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Stuck Places in EFT

  • 20 Sep 2014
  • 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
  • First Presbyterian Church of Berkeley 2407 Dana Street Berkeley, CA 94704


(depends on selected options)

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Stuck Places in EFT

Presented by:
Jay Seiff-Haron, PsyD, Certified EFT Therapist, EFT Supervisor-In-Training
and Christopher Diani, LCSW, Advanced EFT Therapist

While “any EFT is better than no EFT” (thank you, Rebecca Jorgensen!) we all know how hard it can be when we, ourselves, feel challenged by a session or by our work with a couple.

In this interactive morning, we will validate the struggles that we all can have by offering examples of a few stuck places:
 - when feeling language is discordant for a couple,
 - when de-escalation doesn’t stick outside of sessions,
 - when therapists are tempted to, or actually, get into cycles with clients.

Then, we will hold a space for the community to discuss these -- and other -- stuck places in small groups. Finally, we will reconvene in the larger community to discuss how these conversations went, and to offer one another some suggestions to one another about possible remedies.

Participants will:
A) Be able to describe ways to access emotion with couples for whom feeling language is discordant
B) Be able to discuss techniques for working with couples for whom de-escalation doesn’t stick outside of session
C) Be able to assess when therapist reactions lead into enacting, rather than reflecting upon, maladaptive cycles
D) Be able to discuss ways to avoid enactments with clients.

Jay M. Seiff-Haron, Psy.D.
is a Certified Emotionally Focused Therapist and EFT Supervisor-in-Training with a private practice in Cow Hollow and downtown San Francisco. Jay specializes in EFT with interfaith, interracial or same-sex couples; attachment-informed co-parenting and custody evaluation; “EFFT with toys” for parents and their children 6 and under after loss, domestic violence, divorce, separation or trauma; and EMDR. A member of National Training Labs (NTL), Jay teaches graduate students at the Wright Institute, is Executive Director and faculty at Cross-Cultural Communications (a non-profit that develops residential and organizational trainings about diversity, inclusion and social justice), and holds an MBA from Stanford University.

Christopher Diani, LCSW is a bilingual English and Spanish-speaking Advanced Emotionally Focused Therapist who has been providing psychotherapy since 1997.  Chris has extensive experience working with trauma, including training in trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy while he practiced as a family therapist at the Chadwick Center, Rady’s Children’s Hospital in San Diego, and his Certification as an EMDR Therapist.  He has also trained in play therapy including the use of expressive arts and sand tray, and in Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy with Daniel Hughes.  Chris is a past member of the Board of Directors of the Association for the Treatment and Training in the Attachment of Children (ATTACH.org), and he is a Certified Attachment Focused Therapist with the Center for Family Development. Chris received his Masters of Social Work/Mental Health from San Diego State University, as well as a Masters of Philosophy/Ethics from the University of California at Irvine.

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 intermediate to advanced.

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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NCCEFT is a professional association of therapists practicing Emotionally Focused Therapy in Northern California. Serving communities of the San Francisco Bay Area and beyond, including San Francisco, Oakland, Berkeley, Fremont, San Jose, Sacramento, Santa Rosa, Stockton, Modesto, Fresno, and beyond; we have members throughout California and throughout the United States.
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