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The clinic is pleased to announce its 2022 continuing education program for community-based professionals. Description of each Institute and registration forms come after the calendar section. We are pleased to offer two Institutes for graduate students - individual therapy and couples therapy.

Due to the uncertainty of when the clinic will be able to open for in-person training, the sessions taking place in the late winter and spring will be held through videoconference format. Decisions regarding the summer institutes and some of the fall programs will be made with at least 2 months' notification.

2022 Training Calendar**

DatesTypes of Training Institute
March 18, 19, 25, 26, 2022EFT for Couples Training Institute for Graduate Students (Videoconference Format)
April 19 to April 22, 2022EFT Level 2 Spring Institute (Videoconference Format)
May 4, 5, & 6, 2022EFT for Eating Disorders (Videoconference Format)
May 9 - 12, 2022EFT Level 1 Institute for Graduate Students  (Videoconference Format)
August 17 to August 20, 2022EFT Level One Summer Institute (Format to be determined in spring 2022)
August 23 to August 26, 2022EFT Level Two Summer Institute (Format to be determined in spring 2022)
September 21 to September 23, 2022EFT Level 3 (Videoconference Format)
October 11 to 14, 2022EFT for Complex Trauma  (Format to be determined in the summer 2022)
October 18 to October 21, 2022Emotion-Focused Skills Training for Parents and Families (Videoconference Format)
November 9 to 12, 2022EFT Fall Level 1 Institute (Format to be determined in early Fall)
November 16 to 19, 2022EFT for Couples Institute (Format to be determined in early Fall)

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

This 4-day Training Institute provides graduate student registrants with in-depth skills training in couples therapy through didactic lecture, video demonstration, and experiential role-playing practice. The workshop will cover the 5 stage, 14 step expanded model of EFT-C (Greenberg & Goldman, 2008), focusing on work with attachment and identity needs as well as self and other soothing. Registrants will learn the skills necessary to facilitate the transformation of negative interactional cycles toward the creation of more positive, virtuous cycles. In addition, this workshop will also cover working with emotional Injuries, forgiveness and betrayal.

Agenda for the 4 day EFT-C Institute

Trainers: Drs. Alberta Pos and Rhonda Goldman

Registration form for Graduate Student EFT-C

This four-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 dialogue and unfinished business. Instruction focuses on the markers of self-interruption, vulnerability, trauma, and alliance ruptures.

Trainers: Drs. Les Greenberg ( Days 1, 2, 4) and Serine Warwar (Day 3)

Fee: $1570.00

Registration form for EFT L2 - Spring Institute 2022 [PDF]

Emotion and 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, the 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 a strong emphasis on experiential learning and will be highly focused on practice change at all levels of experience.

Trainer: Dr. Joanne Dolhanty

Fee: $200 for EFT primer day; $495 for two day Master Class

Registration form for EFT Eating Disorders 2022 [PDF]

This 4 day programme will give graduate students 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 produce change in core emotional structures.  Participants receive in depth skill training through a combination of brief lectures, video demonstrations, live modeling, and case discussion and supervised role-playing practice.

More specifically participants will:

  • Receive an overview of the theoretical basis for EFT
  • Learn about adaptive and maladaptive emotional processes
  • Identify in-session markers underlying particular emotional processing difficulties
  • Develop skills (e.g., chair work) for reducing fear, avoidance, and shame, and working with anger at violation and sadness at loss.

Trainers: Drs. Alberta Pos and Serine Warwar

Registration form for 2022 EFT Level 1 Graduate Students

The 25th annual Toronto summer Emotion-Focused Institutes (level one & two) will be offered through Videoconference format.

LEVEL ONE: August 17 - August 20, 2022

This intensive 4-day training Institute provides participants with a 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 a change in core emotional structures. Participants receive in-depth skill training through a combination of brief lectures, video demonstrations, live modeling, case discussions, and extensive supervised role-playing practice.

EFT Level One Content [PDF]

Trainers: Drs. Les Greenberg (Days 1, 2, & 4) and Serine Warwar (Day 3)

Fee: $1445 in person; $1230 videoconference (format to be decided in early summer)

Registration form EFT 2022 Summer Level 1 Institute

LEVEL TWO: August 23 - August 26, 2022

This four-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 dialogue and unfinished business. Instruction focuses on the markers of self-interruption, vulnerability, trauma, and alliance ruptures.

Trainers: Drs. Les Greenberg ( Days 1, 2, 4) and Serine Warwar (Day 3)

Fee: $1845 in person; $1570 videoconference format (format to be decided in early summer)

Registration form for EFT L2 - Summer Institute 2022 [PDF]

This 3-day Institute involves supervision and discussion/consultation by Dr. Les Greenberg of cases that 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

Registration form for EFT L3 - Fall Institute 2022 [PDF]

This four-day training is geared toward practicing professionals with a basic knowledge of Emotion-Focused Therapy (e.g., EFT Level One). 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.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. The purpose is to:

  1. Develop core and advanced skills and techniques to build self-efficacy with recognizing, exploring, and utilizing emotion, emotion markers, and emotional processes.
  2. Develop and expand emotion-focused chair skills to enhance motivation-to-change and facilitate transformation.

Skills will be broken down into micro-skills to facilitate learning and mastery. This training places a strong emphasis on experiential learning and will be highly focused on practice change at all levels of experience.

Trainer: Dr. Sandra Paivio

Fee: $1445 in person; $1230 videoconference format (format to be decided in late summer)

Registration-form-EFT-for-TRAUMA-2022.pdf

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 training 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.

Trainer: Dr. Joanne Dolhanty

Fee: $1100.00

Registration form for EFST Families 2022 [PDF]

This intensive 4-day training Institute provides participants with a 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 a change in core emotional structures. Participants receive in-depth skill training through a combination of brief lectures, video demonstrations, live modeling, case discussions, and extensive supervised role-playing practice.

EFT Level One Content [PDF]

Trainers: Drs. Les Greenberg (Days 1, 2, & 4) and Serine Warwar (Day 3)

Fee: $1445.00 in person; $1230 videoconference format (format to be decided in early fall)

Registration form for EFT L1 - Fall Institute 2022 [PDF]

This 4-day skills-based training institute 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.

EFT Couples Institute Description [PDF]

Fee: $1295.00

Trainer: Dr. Serine Warwar

Registration form EFT-C 2022

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.

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. Please note, that if registration payment is transferred it is only transferable once.

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.