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Emotion-Focused Couples Therapy

  • Marine Hotel Sutton Sutton Cross Dublin, County Dublin Ireland (map)

The Institute of Emotion-Focused Therapy Ireland is proud to facilitate a 4 day workshop on EFT for Couples with Rhonda Goldman, PhD.

  • Marine Hotel Sutton, Sutton, Co. Dublin

  • 10 am - 5pm, Thursday 27th - Sunday 30th June, 2019

  • €800 (€725 early bird bookings made before 31/03/2018)

  • Presented by Rhonda Goldman, PhD

Emotion-Focused Couples Therapy is one of the most researched interventions in couples counselling. EFT focuses on the emotional bond between a couple but also on each partner's own emotional experiences and needs. It strives to uncover the manner by which each partner's emotional reaction to events contributes to negative interactional patterns within the relationship. For example, these patterns may arise when partners express secondary emotions (e.g., anger), rather than openly expressing primary emotions and needs (e.g., attachment based needs for closeness or identity based needs for validation). Over the course of therapy, the fractured emotional bond is healed by identifying the negative interactional cycles that dominate the couple's interaction and transforming these cycles by accessing, articulating and responding to primary attachment and identity related emotions and needs. The essential goal of EFT is thus the creation of new, healthy patterns of interaction by using emotion to restructure interactions.

In this workshop, Rhonda Goldman will explore the foundations of EFT for Couples but will also focus on more recent developments as elaborated on Emotion-Focused Couples Therapy: The Dynamics of Emotion, Love, and Power, e.g., the development of the self and the relationship system through the promotion of self-soothing and other-soothing; how to deal with unmet needs whether from the client's adulthood or childhood; how to work more explicitly with emotions, specifically fear, anxiety, shame, power, joy, and love; and the affect regulation involved in three major motivational systems central to couples therapy (attachment, identity, and attraction).

This workshop constitutes one of the steps towards certification as an EFT Couples therapist with the International Society for Emotion-Focused Therapy. See here for training standards:

Rhonda N. Goldman, PhD, is a professor at the Illinois School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University and a therapist affiliate of the Family Institute at Northwestern University in Evanston where she conducts psychotherapy with both couples and individuals. She practices, teaches, and conducts research on emotional processes and outcomes in Emotion-Focused Therapy and has written on empathy, vulnerability, depression and case formulation. She has co-authored/edited five texts on EFT, (most recently a Clinical handbook of Emotion-Focused Therapy, for APA). She is co-author with Les Greenberg of 'Emotion-Focused Couples Therapy: The Dynamics of Emotion, Love, and Power' (2008), and has just recently recorded an EFT for Couples demonstration DVD for the American Psychological Association. She is a recipient of the Carmi Harrari Early Career Award from the Society of Humanistic Psychology, Division 32 of the American Psychological Association, and is a past president of the Society for the Exploration of Psychotherapy Integration.

Registration is on a first come, first served basis. Places can be booked by paying a non-refundable deposit of €150. Early bird rate applies when the full fee is paid before 31/03/2019. Full refunds will only be given with one week’s notice. This event is being registered for CPD credits for members of PSI. All PSI members must sign for credits each day.

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