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

April 17 - 20, 2018

Emotion-Focused Therapy for Complex Trauma - click here for registration form

May 8 - 12, 2018

May 14 - 18, 2018

August 7 - 11, 2018

August 14 -18 - 2018

October 16 - 19, 2108

November 8 - 11, 2018

November 16 - 18, 2018

November 26 - November 30, 2018

Emotion- Focused Therapy for Complex Relational Trauma (April 17 - 20, 2018)

This four-day training is geared toward practicing professionals with a basic knowledge of Emotion-Focused Therapy. It includes material on the nature of complex trauma and the central role of narrative and emotional processes in the development of disturbance, the EFTT treatment model and how EFTT addresses central features of disturbance. Training also includes numerous videotaped examples illustrating EFTT treatment principles, and supervised peer-skills practice. Practice will focus on the general principles of EFT specifically tailored to the needs of this client group over the phases of EFTT. This includes training in interventions for cultivating and maintaining a safe and empathic therapeutic relationship; for evoking and processing trauma feelings and memories; for reducing fear, avoidance, and shame; for resolving attachment injuries with specific perpetrators through expressions of anger and sadness; and alternatives to chair-work for clients who are unable or unwilling to engage in these evocative procedures.

Trainer: Dr. Sandra Paivio

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Emotion-Focused Level Two Spring Institute (May 8 - 12, 2018)

This five day Institute is designed to continue the development of emotion-focused skills for individual therapy. The enrollment is limited to 20 registrants so that participants get more opportunity to practice and experience advanced work with two-chair cialogue and unfinished business. Instruction focuses on the markers of self-interruption, vulnerability, trauma and alliance ruptures.

Trainers:  Drs. Les Greenberg and Shari Geller

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Emotion-Focused Therapy - Graduate Student Level One Institute (May 14 - 18, 2018)

This 5 day Institute has been designed to meet the needs of clinical graduate students both in terms of content and price. It describes the theoretical underpinnings of emotion-focused therapy and then provides skills based practice in using this approach.

Participants receive in depth skill training through a combination of brief lectures, video demonstrations, live modelling, case discussions and extensive supervised role-playing practice. Supervised role-playing practice will involve supervised experiential practice in which participants learn by working as both a client and a therapist in small groups. 

Completion of this Institute, enables participants to register for the regular EFT Level Two Institute programs.

Trainers:  Drs. Alberta Pos and Sarah Thompson

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Emotion-focused Summer Institutes 2018

The 21th annual Toronto summer Emotion-Focused Institutes (level one & two) will be held in Toronto from August 7 - 11, 2018 (level one) and August 14 -18, 2018 (level two). The workshops will be held at the York University Psychology Clinic, home to the Emotion Focused Therapy Clinic.  Each Institute is now five days in length with one day in the Level One Institute being led by Dr. Jeanne Watson who will focus on enhancing empathy training. Dr. Shari Geller will lead one day within the Level Two Institute which will focus on enhancing therapeutic presence.  The other four days in each Institute will be facilitated by Dr. Les Greenberg.

For more details about this training click here. Please register early as enrollment is strictly limited to 30 participants for Level One (Fee:  $1495.00 CDN) and  20 participants for Level Two (Fee: $1995 CDN).  Registration can be secured in each Institute with a $250.00 non-refundable deposit.  The remainder of the fee will be due in June 2018.

Primary Trainer:  Dr. Les Greenberg

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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. 

Enrollment will be limited to 30 registrants. 

Trainers:  Dr. Joanne. Dolhanty

For more information about the curriculum

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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.

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Fee: $1295.00

Trainer:  Dr. Les Greenberg

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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

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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

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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 4 - day Institutes requires a $250.00 non-refundable deposit due to increased staffing requirements of these sessions. 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.