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"Flying through the Storm to Safe and Sound: EFT with Challenging Couples"

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California Institute of Technology

1200 East California Boulevard

Dabney Lounge

Pasadena, CA 91125

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Couples therapy has a reputation for being one of the most challenging modalities of psychotherapy, but the Emotionally Focused Couples Therapist has a map to the territory of intimate bonding to understand the relational drama that couples get caught up in when things go wrong and what is needed to bring partners back into safe and sound connection.

The most challenging presentations we see in our couples therapy practice will be addressed: escalating chaotic couples, attachment injuries that undermine that creation of trust between partners, shut down avoidant partners, and dealing with co-morbidities such as trauma, or depression or sexual issues.

Dr. Sue Johnson will offer didactic presentations, group discussion, video viewing of actual sessions, and live case consultation. Participants will practice and hone EFT skills and interventions in working with challenging couples in a safe and supportive environment.

Program Schedule

January 11 to 12, 2019 (Friday & Saturday)
9:00 AM – 5:00 PM Both Days
California Institute for Technology, Dabney Lounge, Pasadena, CA
Click here for the full training schedule.

*Registration begins at 8:20 AM.

*The total instruction time is 12 hours. (The cut-off time for attendees looking to obtain CE credit is 9:15 am.)

*We will provide coffee, tea, water, and light snacks. Lunch will be on your own, but there are many places to eat on campus and in surrounding areas.

*All attendees will receive a copy of Sue's latest book: Attachment Theory in Practice: EFT with Individuals, Couples and Families.

CE Credits

Participants will earn 12 CE credits for attending the entire program. Partial credits will not be offered.

LACEFT is approved by the American Psychological Association (provider #41025550) to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. LACEFT is approved by the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (provider #131253) to sponsor continuing education for LMFT’s, LCSW’s and LPC’s. LACEFT maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

Learning Objectives:

Attendees will be able to:

  1. Describe challenging cases from an EFT perspective.

  2. Explain how the EFT treatment map impacts interventions and choice points during therapy.

  3. Describe ways to intervene with various stuck or difficult places in couple therapy.

  4. Design ways to match treatment to an assessment of the couple’s emotional state.

  5. Describe interventions used to work with escalated, chaotic couples

  6. Describe interventions used to work with healing attachment injuries

  7. Describe interventions used to access some emotional engagement with very shut down Withdrawers

  8. Describe the impact of co-morbidity systemically within EFT

  9. Describe interventions used when working with co-morbidity in couples therapy

Registration Fees

  • Non-Member Early Bird (Until December 21): $410
  • LACEFT Member Early-Bird (Until December 21): $395
  • Student Early-Bird (Until December 21): $220
  • Non-Member (After December 21, 2018): $425
  • LACEFT Member (After December 21, 2018) $410
  • Student (After December 21, 2018) $235

Cancellation Policy: Refunds, less a $50 administration fee, will be issued for requests made on or before December 21, 2018. We will not issue refunds that are requested after September 21, 2018.

Americans with Disabilities Act Compliance: LACEFT is available to make arrangements for individuals with particular needs. Anyone who requires special accommodation for a disability is requested to notify LACEFT at least two weeks in advance by contacting Betsy Walli at betsy@occounseling.net or (714) 584-4447.

LACEFT is fully committed to conducting all activities in strict conformance with the American Psychological Association's Ethical Principles of Psychologists. LACEFT 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 Continuing Education Chair in consultation with the members of the continuing education committee.

While LACEFT goes to great lengths to assure fair treatment for all participants and attempts to anticipate problems, there will be occasional issues which come to our attention which require intervention and/or action on the part of an officer of LACEFT. The CE Chair will receive and handle all complaints, coordinating with the President and Executive Director of LACEFT if necessary, to work out a fair resolution.

Please email any complaints to contact@laceft.org with the subject heading "For CE Chair."

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