Sunday, February 24, 2013

EFT Level 1 Training Glasgow 2013

Entry for 24 February 2013:

Facilitated by Robert Elliott & Lorna Carrick

Tuesday 27th – Friday 30th August 2013, 9.30 – 17.00
University of Strathclyde, Glasgow
(Sponsored by HASS Research & Knowledge Exchange,
University of Strathclyde)


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 eighth 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 with an opportunity to develop their therapeutic skills and interests, and provides the first step toward certification as an EFT therapist.

Educational Objectives
Participants on the training programme will learn:

1.  To implement the basic principles of EFT
2.  To identify different types of emotional response;
3.  When to help clients contain and when to access emotion;
4.  To help clients reprocess difficult emotions;
5.  To facilitate emotional processing to resolve self-critical splits and unfinished    business.
Programme Outline

Morning Session
Afternoon Session
Foundations, Emotion, Empathy, & Alliance Formation
• Distinctive features of the EFT: neo-humanism & therapeutic principles
• Process-experiential emotion theory: emotion schemes
• Emotion response types & emotional change principles
Therapeutic Tasks, Accessing and Managing Emotion
 • Therapeutic tasks and process formulation
Emotion regulation 
• Focusing and Clearing a Space
• Skills practice
Reprocessing Problematic Experiences
• Empathic exploration, evocative empathy, empathic conjecture
• Evocative unfolding
• Skills practice
Accessing Primary Adaptive Emotions & Restructuring Emotion Schemes; Empirical support
• Empty chair dialogue and unfinished business
• Supporting the emergence of primary needs
• Helping clients use adaptive emotions to challenge core problematic emotion schemes
• Letting go of unmet needs
• Skills practice
•Research evidence for EFT and Humanistic therapies
Active Expression Processes - I
• Dialectical constructivist models of self
• Two chair dialogue and splits
• Accessing adaptive and problematic emotional responses
• Skills practice
Active Expression Processes – 2
• Accessing core problematic emotion schemes
• Varieties of splits
• Adapting two-chair work to different kinds of clients
• Skills practice
Identifying Tasks; Open Marker Work
• Review of tasks
• Strategies for identifying and selecting tasks
• Skills practice
Personalized Applications
• Summary of Research evidence
• Practical parameters
• Application to depression, PTSD, social anxiety, borderline processes
• Question & answer period

About the Facilitators:

Robert Elliott, PhD
Robert is professor in the Counselling Unit at the University of Strathclyde, where he teaches 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 the University of 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 130 published scientific articles or book chapters.  In 2008 he received both the Carl Rogers Award, Division of Humanistic Psychology of the American Psychological Association, and the Distinguished Research Career Award, Society for Psychotherapy Research.  He is editor emeritus of the journal, Person-Centered Counseling and Psychotherapies and directs the Strathclyde Centre for Psychotherapy and Counselling Research. 

Lorna Carrick, MSc
Lorna is a lecturer in the Counselling Unit at the University of Strathclyde. She is the course director for the Postgraduate Certificate in Counselling Skills and teaches on the Postgraduate Diploma in Counselling. Lorna’s background is in mental health and project development and as a founder member of the first Health Board-funded person-centred counselling service in Scotland, Lorna has over sixteen years experience in counselling, supervision and service development within the field of counselling and psychotherapy. Lorna is currently Chair of the Counselling Unit’s management group. Lorna’s research has focused on working with clients in crisis within the Person-Centred-Experiential approach and the use of counselling and Pre-therapy skills in the field of autism services. She has been practicing EFT within a broadly Person-Centred relational approach since 2006, and has also participated as an EFT therapist in the Social Anxiety research protocol of the Counselling Unit’s research clinic.  She is committed to helping counsellors/therapists bridge the perceived gap between EFT and nondirective Person-Centred ways of working with clients and to developing a truly Person-Centred approach to psychopathology.

Application Information
If you would like to reserve a place on this training course, please complete and return the application form overleaf. Places are limited so book early to avoid disappointment.  After 1 March 2013, you can also register and pay online at

The fee for this four-day event has been set at £495. 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 1st July 2013.  To take advantage of this offer, applications and full payment must be received by this date with no exceptions.

For further information on this event and for a copy of the application form, please contact Jan Bissett, HASS Research & Knowledge Exchange (, 0141 444 8415).


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