Emotion-Focused Therapy (EFT)

YUPC is pleased to announce that one of the specialty areas within the clinic is Emotion-Focused therapy (EFT). Dr. Les Greenberg, a primary developer of EFT for individuals and for couples and a long standing faculty member at York University, is working with his EFT colleagues within the YUPC to provide state of the art training opportunities for professionals from around the world interested in learning about this evidence based treatment.

In the 2018 calendar of training (listed below) you will notice that the Level 1 and 2 Institutes have been increased to 5 days. Dr. Greenberg will be joined by Dr. Jeanne Watson in the Level 1 Institute where there will be more focus on empathy training.  Dr. Shari Geller will be joining Dr. Greenberg in the Level 2 Institute to give additional training in therapeutic presence.

EFT is based on the findings that have now garnered ample empirical evidence that emotions influence thought and behavior and contrary to the view that the best way to change your emotions is by changing thoughts, EFT proposes that the best way to achieve enduring change in cognition, behavior and interaction is by changing emotion with emotion. EFT has developed methods based on over 30 years of research on how people change in therapy to help people become aware of, express and regulate emotion in order to better tolerate and utilize its offerings, reflect on emotion to make sense of it, and transform it by both accessing alternate opposing emotion and having corrective emotional experiences.

EFT is now recognized as evidence-based treatments for depression as well as couple conflict, and there is also growing evidence of its effectiveness for trauma, interpersonal problems and eating disorders.

To learn more about the EFT clinic, go to the clinic website- click here

2018 Training Program**

October 16 - 19, 2108

November 8 - 11, 2018

November 16 - 18, 2018

November 26 - November 30, 2018

2019 Training Program**

January 23 & January 24, 2019

February 12 - February 15, 2019

March 6 - March 8, 2019

May 22 -  May 25, 2019

July 29 - August 1, 2019

August 6 - August 9, 2019

October 2 - October 5, 2019

October 22 - 25, 2019

  • Master Class in Emotion Focused Skills Training (EFST) for Clinicians - "Theory into Practice" - registration to open end of September

November 7 - November 9, 2019

November 20 - November 23, 2019

 

Emotion-focused Skills Training (EFST) (October 16 - 19, 2018)

The Emotion-focused Therapy Clinic at York University is pleased to announce a new Institute in the skill development package for clinicians interested in emotion-focused therapy. This 4 day training will provide training and guided practice to develop and enhance participant's mastery in utilizing the experiential skills of the Emotion-focused approach to therapy.  For more detailed information about the Institute click here

Enrollment will be limited to 30 registrants.

Trainers:  Dr. Joanne. Dolhanty

Click here for registration form - wait list only

EFT Couples Institute (November 8 - 11, 2018)

This 4 day skills based training insitute will cover the 5 stage, 14 step expanded model of EFT-C focusing on attachment and identity needs and self and other soothing. As an emotion-focused therapy we focus on how to work with emotions such as anger, sadness, fear and shame. Participants will be asked to identify key interactional cycles in their own primary relationships and work on undoing these by accessing their own primary underlying emotions in the training.

 Click here for more information about the program.

Fee: $1295.00

Trainer:  Dr. Les Greenberg

Click here for the registration form 

EFT Level Three Institute  - November 16 - 18, 2018

This 3 day Institute involves supervision and discussion/consultation by Dr. Les Greenberg of cases which each registrant brings. The group will consist of 12 participants and each person will have the opportunity to present one or more video or audio recorded sessions or transcripts of sessions for supervision. In addition issues of application and advanced skills will be discussed and practiced if desire.

Prerequisite: EFT Institutes level one and two

Fee: $1295.00

Click here for registration form.

EFT Level One Fall Institute - November 26 - 30, 2018

This intensive 4 day training Institute provides participants with solid grounding in the skills required to work more directly with emotions in psychotherapy. The focus of the program will be experiential, learning how to provide change in core emotional structures. Participants receive in depth skill training through a combination of brief lectures, video demonstrations, live modelling, case discussions and extensive supervised role-playing practice.

Trainer:  Dr. Les Greenberg

Fee:  $1495

Click here for registration form - - wait list only

Emotion Focused Skills Training (EFST) in Schools - January 23 & 24, 2019

Increasingly, teachers and other school-personnel face challenges in their workdays when dealing with difficult emotional reactions from their students. Neuroscience helps us to understand these challenges by showing us that emotions are the primary motivator of human behaviour.  Emotion Focused Skills Training (EFST) in Schools is an innovative, ultra-simple and quickly effective teacher and school-personnel support program.

EFST is built around the concept of an Emotion-Wise Skill NET to simplify the teaching and learning of emotion skills.

  • Navigate the confusing and often painful world of emotions
  • Enhance motivation to resolve emotional and educational challenges
  • Transform relationships amount teachers, school-personnel, students and parents

Trainers:  Dr. Joanne Dolhanty, Beth McCague and Dr. Patrick Carney

Fee:  $399 (early bird rate until November 1, 2018) then $450.00 - click here for registration form

 

Emotion Focused Skills Training (EFST) for Parents and Families - February 12 - 15, 2019

Emotion Focused Skills Training (EFST) for Parents and Families is an innovative, ultra-simple and quickly effective parent and family support program that facilitates a transformational partnership between families and professionals. EFST supports parents by empowering them as active, primary agents in guiding loved ones of any age through the behavioural, emotional and relational challenges of everyday living and relating, as well as through the challenges their loved ones face when struggling with a mental health issue, a physical health issue, or any other special circumstances including social and educational challenges.

This Institute will teach and train clinicians in the principles and techniques of delivering EFST for parents and families as a workshop or on an individual basis. Many clinicians who have not previously worked with families report finding in EFST a new skill set to support their clients through the challenges they face. The training places strong emphasis on experiential learning and will be highly focused on practice change at all levels of experience. It is therefore suitable for practitioners new to emotion focused training as well as for those with basic or advanced levels of training and experience in the emotion focused therapies.

Note that a background in working with families, parents or children is not required. The structure of EFST that will be taught also has applications to a variety of settings and populations including parents and caregivers, schools, as well as eating disorders, addictions and more.

Trainer:  Dr. Joanne Dolhanty

Fee: $1295.00 click here for registration form

Emotion Focused Therapy for Eating Disorders - March 7 & 8, 2019; preconference workshop on March 6 for registrants unfamiliar with Emotion Focused Therapy

Emotion and its avoidance are central factors contributing to the development and maintenance of eating disorders. Individuals with eating disorders and body image disturbance report difficulty in dealing with painful, negative emotions. Body image disturbance and eating disorder symptoms displace those negative emotions onto the body, suspending the individual in a vicious cycle where, for example, pursuit of thinness can be seen as the only means of feeling better. How to soften the harsh internal critical voice of these individuals, alter the internal dialogue of body self-loathing, and interrupt the vicious cycle of symptoms and their impact, have presented a major challenge to clinicians working in this area.  Emotion Focused Therapy provides specific techniques for breaking into this closed cycle as well as for enhancing intrinsic motivation for change. This workshop will offer:

  • Rationale for using EFT in treating EDs
  • Instruction in Emotion Focused Therapy techniques as applied to Eating Disorders
  • Application of emotion focused techniques to enhance motivation for recovery
  • Illustrative clinical vignettes
  • Experiential practice

This training will consist of three days in total. The first day will be a Primer on Emotion Focused Therapy. The following two days will be the EFT for Eating Disorders MasterClass. Participants with no previous training in EFT must attend the Primer in order to attend the MasterClass. Those with prior EFT training may also attend the Primer as a review and refresher if they wish.

The training places strong emphasis on experiential learning and will be highly focused on practice change at all levels of experience.

Trainer:  Dr. Joanne Dolhanty

Fee: $695.00 for 3 days; $495.00 for 2 days - click here for registration form

Master Class in Emotion Focused Skills Training (EFST) for Clinicians "Theory into Practice" October 22 - 25, 2019

This four-day training will provide training and guided practice to develop and enhance participants’ mastery in utilizing the experiential skills of the Emotion Focused approach to therapy. It is an emotion-processing, skills-based approach built around the concept of an Emotion Focused Skill NET to structure the teaching and learning of emotion focused skills.

The Emotion Focused Skill NET

Navigate Emotions – Enhance Motivation – Transform Relationships

1. Navigate the world of emotions and develop self-efficacy in working with emotion

2. Enhance motivation-to-change with emotion focused techniques

3. Transform relationships with emotion focused tasks

Skills in each component will be broken down to micro-skills to facilitate learning and mastery. This training will be presented as a MasterClass, with a strong emphasis on experiential learning and highly focused on practice change. It is only suitable for those with previous emotion focused training and experience.

Note that EFST has applications to a variety of settings and populations including individual and group therapy; supporting and training parents and families; enhancing personal growth; teaching emotion focused skills in schools; as well as training supervisors and trainers.

Trainer: Dr. Joanne Dolhanty

Fee:  $1295.00 - registration to open by end of September 2018

 

**   York University Psychology Clinic reserves the right to cancel any registration at its sole discretion, in which case a full refund will be provided.

Cancellation Policy for 1 - 2 day training events

When cancellations are made more than 14 days prior to the workshop date, you have a choice: receive a refund (less $50.00 administration charge) or a credit for the full amount (less $20.00) to any future York University Psychology Clinic (YUPC) workshop.

If cancellation is received fewer than 14 days prior to the workshop date you will receive a credit (less $50.00 administration charge) to any future YUPC workshop.

We regret that a refund/credit cannot be offered if your cancellation is not received at least one full business day prior to the day of the workshop. Alternatively, a colleague may attend in your place at no extra cost. Please notify us in advance of the name of the person attending.

Cancellation Policy for 3 or 4 -day Institutes

The 3 & 4- day Institutes requires a $250.00 non-refundable deposit. These non-refundable deposits are not transferable, unless we are able to fill the vacancy created by the change in plans.

When cancellations are made 28 days prior to the workshop date, you have a choice: receive a refund (less the $250.00 non-refundable deposit)or a credit towards a future Institute.

We regret that a refund/credit cannot be offered if your cancellation is received with fewer than 28 days notice prior to the workshop date.