EFT for New Parents: Navigating the Attachment Minefield

  • 06 Jan 2018
  • 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM (PST)
  • First Presbyterian Church of Berkeley 2407 Dana Street Berkeley, CA 94704
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EFT for New Parents: Navigating the Attachment Minefield

Presented by:
Ted Obbard, PsyD, EFT Therapist

SUBJECT:

New parents often come to us in an attachment panic. Many are afraid their partner has ‘left them’ for the new baby, or is unsupportive to them as they face the greatest challenge of their life. Their fears of being inadequate and alone pull on us to take the expert role – to offer them some relief, now!

We cannot ignore these requests, but we also need to maintain our EFT footing. When we can ground our clients in the EFT process, and in their attachment to each other, they calm down and find their competence as new parents.

In this interactive morning, we will explore the balance between offering information that may be validating or helpful in Step 1 and finding attachment reframes for common new parent dynamics that we can use in Steps 2-4. To do so, we will

  • Review facts about the transition that can be validating and hopeful to couples
  • Discuss common new parent dynamics
  • Practice, in small groups, reframing those dynamics in attachment terms
  • Watch video from the movie Parenthood and, again in small groups, map the ‘Infinity loop’, i.e. the partners’ actions, emotions, attributions, and attachment needs.
  • Role play a therapy session, reframing a common argument in attachment terms.

Finally, we will reconvene in the larger community to discuss how these conversations went, and to offer one another insights and suggestions.

LEARNING OBJECTIVES:

Participants will:
A) Be able to list (and share with new parents) some of the key validating and hopeful research findings about the transition to parenthood.
B) Be able to identify common new parent dynamics and the underlying attachment needs that drive them.
C) Be able to segue couples from pulling the therapist into the expert role into accepting the therapist as EFT process consultant and choreographer.

PRESENTERS: 

Ted Obbard, Psy.D. is an Emotionally Focused Therapist with an office in Rockridge, Oakland. Ted specializes in EFT and attachment-informed work with men and teens. He previously worked as an engineer and high tech executive. Ted received his PsyD from CSPP/Alliant in 2006, his MBA from MIT, and his BS in Engineering from University of Pennsylvania. He is married with two children and lives in Berkeley, CA.

AGENDA:

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

TARGET AUDIENCE:

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

ACTIVITY LEVEL:

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

CONTINUING EDUCATION:

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

IMPORTANT NOTICE:

Those who attend this workshop in full, complete the course evaluation and sign in/out will receive CE credits. A certificate of completion will be provided at the end of the workshop. 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.

ACCOMMODATIONS:

NCCEFT meets all applicable local, state and federal standards, including the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA), 42, U.S.C. 12101-12213 (2008)). We hold events only at professional venues that comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA), 42, U.S.C. 12101-12213 (2008)

NCCEFT meets all applicable local, state and federal standards, including the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA), 42, U.S.C. 12101-12213 (2008)). We hold events only at professional venues that comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA), 42, U.S.C. 12101-12213 (2008)

ADA NEEDS: 

We will be happy to accommodate your ADA needs; please contact us at NCCEFT@programs@gmail.com  at least two weeks prior to the seminar date.

NCCEFT PROGRAM GRIEVANCE AND REFUND POLICY: 

The Northern California Community for Emotionally Focused Therapy (NCCEFT) is fully committed to conducting all activities in strict conformance with the American Psychological Association's Ethical Principles of Psychologists. NCCEFT will comply with all legal and ethical responsibilities to be non-discriminatory in promotional activities, program content and in the treatment of program participants.  The monitoring and assessment of compliance with these standards will be the responsibility of the CPA PAS CE Program Director in consultation with the Board of Directors (Steering Committee).

While NCCEFT works to assure fair treatment for all participants and attempts to anticipate problems, there will be occasional issues which will require intervention and/or action on the part of NCCEFT. This procedural description serves as a guideline for handling such complaints.

When a participant, either orally or in written format, files a grievance and expects action on the complaint, the following actions will be taken:

1. If the complaint concerns a speaker, the content presented by the speaker, or the style of presentation, the individual filing the complaint will be asked to put his/her comments in written format. The CE Program Director will then pass on the comments to the speaker, assuring the confidentiality of the aggrieved individual.

2. If the complaint concerns a workshop offering, its content, level of presentation, or the facilities in which the workshop was offered, the CE Program Director will mediate and will be the final arbitrator. If the participant requests action during a workshop or conference, the CE Program Director or his/her representative will:

a. attempt to rectify the situation, and/or

b. provide a credit for a subsequent presentation, in the event of a program having an attendance fee or

c. provide a partial or full refund of the registration fee, in the event of a program having an attendance fee.

Actions 2b and 2c will require a written note, documenting the grievance, for record keeping purposes. The note need not be signed by the aggrieved individual.

3. If the grievance concerns the business practices of the NCCEFT CE program in a specific regard, the CE Program Director or Administrator will attempt to arbitrate.

REFUND AND ATTENDANCE POLICY:

In the event that a program presentation has an attendance fee, CANCELLATIONS are subject to a $50.00 processing fee and must be received 14 days prior to be eligible for a refund.




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