Emotion-Focused counselling deals with symptom management, self and relational problems via emotion regulation, developing awareness and working with different levels of emotional experience. In this workshop, we will introduce you to Emotion-Focused work, both the Canadian model (Leslie Greenberg, Sandra Paivio, Susan Johnson et al) and the Annandale model. The technical side that includes assessment using process markers, and intervention protocols for verbal and creative work, will be introduced. The protocol of the first interview for the assessment of symptoms, relational difficulties and self-experience will be outlined and demonstrated. The protocols for ongoing sessions will also be presented and demonstrated. The relational side of the counselling work will be discussed and demonstrated. There will be an opportunity to consider the elements in Emotion-Focused work experientially and theoretically, view demonstration tapes, and to practise the technical skills.
Working with Experience
Emotional experience is a layered process that individuals experience at sensorimotor, schematic and conceptual levels. Individuals need to be a participant- observers of their experience, beginning with having their experience then symbolising or making meaning, before discovering the associated action tendencies.
In this 2-day workshop, we will show you how to access and work with emotional experience using the interventions of sequencing, patterns and visualisation. We will begin with the verbal techniques of accessing and working with emotional sequences and patterns before progressing to the creative techniques of visualisation. The options in visualisation enable clients to develop self-awareness, begin to regulate their experience, discover primary feelings and move into emotional processing.
The goal of counselling is the emotional well-being of our clients. This involves helping them have their emotional experience and integrating this into their current self-organisation. Emotional experiences are classified into their different types so that practitioners can then utilise appropriate interventions for working with the feelings, cognitions and behaviours that are the essence of the experience. One of the primary aims of Emotion-Focused counselling is to help clients process their emotional experiences. In this 2-day workshop, we will show you how to assess emotions using the experience triangle and then how to facilitate clients’ processing of their experiences using experiencing and drawing interventions. We will show you how to help your clients move from talking about difficult emotional experiences to experiencing the feelings. We will show you how to use the creative medium of drawing to facilitate emotional regulation and the experiencing of emotions. The contraindications for regulating versus experiencing emotions will be discussed.
Clinical Day 1: Working with Feelings
The aim of the first clinical day will be to focus on the specifics of the technical and relational aspects in Emotion-Focused counselling. The trainers will demonstrate elements of the counselling process and provide opportunities for practitioners to practice and discuss the technical and relational elements. Issues relating to assessing clients’ experiences moment-by-moment in the first and ongoing interviews will be practised. Verbal and creative interventions involving sequencing, visualisation, experiencing and drawing will be practised.
This clinical day will be tailored to the participants and their counselling practice. Practitioners who have attended workshops on Emotion Focused Work, Working with Experience and Experiencing Emotion are eligible to attend. Practitioners who have completed the Foundations and Individual Counselling courses are also eligible to attend.
This workshop has PACFA CPD endorsement.
The first aim of Emotion-Focused counselling and therapy is to facilitate awareness in order to regulate or process emotional experiences. Focusing is about developing awareness and experiencing, and this involves discovering, acknowledging and touching into the experience that is felt. In this 2-day workshop, we show you how to help your clients develop their awareness of their emotional experiences using bodily and emotional focusing interventions. Both techniques help clients learn to attend to their inner experience at a bodily and emotional level. The theories of dialectical constructivism, phenomenology and hermeneutics that underpin experiencing will be lightly touched. The similarities and differences between Gendlin’s focusing, the Canadian Emotion-Focused protocols and our Annandale approach will be discussed and demonstrated.
This workshop has PACFA CPD endorsement.
The second aim of Emotion-Focused counselling and therapy is to transform emotion schemes. Emotion schemes are the internalised patterns developed from both adult and childhood experiences. They are implicit idiosyncratic structures of human experience, and they serve as the basis of self-organisation in terms of attachment and identity. They determine how we respond and react to ourselves and others. The Institute’s foundational research has identified emotional signatures as the outplay of emotion schemes. In this 2-day workshop, we will show you how to unpack clients’ patterns of relating to self and other. Using the intervention of unpacking experience, we will show you how to identify the different emotional signatures so that you can adjust your relating to clients as well as help you identify the intervention pathway most suited to your clients’ needs and difficulties.
Adult – Child Polarity
This workshop has PACFA CPD endorsement.
Individuals come to counselling because they feel unhappy and dissatisfied with aspects of their life. The difficulties they are experiencing tend to erode their feelings of lovability and worthiness and so assertive action becomes diminished. Clients lose their ability to operate from an adult place and instead revert to reacting in ways that developed from past adult and childhood experiences. In the Annandale model, we can employ the language of the inner child in order to conceptualise and work with the adult, parental and child aspects of clients. In this 2-day workshop, we will show you how to strengthen the adult aspect and hold the inner child using the verbal interventions as well as the creative intervention of cushion work. By helping clients become aware of their reactivity and to identify the different elements, we can support them in regaining and strengthening their adult self in order to be ready and able to do the experiencing work.
Clinical Day 2
The aim of the second clinical day will be to focus on the patterns of emotion, thinking and behaviour that can be discovered and known in counselling. Both practitioners and clients bring with them a complex network of patterns of relating to self and other. How practitioners become aware of their own and their clients’ ways of relating will be explored in order to strengthen the counselling relationship and to find effective ways to work with clients. The trainers will demonstrate aspects of focusing, unpacking and cushion work for further exploration and practise. Practitioners will get opportunities to practise some of the complex and difficult aspects of working with external and internal patterns in the counselling process. Practitioners who have attended workshops on Focusing, Emotional Signature and the Adult-Child Polarity are eligible to attend. Practitioners who have completed the Foundations and Individual Counselling courses are also eligible to attend.
Fear & Anxiety
The aim of this workshop is to explore and understand fear and anxiety using an Emotionally Focused approach and to understand the associated reactions of freezing, panic and terror. By exploring the experience of fear & anxiety, practitioners will discover how they impact physiologically, emotionally, behaviourally and cognitively.
While fear can be assessed as primary, maladaptive or secondary, anxiety can be classified as primary anxiety about self, and secondary anxiety expressed in helplessness, catastrophic expectations, performance fears and negative evaluations. Methods of working with clients to facilitate their attention to their internal cues through focusing, enactment, imagery, and the systematic unfolding of experiences will be explored and practised. Protocols for working with negative self-talk, abreactions to earlier experiences, and processing of earlier experiences will be demonstrated and practised. There will be a focus on working experientially with these feelings. The strategies for working with anxiety and fear are focussed psychological strategies and include psycho-information, behavioural interventions, exposure techniques, cognitive interventions, relaxation procedures, and skills training.
Empty-chair and two-chair work are two important interventions in Emotion-Focused work. We have expanded these interventions to multiple-chair work, and also employ cushions throughout the process.
Using multiple chair interventions practitioners can facilitate clients to work with interpersonal disputes and difficulties with employers, friends, partners as well as struggles with aspects of self-experience such as feelings, self-criticism and adult/child issues.
The aim of this workshop is to explore multiple chair and cushion work to work with present and past interactional difficulties and working with different aspects of the self. Protocols for working with multiple chairs in an empty chair and two-chair work will be provided and demonstrated. A little theory and the research behind these techniques will also be provided. Contra-indications for using this technique will be discussed.
Sadness, Loss & Grief
Sadness and grief are experienced as a result of a loss. For example, relationship loss by separation or death, or psychological separation or loss. The aim of this workshop is to explore and understand sadness, loss and grief using the Emotion-Focused approach. In an Emotion-Focused approach, sadness can be classified as primary, maladaptive, secondary and instrumental. Further, sadness needs to be distinguished from distress, pain, and depression.
In this workshop, assessing and classifying sadness as well as understanding the nature and type of loss, and the stages of grief will be explored and used as a guide to clinical work. Protocols outlining the method of exploring and expressing sadness, loss and grief will be demonstrated using client and demonstration tapes. Methods of working with clients, from debriefing and in-depth verbal exploration to facilitating clients’ attention to their internal cues are outlined and practised using focusing, imagery and systematic unfolding of experiences.
Healing Childhood Sexual Abuse (HCSA)
The aim of this workshop is to explore and understand the nature and effects of childhood sexual abuse. How these experiences emerge in counselling and therapy act as a foundation for assessing and working with the abuse. Safe ways to talk about the abuse, to gather information and to provide containment will be explored.
Using the Emotion-Focused approach, the pathways for healing will be charted. The protocols for working with strengthening the adult survivor, dealing with the trauma, and the healing of the traumatised child within our clients will be presented and demonstrated. The application of observer visualisation, working with the abreactions in-session and between sessions will be explored. Methods of intervening in both remembered abuse scenes and in abreactions will be explored and demonstrated. There will be reflection and recommendations about dealing with the nature and effects of the trauma work on both the client and practitioner.
This is a practical, hands-on workshop to explore ways of understanding and working with anger from irritation and frustration to anger and rage. The methods for working with anger are deemed focussed psychological strategies and include psycho-information, behavioural interventions, exposure techniques, cognitive interventions, relaxation procedures, and skills training.
In an Emotionally Focused approach, anger can be classified as primary, maladaptive, secondary or interior. Knowing these classifications and the typical patterns of experiencing and expressing anger can help practitioners work with clients.
Protocols outlining the methods of regulating, exploring, experiencing and expressing anger will be demonstrated using client and demonstration tapes. There will be a progression from psycho-education and verbal exploration to the active techniques of drawing, cushion work, baton and telephone-book work. There will be opportunities to experience and practise the techniques. Contra-indications for working with anger will be discussed.
The aim of this workshop is to explore ways of working with shame. Clients come to counselling/therapy with their experiences of embarrassment, shame and humiliation. These can pervade their lives and limit clients in relating to themselves and others.
During the workshop, four types of shame; primary, maladaptive, secondary and interior, will be distinguished & explored. The methods of working with each type of shame using an Emotionally Focused approach will be outlined. There is an opportunity in the workshop to view demonstration tapes and to have mini-practices of the protocols. There will be a focus on working both verbally and experientially and using both personal and professional experience.
This workshop is designed to provide practitioners with comprehensive assessment protocols for couple work. The Emotion-Focused approach to couple work deals with relational processes as well as each person’s style of relating. Couple assessment will include identifying symptomatic and relationship issues, interactional assessments, drawing out partners’ emotional experiences, and ways of responding. Protocols for conducting assessment will be outlined and practised. Introducing a partner to couple sessions will be explored as well as contra-indications for couple work.
Areas covered include:
- Problem Assessment: Identifying symptomatic and relationship issues; assessing sequences and interactional patterns, assessing emotional experience, boundaries and hierarchies.
- Session Structure: Protocols for assessment.
- Couple Skills: Working with the process, interactional and intrapersonal questioning, reflective and empathic responses, balancing conflicting feelings and expectations.
Couples need to be able to talk together to organise their daily affairs and long-term objectives, and share feelings, hopes and worries in everyday life. Many couples have developed patterns of interactions that are painful to one or both, that do not enhance intimacy and goodwill. The aim of this workshop is to present a comprehensive approach to couple work that allows for the restructuring of the emotional bond through healthy dialogue and the fostering of partner responsiveness. Couple talk is the platform to help couples talk together in-session so that clinicians can intervene and facilitate a dialogue that allows couple issues to be dealt with. Protocols for beginning couple talk, assessing and intervening in the conversations will be outlined and demonstrated. Specific interventions for identifying sender and receiver positions, facilitating couples talking together, observing and processing couple talk, and intervening in the sender/receiver process will be outlined and demonstrated.
Pre-requisite: Having attended Couple Assessment.
Emotions In Couple Work
The basis of difficulties in relationships is the reactivity and difficulties in sharing emotional experiences. Negative interactional patterns develop when partners are unable to share their primary feelings, instead of resorting to responses fuelled by secondary reactions and/or negative self- experience.
The aim of the workshop is to present an elegant yet comprehensive and flexible protocol for working with a couple’s emotional experience. With the methodology of couple talk, a counsellor works more deeply with each individual at different stages. Specific interventions for sharing feelings, dealing with non-responsive partners, containing reactivity and strong feelings, and assessing the influence of past adult and childhood experiences will be outlined and practised. How to move between individual exploration and couple talk will be explored and practised.
Pre-requisite: Having attended Couple Assessment and Couple Talk (pre-requisite does not apply if the workshop is for CPD).
Childhood Influences in Couple Work
The aim of this advanced workshop is to present an Emotion- Focused approach to working with each partner’s reactions and abreactions. Couple trauma and attachment difficulties can re-ignite emotional difficulties that have a basis in childhood.
Using an Emotion-Focused therapy approach, the regressions and enactments that occur between partners will be explored. Specific emphasis will be on how to help partner’s hold their early experiences and woundedness as they relate to their partners. Charting a couple therapy journey that incorporates these aspects will be outlined and considered.
Pre-requisite: Having completed the Couple Therapy workshops.
Creative Couple Work
Couple work can be creative and fun.
At times, couples get stuck or are unable to develop awareness or understanding of what is happening in their relationship. Practitioners can facilitate their clients’ awareness using creative methods. The aim of the workshop is to explore the place of experiential methods in couple work. Protocols for working with drawings, sculpture and cushions will be presented and integrated with couple talk and working with emotional experience.
Emotionally Focused Therapy
In this workshop, we will introduce you to the Annandale model of EF-Therapy. The theoretical underpinnings that include emotion theory, dialectical constructivism, attachment, developmental and trauma theory will be outlined. The consideration of psychodynamic markers alongside humanistic ones will be explored.
Ways to consider an individual’s internal workings using Emotion-Focused and other therapies will be explored. How clients react in difficult situations, and how past traumas resonate and influence responses, will be discussed and demonstrated using experiential techniques. Through understanding and using the adult-child polarity, practitioners can begin to get to know, assess and explore their clients’ ways of reacting and relating, and begin helping a client look after themselves.
Self – Interruptive Processes
Are your clients damning of themselves and others? Do your clients feel hopeless and without entitlement? Do they feel unworthy of love or success?
This workshop offers the opportunity to explore a client’s self-experience – their relationship with themselves, and as part of that, the concept of the self.
Difficult adult situations will be explored for their connections to childhood experiences before discovering how parental experiences have been internalised. Most clients experience themselves in negative ways around notions of lovability and worthiness and the ways in which clients feel and think about themselves will be explored. There will be a particular focus on clients’ critical and nurturing messages to self and to others with the aim of identifying and working with the inner critic.
Clients have learnt to respond to themselves and others as a result of past childhood and adult experiences. These early experiences have been internalised as expectancies which operate out of awareness. In this workshop, the development of emotion schemes will be explored with an emphasis on how a client feels towards, and responds, to others. Their reactivity and pattern of responding, using the lens of emotional signatures, will be observed and explored. Interventions that facilitate a client’s awareness of their patterns of responding, and explore the nature of these regressive responses and re-enactments will be explored. Methods of containing, reassuring and soothing the aspect of the responding child in a client will be illustrated.
Therapy Day 1: The Internalised Parent-Child
The aim of the Therapy Day 1 will be to focus on the internalised parent-child patterns and processes. Material from the first three workshops will be integrated and consolidated. The trainers will show and demonstrate elements of the therapy process and provide opportunities for practitioners to practice and discuss the technical and relational elements. Issues relating to using the therapeutic relationship will be explored. This therapy day will be tailored to the participants and their clinical practice. Practitioners who have attended workshops on EF-Therapy, Self-Interruptive Processes and Emotion Schemes are eligible to attend. Practitioners who have completed the Individual and Advanced Therapy courses are also eligible to attend.
Re-Experiencing in Regression
How do you facilitate healthy re-experiencing? What do clients need when they are regressed?
When clients are experiencing difficulties, their previous adult and childhood histories resonate, and they can find themselves responding in regressive ways.
In this workshop, the impact of childhood experiences on the present and past relationships will be explored. The concepts of self-fulness and entitlement will be understood in this context. Methods of re-experiencing childhood experiences using regression work will be discussed. Structured methods for re-experiencing in regression using genograms, drawings, cushions and chair work will be discussed as well as how to work with spontaneous regression in-session.
Healing in Attachment
A crucial part of Emotion-Focused therapy is the healing process that occurs in attachment as clients learn to trust and rely on their therapist. Through the regressions and being with their therapists, clients can begin to feel their authentic feelings, their protests and their loving feeling again.
In this workshop, we will consider how clients deal with their attachments to their therapists and the journey that is required as they deal with their past attachment injuries and learn to trust and attach in therapy. Therapists are required to consider the symbolic aspects of the therapeutic relationship. Concepts from psychotherapy such as ‘maternal’ friendliness, gratification, play, and love are considered in this phase of therapy. The methods of being with clients during the healing process are explored. The place of emotional and physical holding will be discussed and explored.
The Therapeutic Relationship
Practitioners working long-term in Emotion-Focused therapy need to understand and deal with the real and symbolic elements in the therapeutic relationship. In this workshop, we will explore how to recognise and braid these elements throughout our work. We will continue to explore the symbolic and nurturing processes required in therapy and the ways a therapist has of meeting the regressive needs. There will be exploration and understanding of our different reactions using the lens of Emotion-Focused therapy and emotional signature.
Therapy Day 2: Integrating Theory and Practice
The aim of Therapy 2 will be to consolidate clinical skills and integrate the theory of re-experiencing and regression
with the concepts of healing and internalising of a new parental figure. Material from the last three workshops will be discussed and further considered. The trainers will demonstrate elements of the therapy process and provide opportunities for practitioners to practice and discuss the technical and relational elements. This therapy day will be tailored to the participants and their clinical practice. Practitioners who have attended workshops on Re-Experiencing in Regression, Healing in Attachment and the Therapeutic Relationship are eligible to attend. Practitioners who have completed the Individual and Advanced Therapy courses are also eligible to attend.
Continuing Professional Development
All courses, workshops & studios at the Institute are available for practitioners for ongoing professional development
The Psychotherapy mornings are an opportunity for practitioners to meet and reflect on issues relating to long-term Emotion-Focused therapy. In 2018 the Institute will offer two meetings in order for EF practitioners to meet and explore some of the difficult relationship issues that arise in therapy. How to think about difficult interactions as well as how we deal with them will be explored and discussed.
Participants: Practitioners who have completed the individual therapy courses and current therapy workshops are eligible to attend. Please indicate your interest and provide details of your therapy practice in the 2018 application form.
Dates: The sessions are from 9.30am – 1 pm with an opportunity to lunch together afterwards.
Cost: $250 (+ GST if attending for CPD)
Empathy is a fundamental concept and skill in humanistic therapies. The Canadian approach to Emotion-Focused work considers empathy to be a key component and recommends extensive training in empathy. Where does empathy fit in the Annandale approach? To begin, we might say that it is an essential component in every intervention and relational movement. Then, we might ask ourselves more about how we think about and perceive empathy, and utilise this in our work. The aim of this program of reflection and study is to explore the theory and application of empathy in the Annandale approach to Emotion-Focused work. We will explore what the concept is and how to use empathy. We will consider what empathy looks like and how to experience and express it. Further, we will explore the influences of emotional signature as well as other influences such as gender, religion, culture, and extraneous events. The blocks to empathy will also be considered. There will be an exploration of clinical work via audio and videotapes.
Participants: Practitioners who have completed the counselling and therapy courses are invited to express interest in attending this course.
Cost: $790 (+ GST if attending for ongoing professional development)
EFT Studios are a venue where practitioners present their ideas and work in Emotion-Focused counselling and therapy.
Only 1 studio is scheduled for 2018.
This studio is open to practitioners who have completed the couple therapy workshops.
The studio is scheduled from 9.30am – 4.30pm. Cost: $210 (+GST if not undertaking accredited postgraduate studies).
EFT Studio 1: Clinical Day on Couple Work
Scheduled for 2019
Couple therapy involves a layered approach where a practitioner attends to both partners and the relationship as well as current and past trauma. In this studio, we will explore how the layers work together and the processes that are involved. The specific topic will be determined by the group’s needs.
Supervision Level 1
Group supervision is available for the Institute’s students completing the postgraduate programs. Level 1 supervision is available for practitioners who are completing or have completed the Individual Counselling workshops. The group will meet for 10 sessions on a monthly basis for 3 hours. There will be opportunities for intensive sessions to facilitate clinical work. Students must present their clinical work through audio/video as a means to develop skill competency in assessment and interventions.
Applications: Postgraduate students wishing to complete their supervision hours in 2018. Practitioners who wish to have group supervision and revise their EF counselling skills are also eligible to apply.
Dates: August 2nd, August 30th, September 27th (Via Zoom), October 25th and November 22nd
Supervision Level 2
Group supervision is available for the Institute’s students completing the postgraduate program. Level 2 supervision is available for practitioners who are completing the Emotion-Focused Therapy workshops. The group will meet for 10 sessions on a monthly basis for 3 hours. There will be opportunities for intensive sessions to facilitate clinical work. Students must present their clinical work through audio/video as a means to develop skill competency in assessment and interventions.
Applications: Postgraduate students wishing to complete their supervision hours in 2018. Practitioners who are wishing to revise their EF therapy skills are also eligible to apply.
Dates: TBA. Scheduled for a Thursday morning.
Couple Therapy Supervision
In 2018, there will be an opportunity for group supervision for practitioners who have completed the Couple Therapy courses at the Institute. The group will meet for 10 sessions on a monthly basis for 3 hours. There will be opportunities for intensive sessions to facilitate clinical work. Practitioners must present their clinical work by audio/video as a means to develop skill competency in assessment and interventions.
Applications: Practitioners who have completed the Couple Therapy modules.
Dates: TBA. Scheduled for a Thursday morning.
Cost: $150 per meeting
The trainers provide individual supervision to meet the skills competencies for the postgraduate requirements as well as supervision for ongoing clinical work. Please contact the trainers for further information.