for Depression (with Leslie Greenberg, 2005). Jeanne conducts research on empathy, depression and psychotherapy process and outcome in PE-EFT. She conducts workshops in PE-EFT and teaches courses in counselling theory and practice to Masters and Ph.D. students in the postgraduate course in Counselling Psychology at the University of Toronto. Dr. Watson maintains a part-time private practice in Toronto.

Application Information: If you would like to reserve a place on this training course, please complete and return the application form overleaf. Places are strictly limited so book early to avoid disappointment.

The fee for this four-day event is £445. Please note that to keep costs to a minimum, catering is not included in this fee. We are pleased to offer an Early Bird Discount of £50.00 to those who book before 20th March 2007. To take advantage of this offer, applications must be received by this date with no exceptions.

For further information on this event, please contact Karen McDairmant, Professional Development Unit on 0141 950 3734 or at karen.mcdairmant@strath.ac.uk.

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