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

At the Foot of Ben Lomond: Ardess Hidden History Walk

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Almost two years ago, we spent a lovely afternoon exploring Sallochy, on the east side of Loch Lomond (see: ).  Today we returned to this area, driving a bit further up the same road, to Rowardennan, best known as the trailhead for the climb up Ben Lomond.  Climbing Ben Lomond is definitely on my list of things to do before I leave Scotland (whenever that turns out to be); however, today was more of a preparatory scouting expedition, so instead we did shorter walk around Ardess, at the foot of the mountain. 

Ardess is now a cluster of buildings, including a youth hostel and ranger station, where we picked up a copy of the map for a fascinating archeological walk through the scattered ruins of the 18th century village of Ardess (“high water” in Scots Gaelic, referring to the lovely waterfall in the photo), on the slopes above the modern structures.  There we saw first the remains of traditional “rig and furrow” agriculture, in which crops were grown on ridges alternating with shallow drainage ditches.  Then as we progressed up the trail we started seeing the foundation stones of traditional houses (on which wooden or sod structures with thatched roofs were built) and we followed the upper dyke (stone wall) separating farming from grazing land use.  There was even the ruin of a smelter shack used for refining “bog iron” (which we saw greasy-looking orange traces of at one point along the path).  And far above us, there was the ridge of the trail leading to the top of the ben, and the mountain itself, while across Loch Lomond we could see the village of Inverbeg.

It was a lovely afternoon, as we enjoyed the last of the Indian Summer we’ve been having in Scotland.  Nevertheless, as we progressed from one ruin to another, I remembered the village of Wester Sallochy, which we had seen two years ago, just down the road.  Those ruins were more recent, from the 19th century, and much more intact than what we saw today.  At the same time, however, both places filled me with a sense of melancholy that both of these places had once contained the life of lively lives living there but now vanished.  As TS Eliot wrote in East Coker:
            “The dancers have all gone under the hill”

In the case of Ardess, I was left with something a bit more than melancholy:  it was the Scots Gaelic-speaking Celtic people who were driven off the land by wealthy landowners, in an act of what we today would call ethnic cleaning, and the land was then used for raising sheep and hunting deer and other game animals.  So Ardess is another piece of Scottish historical trauma, which even today echoes in the hearts of the people of Scotland.