408/508 Harnessing the Power of Emotion

Susan Johnson & Marlene Best • Saturday All Day

Susan JohnsonMarlene WestSince advances in neuroscience and attachment theory have led to an increasing appreciation of the centrality of emotions in human relationships, it’s ironic that therapists are so often intimidated by the raw power of clients’ feelings.

This workshop will guide you through the process of helping clients tap into their deepest emotional reserves as a positive force for shaping growth and transformation. Through exercises and viewing sessions of Emotionally Focused Therapy, you’ll develop skills to:

  • Distinguish between primary and secondary emotions and use attachment theory as a road map for couples work
  • Encourage vulnerability by incorporating the “Soft, Slow, Simple” approach into your therapeutic style
  • Use focused empathic reflection to reconnect, repair, and rebuild clients’ bonds

This session will continue with workshop 508.

Susan Johnson, EdD, one of the originators of Emotionally Focused Therapy, is the director of the Ottawa Couple and Family Institute. Her latest book is Hold Me Tight: Seven Conversations for a Lifetime of Love.

Marlene Best, PhD, C.Psych, is a certified EFT Trainer, clinical professor in the School of Psychology at the University of Ottawa, and associate at the Ottawa Couple and Family Institute.

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