Healing Attachment Injuries with Emotionally Focused Therapy
Saturday, January 25, 2014 from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM (PST)
Negative attachment-related events, particularly abandonments and betrayals, often cause seemingly irreparable damage to close relationships. Many partners who are struggling to repair their relationship will enter therapy to bring closure to such events, and to restore lost intimacy and trust. During the therapy process, however, these events often reemerge in an alive and intensely emotional manner, much like a traumatic flashback, and can overwhelm the injured partner, the partner responsible for causing the injury, and the therapist. When the other partner then fails to respond in a reparative, reassuring manner, or when the injured spouse cannot accept such reassurance, the injury is compounded. As the couple experiences failure in their attempts to move beyond such injuries and to repair the bond between them, their despair and alienation deepen. In this presentation, we will review the unique trauma that results from attachment injuries. We will review the steps that EFT therapists can follow to bring healing and resolution to the injuries. The presentation will include lecture, a video demonstration of Sue Johnson working with a couple that had an attachment injury related to a miscarriage, and we will have an opportunity to practice some of the steps by participating in an experiential role play.
a) Participants will learn research supported methods of attachment repair and forgiveness.
b) Participants will be able to describe a six-step model of forgiveness and will learn when to apply the steps to healing an attachment injury.
c) Participants will be able to explain how a lack of emotionally supportive responsiveness by a loved one at a moment of vulnerability can color a whole relationship.
d) Participants will practice through role plays with other participants how to explore the experience of the injury and how to set-up an enactment.
Sam Jinich, Ph.D. is a Clinical Psychologist in private practice in San Francisco. Sam received his PhD in 1994 from the University of California in San Diego and San Diego State University's Joint Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology. Sam did his pre-doctoral internship at Langley Porter Psychiatric Institute and his post-doctoral fellowship at the University of California, Center for AIDS Prevention Studies. He has extensive experience as an individual and couple's therapist and has taught couples therapy at Alliant International University. He is a certified therapist, supervisor, and trainer in Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT). He is past-president of the San Francisco Psychological Association and one of the founders of the Northern California Community of Emotionally Focused Therapy (NCCEFT). Sam was born and raised in Mexico City, is bicultural and fluent in Spanish. He offers therapy to individuals and couples as well as consultation to therapists in English and Spanish. Sam teaches a three-module EFT Intensive and co-facilitates the Hold Me Tight Workshop in San Francisco (www.holdmetightworkshop.com).
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 introductory to intermediate.
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