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The clinic is pleased to announce its 2021 continuing education program for community-based professionals. Description of each Institute and registration forms come after the calendar section.

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

2021 Training Calendar**

DatesTypes of Training Institute
February 16 to 19, 2021Emotion-Focused Skills Training (EFST) for Parents and Families (Videoconference Format)
April 20 to April 23, 2021EFT Level 2 Spring Institute (Videoconference Format)
May 19 to May 21, 2020EFT for Eating Disorders (Videoconference Format)
June 1 and 2, 2021Master Class: Emotion-Focused Therapy for Generalized Anxiety (Videoconference Format)
August 9 to August 12, 2021EFT Level One Summer Institute (Videoconference Format)
August 16 to August 19, 2021EFT Level Two Summer Institute (Videoconference Format)
September 29 to October 2, 2021EFT Fall Level One Institute (format to be determined 2 months before the event)
October 5 to 7, 2021EFT Level 3 - (Videoconference Format)
October 19 to October 22, 2021Emotion-Focused Theory Into Practice (format to be determined 2 months before event)
November 16 to 19, 2021EFT Couples Institute (format to be determined 2 months before event)

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

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

Registration form for EFST Families 2021 [PDF]

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 (wait list only)

Registration form for EFT L2 - Spring Institute 2021 [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.

Registration form for EFT Eating Disorders 2021 [PDF]

EFT is an integrative therapy approach that brings together interventions and concepts from humanistic, experiential, gestalt, and interpersonal theory and practice to work more effectively with clients. It has been found to be effective in the treatment of a number of different disorders including depression, trauma, anxiety and in working with couples. In this workshop the role of EFT in promoting clients’ emotional processing and affect regulation in the treatment of Generalized Anxiety (GAD) will be presented.

The etiology of GAD and case formulation using EFT will be introduced along with different processing markers to guide specific treatment interventions and enhance the development of the therapeutic alliance. Working with clients to resolve negative life experiences and repair their relationships with self and others is essential to the healing process. In this workshop participants will learn how to work with worry in GAD, facilitate changes in clients’ negative relationships with self, cultivate self-compassion and ways of soothing the self when distressed. The use of empty chair dialogues to promote clients’ differentiation, autonomy and self-assertion in relationship with others will be discussed. Participants will learn how to:

  • differentiate specific in-session processes that occur with clients with GAD and how to work with these to promote change and resolution;
  •  attune to clients’ emotional experience moment to moment in the session using verbal and non-verbal markers of clients’ cognitive-affective states.

Specific interventions and ways of working with clients’ emotional pain will be reviewed and illustrated with case vignettes along with facilitated experiential practice.

Prerequisite: EFT Level 1 or demonstrated familiarity with Emotion focused Therapy.

Trainer: Dr. Jeanne Watson

Learn more about Jeanne Watson

registration form EFT Generalized Anxiety Disorder 2021

The 24th annual Toronto summer Emotion-Focused Institutes (level one & two) will be offered through Videoconference format.

LEVEL ONE: August 9 - August 12, 2021

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: $1230.00 wait list only

Registration form for EFT L1 - Summer Institute 2021 [PDF]

LEVEL TWO: August 16 - August 19, 2021

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 - Summer Institute 2021 [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 

Registration form for EFT L1 - Fall Institute 2021 [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 2021 [PDF]

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. Joanne Dolhanty

Fee: $1295.00

Registration form for 2021 EF Theory into Practice [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

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

Registration form - 2021 EFT Couples Institute [PDF]

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.