Foundations of Emotion-Focused Therapy

Fall 2021

The fall Foundations course will be held in-person!

Emotion-Focused Therapy is a modern, empirically supported approach that, as its name suggests, focuses directly on emotion. It is an integration, refinement, and further development of Person-Centered Therapy and Gestalt Therapy, is grounded in a contemporary theory of emotion, and is informed by decades of research.

This course will introduce participants to EFT’s emotion theory, which provides for both a moment-by-moment emotional process diagnosis, and a map of treatment from initial presentation to the conclusion of therapy. Along with emotion theory, this course will introduce clinicians to a large number of fruitful ideas and insights which EFT has synthesized from the humanistic tradition.

In addition, participants will learn & practice a highly differentiated suite of interventions designed to access and process emotions. In a cumulative sequence of focused, experiential exercises, participants will observe, offer, receive and discuss these interventions.

Meetings will include: Lectures on EFT theory; live & video demonstrations of interventions; small & large group experiential exercises; small and large group discussions.

What: A foundational course on the theory and most basic interventions of Emotion-Focused Therapy.

When: Wednesdays, from 9am to 12:15pm, Fall 2021

  • 9/8/21, 9/15/21, 9/22/21, 9/29/21, 10/6/21
  • 10/13/21, 10/20/21, 10/27/21, 11/3/21, 11/10/21,
  • 11/17/21, 12/1/21, 12/8/21, 12/15/21, 12/22/21

Where: 95 High Street, Suite 207, Portland, Maine.

Who: For Counselors and therapists who wish to add Emotion-Focused interventions to their repertoire.

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Topics include:

Meeting 1: Clearing a Space, Introduction to EFT Emotion Theory 

Meeting 2:  Attending, Symbolizing, Focusing

Meeting 3: Empathic Attunement, Congruence

Meeting 4: Basic Empathic Responding (Empathic Reflection, Following Responses, Empathic Affirmation)

Meeting 5: Basic Empathic Responding II, Emotion Regulation

Meeting 6: Introduction to Empathic Exploration, The Empathic Conjecture

Meeting 7: Vocal Patterns, Differentiation, The Exploratory Reflection

Meeting 8: Depth of Experiencing, The Evocative Reflection

Meeting 9: Productive Emotional Processing, The Exploratory Question, Agency

Meeting 10: Retroflections, The Process Observation

Meeting 11: The Gestalt Experiment, The Process Suggestion

Meeting 12: Self-Interruption, Empathic Refocusing, Acceptance

Meeting 13: Experiential Presence, The Process Disclosure

Meeting 14: The Experimental Formulation

Meeting 15: Consolidation & Review

Learning Objectives

By the end of the 15 meetings, participants will be able to:

  • Contrast the four types of emotions found in EFT Emotion Theory: Primary Adaptive Emotions, Primary Maladaptive Emotions, Secondary Emotions, and Instrumental Emotions.
  • Describe each of EFT’s experiential response modes: Basic Empathy, Empathic Exploration, Process Guiding, and Experiential Presence. They will be able to classify diverse interventions within this system.
  • Distinguish the constituent elements of Productive Emotional Processing: Attending, Symbolizing, Regulation, Accepting, Differentiation, Congruence, and Agency.
  • Differentiate a dozen distinct categories of humanistic interventions designed to access & process unprocessed emotion.

What this course is NOT: This course does not cover EFT Markers and Therapeutic Tasks; rather, it covers micro-interventions that lead up to, and are often included within, tasks. Markers and tasks are introduced in EFT Level 1. This course is also not Sue Johnson’s attachment-focused model of EFT.

Early Bird Registration (until August 31, 2021):

  • Pre-Licensed Clinicians (i.e., students or conditionally licensed): $675
  • Independently Licensed Clinicians: $750

Regular Registration (After April 23, 2021):

  • Pre-Licensed Clinicians (i.e., students or conditionally licensed): $750
  • Independently Licensed Clinicians: $900

A certificate of 45 Contact Hours will be provided upon completion of the program. 

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Maximum of 9 Participants.