Working with the Echoes of Trauma in Emotionally Focused Couple Therapy (EFT):
How Sharing Emotions Soothes the Traumatized Brain and Heart
T. Leanne Campbell, Ph.D., R. Psychologist, Certified ICEEFT Trainer
Kathryn Rheem, Ed.D., LMFT, Certified ICEEFT Trainer
Emotionally Focused Therapy for couples and families (EFT, Dr. Susan Johnson) is an empirically validated treatment approach that meets the gold standard set out by bodies such as the American Psychological Association (APA) and has been shown to be effective in assisting couples in both addressing trauma, and improving their relationship functioning.
In this workshop, and with an emphasis on video/in-session demonstrations as well as more traditional lecture format, participants will gain an understanding of some of the key theoretical underpinnings of the EFT model, as well as practitioner-relevant insight into the interventions that are used to transform couples both personally and relationally, quietening the echoes of trauma, and increasing resilience to future stress and/or trauma.
The echoes of unresolved trauma are most likely to be loudest and most disruptive to individuals’ emotional and social functioning in the context of intimate relationships. As we clinicians know, the key to healing trauma is being able to seek comfort and protection from a loved one. But for trauma survivors, who usually have no template for safe connection, and their partners, coping with triggers can create escalations. Working to help the trauma survivor reach open-heartedly and the partner respond vulnerably is the focus of this two-day training in the application of EFT with trauma survivor couples.
Emotional dysregulation, known as the hallmark of trauma, scrambles communication, blocks intimacy, and amplifies distress. This training emphasis three key features in working with emotional echoes: clinical assessment and identification of various personal and relationship factors that impact clinical decision-making, the how of pacing intrapsychic work, and key EFT interventions central to working with emotion both intrapsychically and interpersonally.
In this training, the importance of the clinician’s ability to monitor and respond to client’s moment-to-moment experiences, especially extreme states of numbing, will be highlighted. You will come away with the knowledge of how to work intrapsychically piece-by-piece with each partner in order to work interpersonally to create healing between them. Learn how to support the trauma survivor in cultivating courage to reach for comfort and protection (tension between fears and longings) and how to prepare partners to be responsive (an amazing privilege but also an extraordinary pressure for the partner of a trauma survivor). Learn how to stay in the process when clients become activated emotionally, a common outcome of trauma, and when, we, the clinicians, get triggered.
Through teaching, video presentation, and experiential learning, you’ll see how to use voice, reflection, and deepening interventions to help partners make contact, stay in contact in order to distill, and then share vulnerabilities with each other in order to break the familiar yet dreaded feeling of emotional isolation, a common result of enduring trauma.
Learning Objectives – By the end of the workshop, participants will have an increased understanding of:
1. The impact of trauma from an attachment perspective, with attention to developmental factors, and with regard to mental health assessment and intervention more generally.
2. How to work with trauma with couples, with attention to heightening and/or containing emotion, and working within the ‘therapeutic window’ both individually and relationally.
3. How to work with emotion ‘moment-to-moment’ with the overall goal of facilitating bonding and trauma resolution, and positively and durably shifting affect regulation capacities, as well as models of self and other.
This training is open to all clinicians regardless of EFT training.
CEUs – 14 CEUs available for Social Workers, MFTs and LCPCs. (Psychologist CEUs pending)
|April 13, 2018||to||April 14, 2018|
|9:00 am - 5:00 pm|
|CCEFT Member Rate||$385.00|
|Early Bird Rate - by March 1, 2018||$400.00|
|Regular Rate - after March 1st, 2018||$425.00|