Seminar Detail

Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT): Evidence-Based Interventions for Your Distressed Couples
Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT): Evidence-Based Interventions for Your Distressed Couples

Where:  FAIRFAX, VA

When:  Wednesday, November 1, 2017 at 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM

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Course Description:

Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) is an empirically validated approach grounded in attachment theory that provides a clear road map for helping partners reconnect, repair and rebuild their bonds (Johnson, 2004).

In this workshop, join EFT trainer Kathryn Rheem, Ed.D., LMFT and colleague of Dr. Sue Johnson and learn a step-by-step procedure for helping couples move from negative patterns of interaction to greater openness and deeper intimacy with each other.

Attachment distress and the resulting arguments between partners is one of the most powerful forces in our clients’ lives. This distress is emotionally disruptive, hard to contain, and unpredictable for clients and clinicians alike.

Emotionally escalated couples are frequently our most challenging clients. Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT), based on adult attachment, offers a clear map to work with and shift escalated couples. Reactive emotion, a hallmark of attachment distress, is fast-moving, hard to contain, and keeps couples stuck in a negative pattern. Accessing and sharing vulnerabilities, a key to creating healthy attachment, can look easy but is challenging. Sharing vulnerabilities with each other creates the bonding moments needed to re-structure their bond.
Objectives:

  1. Communicate “the laws” of human bonding and how they operate in adult love relationships.
  2. Simulate the stages, steps and interventions of EFT.
  3. Articulate the “stuck” places couples encounter that perpetuate negative cycles and emotional disconnection in love relationships.
  4. Instruct couples how to set up new bonding interactions that redefine connection and change working models of attachment.
  5. Assess how to adapt the EFT model to different individuals, including escalated, traumatized, and depressed partners.
  6. Support how the therapist’s style fits with the model or creates blocks in working with emotion and shaping new dances.
OUTLINE

The State of Couple Therapy and the New Science of Attachment
  • The map to basic relationship emotions and needs
  • Understand and contain distance and distress
  • Shaping responsive bonding
  • Understand love relationships – invaluable to the therapist
Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) – the Structure, Moves and Interventions
  • The three stages of EFT
    1. De-escalation
    2. Restructuring Attachment
    3. Consolidation
  • Key change events
Experiential and Systemic Interventions
  • Reflection of emotional process
  • Validation
  • Evocative process questions
  • Deepening and distilling emotion
  • Interpretation - conjecture
  • Reflecting interactions – feedback loops
  • Reframing
  • Shaping enactments
  • Containing enactments that go awry
The Tasks of EFT – Outline, Video Viewing, and Exercises
  • The core tasks of EFT
  • Build an alliance
  • Reprocessing and distilling emotion
  • Choreographing new interactions
Dealing with Difficult and Attachment Injured Clients – Discussion and Exercises
  • Dysregulated, escalated, and shut down, dismissing clients
  • Attachment injuries (i.e. affairs) – Relationship traumas that destroy trust
  • A proven model for forgiveness and reconciliation
Discussion of the New Era of Couple Therapy
  • Growing into and applying the EFT model
  • Gaining confidence in EFT – Maximize effectiveness in your practice
  • Key changes and challenges in the field of couple therapy

KATHRYN RHEEM, ED.D., LMFT

Kathryn Rheem, Ed.D., LMFT, Director of the Washington Baltimore Center for Emotionally Focused Therapy (WBCEFT) for the last 7 years, has trained hundreds of mental health clinicians in EFT nationally and internationally. She has been a student of EFT since 2002, has been using this empirically-validated approach exclusively in private practice since 2005, and continues to study and learn the model daily. Along with her mentor, Dr. Sue Johnson, originator of EFT, Kathryn’s best teachers of this humanistic, attachment-based model are the couples she works with weekly in private practice.

Together, Sue & Kathryn created Strong Bonds, Strong Couples, LLC, which provided EFT-based weekend retreats for soldiers & marines coming home from the Iraq and Afghanistan wars and their partners at military installations in the U.S. and abroad. Kathryn has trained U.S. Army Chaplains & European Regional Medical Command in EFT and consults monthly with the U.S. Veterans Administration.

Kathryn trains and presents EFT regularly at many locations in U.S. including the Psychotherapy Networker Symposium, AAMFT Annual Conference, state divisions of AAMFT, and EFT Summit and has taught EFT in Denmark, Sweden, Holland and Germany.

She works extensively with couples where one or both partners have endured trauma and has written and presented on the application of EFT with trauma numerous times. In addition to the application of EFT with trauma, Kathryn has a special passion for working with and teaching the Withdrawer Re-engagement process. For her doctoral dissertation, Kathryn completed the first analysis of Withdrawer Re-engagement, and she enjoys teaching clinicians how to come alongside and work with Withdrawers.

Kathryn was voted a Top Couples Therapist in Washington, D.C. by the Washingtonian magazine in December 2012. A clinical fellow and approved supervisor of AAMFT, she has written 9 articles/chapters on the application of EFT.



Speaker Disclosures:

Financial: Kathryn Rheem is the director of the Washington Baltimore Center for Emotionally Focused Therapy (WBCEFT). She receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.

Non-financial: Kathryn Rheem has no relevant non-financial relationship to disclose.
Credits listed below are for full attendance at the live event only. Certificates of Completion are distributed at the conclusion of the live seminar for those who register prior to the event date and attend the full day. A letter of attendance will be issued to participants who register at the event, arrive late, or leave early. For those who registered day of (walk-ins), and are in full attendance, a certificate of completion for full CE credit will be sent within 30 days following the event. For those in partial attendance (arrived late or left early), an adjusted certificate of completion reflecting partial credit will be issued within 30 days (if your board allows). Please see “live seminar schedule” for full attendance start and end times. NOTE: Boards do not allow credit for breaks or lunch.

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ADDICTION COUNSELORS
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This course has been approved by PESI, Inc., as a NAADAC Approved Education Provider, for 6.0 CE in the Counseling Services skill group. NAADAC Provider #77553. PESI, Inc. is responsible for all aspects of their programming. Full attendance is required; no partial credit will be awarded for partial attendance.


CHAPLAINS/CLERGY
This activity is designed to qualify for 6.25 continuing education hours.


COUNSELORS
This intermediate activity consists of 6.25 clock hours of continuing education instruction. Credit requirements and approvals vary per state board regulations. Please save the course outline, the certificate of completion you receive from the activity and contact your state board or organization to determine specific filing requirements.

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA COUNSELORS: This intermediate activity consists of 6.25 clock hours of continuing education instruction. Credit requirements and approvals vary per state board regulations. Please contact your licensing board to determine if they accept programs or providers approved by other national or state licensing boards. A certificate of attendance will be awarded at the end of the program to participants who are in full attendance and who complete the program evaluation.

MARYLAND COUNSELORS: This intermediate activity is approved for 6.25 clock hours of continuing education instruction. The Maryland Board of Professional Counselors recognizes courses and providers that are approved by the NAADAC. A certificate of attendance will be awarded at the end of the program to counselors who complete the program evaluation, to submit to their state board.

VIRGINIA COUNSELORS: This intermediate activity consists of 6.25 clock hours of continuing education instruction. Credit requirements and approvals vary per state board regulations. Please contact your licensing board to determine if they accept programs or providers approved by other national or state licensing boards. A certificate of attendance will be awarded at the end of the program to participants who are in full attendance and who complete the program evaluation.


MARRIAGE & FAMILY THERAPISTS
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PSYCHOLOGISTS
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PESI, Inc. is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. PESI maintains responsibility for this program and its content. PESI is offering this activity for 6.25 hours of continuing education credit. Full attendance is required; no partial credits will be offered for partial attendance.


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OTHER PROFESSIONS
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