Working with reluctant and inexpressive partners in EFT Couple Therapy

  • 13 Nov 2015
  • 9:00 AM
  • 14 Nov 2015
  • 4:30 PM
  • Birch Family Services 104 W 29th St New York, NY
  • 16


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Working with Reluctant or Inexpressive Partners in EFT

Friday, November 13, 2015  9-4.30 pm
Saturday, November 14, 2015  9-4.30 pm

Birch Family Services
104 W 29th St
New York, NY


Early registration by October 4

$410 for NYCEFT members/$435 non-NYCEFT members

Regular registration by November 1 

$435 for NYCEFT members/$460 non-NYCEFT members

One of the most common challenges for EFT therapists is to engage the silent, withdrawn, and/or reluctant partner who expresses little feelings, thoughts, interest, or wishes in couple therapy.  Many couple therapists struggle to find effective interventions that can engage the inexpressive partner while validating the pursuing partner and maintaining secure alliance with both.

To further expand the cultural sensitivity and applicability of EFT, with a specific focus on engaging the inexpressive and reluctant partner, the presenter will discuss the cultural construction of emotions and emotional expressions from both intrapsychic and interactional perspectives. Therapeutic interventions to engage and empower the inexpressive partners will be introduced. Clinical strategies to establish secure therapeutic alliances with both partners will be discussed. Video examples of using EFT with inexpressive partners will be incorporated.

This workshop is intended for Psychologists, Social Workers, Psychiatrists, MFTs, and Counselors.

Course Objectives:

           1)   Measure the impact of power, gender and culture on emotional expression.

            2)   Explain the theoretical underpinnings and process of change in EFT. 

            3)   Describe basic attachment theory and how it informs gender and culturally sensitive working with     couples in EFT. 

            4)   Practice how to track the sequences of interaction that perpetuates couple's distress - validating the inexpressive partner's silence as part of the cycle.

            5)   Practice interventions to engage the inexpressive and reluctant partner while empathizing with the pursuing partner and maintaining secure alliance with both.


DAY 1:

09:00-10:30 Understanding silence and reluctance in couple therapy: An EFT perspective

10:30-10:45 Break

10:45-12:15 The cultural construction of emotions, emotional expressions, and appraisal.

12:15-01:15 Lunch Break

13:15-14:45 Clinical strategies to work with inexpressive and reluctant clients at EFT stage 1 : Setting goals, engaging both partners, identifying cycles

14:45-15:00 Break

15:00-16:30 Role-Play Exercise

DAY 2:

09:00-10:30 Empathic Attunement 

10:30-10:45 Break

10:45-12:15 Clinical strategies to work with inexpressive and reluctant clients at EFT stage 2 : Using emotions as change mechanism ~the power of enactment

12:15-01:15 Lunch Break

13:15-14:45 Video demonstration

14:45-15:00 Break

15:00-16:30 Role-Play Exercise

Ting Liu, Ph.D,
is a certified EFT (Emotionally Focused Therapy) trainer and supervisor, and she is also licensed in Pennsylvania as a Marriage and Family Therapist and is an Approved Supervisor with the American Association of Marriage & Family Therapy.  She is the Director of Philadelphia Center for EFT.  Dr. Ting's publications include four books she has translated into Chinese in the field of MFT and EFT.  She has also published several journal articles on different applications of EFT, and wrote a chapter on multi-cultural therapy in the EFT casebook.  She is currently involved in several outcome studies examining the cultural applicability of EFT to diverse populations.

Dr. Liu offers EFT training, supervision, and case consultation to therapists in the Philadelphia area, as well as to therapists in Beijing, Hong Kong, London, Shanghai, Shengzen, Singapore, Taipei, and Tokyo. She specializes in multi-cultural applications of EFT, infidelity issues, mood disorders, and Emotionally Focused Family Therapy with adolescents.

Continuing Education

This event is sponsored by R. Cassidy Seminars P.O. Box 14473, Santa Rosa, CA 95402

Satisfactory Completion

Participants must have paid tuition fee, signed in, attended the entire seminar, completed an evaluation, and signed out in order to receive a certificate. Failure to sign in or out will result in forfeiture of credit for the entire course. No exceptions will be made. Partial credit is not available.

R. Cassidy Seminars is approved by the American Psychological Association (APA) to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. R Cassidy Seminars maintains responsibility for this program and its content. 12 Continuing Education Credits/Hours.

Social Workers 
his organization, R. Cassidy Seminars, ACE provider #1082,  is approved as a provider for social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB), through the Approved Continuing Education (ACE) Program. R. Cassidy Seminars maintains responsibility for the program. Approval Period: April 15, 2015-April 15, 2018. Social workers should contact their regulatory board to determine course approval. Social workers participating in this course will receive 12 continuing education clinical clock hours. 

NJ: This course is approved by the Association of Social Work Boards - ASWB NJ CE Course Approval Program Provider #31 Course #570 from 10/27/2015 to 10/27/2017. Social workers will receive the following type and number of credit(s): Clinical Social Work Practice 12

NY: R. Cassidy Seminars is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Social Work as an approved provider (#0006) of continuing education for licensed social workers. This program is approved for 12 contact hours live

Please Note: Licensing Boards change regulations often and while we attempt to stay abreast of their most recent changes, if you have questions or concerns about this course meeting your specific board’s approval, we recommend you contact your board directly to obtain a ruling.

Disability Access: If you require ADA accommodations please contact our office 30 days or more before the event. We cannot ensure accommodations without adequate prior notification. 

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Cancellation Policy

If notified in writing of canceling by October 4, fee is refunded minus $50 administrative fee.  Registrations canceled after October 4 are not refundable.
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