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Date(s) - 30/04/2015 - 01/05/2015
All Day

The Royal, Associates in Psychiatry Auditorium


Emotion F


Workshop Description

Psychotherapy clients with histories of childhood abuse and complex relational trauma are ubiquitous, and have notoriously high drop-out rates. These clients have been unable to heal past emotional injuries, often have core trust issues, making the therapeutic alliance difficult yet tremendously important, and often have difficulty handling exposure-based therapies, which usually are not designed for attachment related problems. Successful therapy requires helping clients access and explore painful feelings in order to modify maladaptive emotions. Emotion-Focused Therapy for Trauma (EFTT) is based on an empirically-verified model that identifies steps in the process of resolving past relational issues. This model has more than twenty years of research involving clinical trials, observation and analysis of therapy sessions, as well as extensive clinical experience which demonstrates its effectiveness for healing complex trauma.

Day one will begin with material on the nature of complex trauma and the central roles of attachment relationships and emotional processes in the development of disturbance. The workshop then will present the EFTT treatment model and how EFTT addresses central features of disturbance, as well as distinctive features and advantages of EFTT compared to other treatment approaches.  This will be followed by intervention guidelines for the different phases and tasks of therapy.  These include guidelines for cultivating and maintaining a safe and empathic therapeutic relationship, for assessing and responding to core emotional processes (including  avoidance and emotion dysregulation), and for promoting exploration and construction of new meaning.

Day two will focus on strategies (including alternatives to chair-work) and guidelines for helping clients confront trauma feelings and memories (exposure); for reducing fear, avoidance, and shame; and for resolving attachment injuries with specific perpetrators through expressions of anger and sadness.  Numerous videotaped examples will illustrate key therapy processes, and discussion of treatment issues will be encouraged.

Learning Objectives

1.     The nature of complex trauma and the central role of emotional processes in disturbance;
2.     The EFTT treatment model and how therapy addresses central features of disturbance;
3.     Intervention guidelines for the phases of therapy and corresponding therapeutic tasks, including cultivating an empathic therapeutic alliance;  promoting emotion regulation; reducing fear, avoidance, and shame; accessing anger and sadness; and
4.     Interventions to help clients safely confront trauma feelings and memories (with and without chair-work) and construct more adaptive meaning regarding self, others, and traumatic events

Target Audience: Psychologists, Social Workers, Nurses, Psychiatrists, and Other Health Care Professionals, including Graduate Students and Post-doctoral Fellows



Registration and Cost

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Regular Fee: $240
Student Fee: $115

The Royal, Associates in Psychiatry Auditorium
1145 Carling Avenue, Ottawa

More Information:

For more information, please
contact Amy Quinn at
amy.quinn@theroyal.ca or
613.722.6521, ext 6570.
Or visit www.theroyal.ca