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Affect Theory and EFT: Welcoming Secondary Emotions & Reactive Behaviors

  • 22 Jun 2019
  • 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
  • First Presbyterian Church of Berkeley 2407 Dana Street Berkeley, CA 94704
  • 26


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NCCEFT Quarterly Meeting


Welcoming Secondary Emotions & Reactive Behaviors,

Especially in Steps 1 and 2

Presented by:

Karen Rogers, LMFT 

Certified EFT Therapist & Supervisor Candidate


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.

Learning Objectives:

1. Differentiate and discuss through an EFT lens the many nuances of emotion that become activated in couple sessions and drive negative patterns/cycles between couples. 

2. Describe how EFT uniquely engages in couple’s emotional distress.

3. Identify and discuss the impact on us when strong emotions are present during EFT couples therapy sessions.

4.  Identify and demonstrate through role play, specific EFT skills and interventions employed when working with strong secondary emotions.


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.

Target Audience:

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

Activity Level:

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.

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.


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 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 should be made 48 hours prior to the event.

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