NCCEFT Quarterly Meeting:
Affect Theory and EFT:
Welcoming Secondary Emotions and Reactive Behaviors
NOTE: An abbreviated version of this presentation was initially offered June, 2019.
This is the full, audio-visually-supported, real deal!
Karen Rogers, LMFT, Certified EFT Therapist
Have you ever worked with The Couple from Hell? Ever wanted to kick a couple (or one of the partners) out of your office?...Or, have you ever found yourself silently diagnosing one or both partners with character disorders or psychiatric illnesses? If so, it’s likely you’ve had a painful encounter with the Secondary Emotions or reactionary behaviors being expressed by one or both partners, and you’re struggling to cope.
Today’s training aims to demystify Secondary (and Primary) emotions and facilitate more effective ways to work with them, especially in Steps 1 and 2.
1. Demonstrate knowledge of Affect Theory and Evolutionary Psychology to discuss and explain secondary and primary emotions in couples negative patterns of interaction within the steps and stages of EFT.
2. Describe emotional activation & regulation, and demonstrate how we work in different ways throughout the arch of EFT therapy to meet and regulate partners' emotions, and foster greater capacity within them to reach for and respond to each others' needs for co-regulation.
3. Through experiential exercises, participants will be able to identify some of their own Self of Therapist triggers which can block our ability to provide more effective EFT. In addition to making these experiences more accessible, mentionable and manageable, we will discuss various expressions of self-care that can improve our ability to intervene more skillfully when couples' high levels of dysregulation activate our internal distress.
4. Compare examples of EFT therapists working with Secondary Emotions, and through dyadic role-play & practice, we'll discuss the EFT skills & interventions they employ.
Presenter:Karen Rogers, LMFT, Certified EFT therapist and Supervisor Candidate: I’ve practiced psychotherapy for nearly 40 years, and, before I fell in love with EFT in 2005, I was drawn to other models that focused on emotion in individuals & couples, and which articulated relational, systemic ways to work with & heal trauma. Two decades ago I discovered Affect Theory and Evolutionary Psychology, and, together, these disciplines revealed to me, if you will, the “mysteries of emotion”. Suddenly, emotions began to make real sense, and this gave me new ways to notice them, tolerate them and respond more effectively to them when they emerged, in myself or my clients. This integrated comprehension of the power and function of human emotion has proved profoundly helpful to me in the often daunting (and never-ending) process of becoming an EFT therapist. I’d love to share some of what I’ve experienced & learned about all this with you, and facilitate engaged conversations among us about emotion and ways we can all grow more comfortable, even welcoming, of a wider range of activated primary & secondary emotions when they come up in our couples, especially in Steps 1 & 2.
This training is appropriate for mental health practitioners who work with couples using Emotionally Focused Therapy.
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 (not included in CE credits)
12:00 noon - Training resumes
1:00 PM - Training ends
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.
This course meets the qualifications for 2 hours of continuing education credit for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, and/or LEPs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences;
Psychologists: The Northern California Community for Emotionally Focused Therapy (NCCEFT) is approved by the CPA OPD to sponsor continuing professional education for psychologists in California. NCCEFT maintains responsibility for this program and its content. (Provider # NOR055)
NCCEFT is approved by the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists to sponsor continuing education for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs and/or LEPs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences. NCCEFT maintains responsibility for this program/course and its content. Provider # 93337
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