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Stage 1: Attuning to the Relational Bond with EFT Interventions

  • 26 Sep 2015
  • 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
  • First Presbyterian Church of Berkeley 2407 Dana Street Berkeley, CA 94704
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Stage 1: Attuning to the Relational Bond with EFT Interventions    

Presented by:
Sam Jinich, PhD, Certified EFT Trainer 

In EFT, primary emotions are accessed, explored, and expanded to facilitate client shifts toward more adaptive integrated emotion and need expression in relationships. This involves greater experiential involvement in therapy as clients focus inward on their meaning-making process.  As a client’s level of experiential involvement deepens, the client’s discourse shifts from superficial and impersonal to more internal self-referenced statements. Deeper levels of engagement have been associated with positive and successful therapy outcomes in EFT for couples (Johnson & Greenberg, 1988; Makinen & Johnson, 2006).

Using a recorded LIVE demonstration from the 2015 SFCEFT 4-day EFT Externship in Tiburon, CA, Dr. Sam Jinich will go over Stage 1 interventions that keep the focus on tracking the cycle while giving the couple an opportunity to view their impasse through an attachment lens. Special attention will be given to decision points along the way in terms of interventions used as well as to attunement skills used in order to give the couple a more hopeful view of their relationship. We will offer time for Q&A followed by an opportunity to practice EFT interventions and attunement skills.

Upon completion of this workshop, participants should be able to:

1. View relational distress and negative patterns of interaction from an attachment perspective.

2. View via videotaped demonstration how emotions are deepened and expanded using evocative reflections and questions, how emotions are heightened, and enactments are created to elicit attachment-related affect and bonding moments.

3. Recognize and practice clinical techniques and skills used in stage 1 of EFT such as tracking the cycle, reflecting the clients experience, evoking emotions, validating their experience and reactions, reframing in attachment terms and facilitating enactments.

4. Recognize ways in which EFT therapists elicit, and deepen client’s “leading edge” of attachment longings and fears to create new bonding moments.

Sam Jinich, PhD
 is a Certified Emotionally Focused Therapist, Supervisor and Trainer.

He is the Clinical Director of the San Francisco Center for Emotionally Focused Therapy (SFCEFT) and the Instituto de Terapia Focalizada en las Emociones (ITFE).

Dr Jinich received his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of California, San Diego and San Diego State University’s Joint Doctoral Program. He completed his internship and postdoctoral training at University of California San Francisco Medical Center. Sam is one of the Founders of the Northern California Community for Emotionally Focused Therapy (NCCEFT) and he is Past President of the San Francisco Psychological Association.

Sam has been an Individual and Couples Therapist in San Francisco for over 20 years. He specializes in working with clients who are experiencing emotional distress and a desire to deepen their understanding of themselves and improve in the areas of communication, conflict resolution, commitment, relationship-building and parenting. 

Sam loves helping couples at the Hold Me Tight Workshop for Couples that he co-leads with Michelle Gannon, PhD.

Sam is active and engaging in his approach with clients. He is also bilingual and bicultural in Spanish. This year, Sam  taught the first Spanish EFT introduction and Eft Externship in the USA.  

In August Sam will be teaching the EFT Externship in Mexico City and the first Core Skills in San Jose, Costa Rica. 

10:00 AM - Networking and Professional Socialization (not included in CE credits)
10:30 AM - NCCEFT Announcements (not included in CE credits)

10:50 AM - Training begins
11:50 AM - 10-minute break
1:00 PM - Training ends

This training is appropriate for mental health practitioners who work with couples using Emotionally Focused Therapy.

This presentation is appropriate for mental health professionals who work with couples using Emotionally Focused Therapy. Level is introductory to intermediate.

This training is free to members, who will receive Continuing Education (CE) credit at no charge.  This training is available to non-members for $10, and CE credit is available for an additional $25.  Payment may be made by cash or check made out to NCCEFT.  As payment is collected at the door, no refunds or cancellations are available.

Two hours of CE credit are available to licensed Psychologists, MFTs and LCSWs for attending this program. 

NCCEFT is approved by the California Psychological Association to provide continuing professional education for psychologists.  NCCEFT maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

This course meets the qualifications for 2 hours of continuing education credit for MFTs and/or LCSWs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences.

Those who attend this workshop in full and complete the appropriate evaluation will receive CE credits.  Please note that credit will only be granted to those who attend the entire workshop.  Those arriving more than 15 minutes after the start time or leaving before the workshop is completed will not receive CE credit.

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