African American Couple

Engaging Inexpressive Partners in EFT

The Philadelphia Center for Emotionally Focused Therapy
   is pleased to announce a 2 Day workshop . . .

Engaging Inexpressive Partners in 
Emotionally Focused Therapy

      Ting Liu, Ph.D., LMFT, Certified EFT Trainer

April 28 -29, 2017
Philadelphia, PA
Do you find yourself frustrated in trying to engage withdrawn partners? Do you sometimes focus on the pursuer because it is easier to access their pain and emotion? Do you find yourself talking too much, explaining and/or working too hard with inaccessible partners? If so, how about 2 days focused on working to engage reluctant, hesitant, inexpressive partners with Master EFT Therapist and Trainer Ting Liu, Ph.D.?

Overview of Training

One of the most common challenges for the  Emotionally Focused Therapist is to engage the silent, withdrawn, and/or reluctant partner who expresses few feelings, thoughts, interests, and wishes in couple therapy.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

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

Learning objectives:  

Participants will:
1.     Understand and experience the impact of power, gender and culture on emotional expression.
2.     Understand the theoretical underpinnings and process of change in EFT.
3.     Understand and describe basic attachment theory and how it informs gender and culturally sensitive work with couples in EFT. 
4.     Understand and practice how to track the sequences of interaction that perpetuate couples’ distress – validating the inexpressive partner’s silence as part of the cycle.
5.     Understand and practice interventions to engage the inexpressive and reluctant partner while empathizing with the   pursuing partner and maintaining a secure alliance with both.

Morning Session:

·      Understanding silence and reluctance in couples therapy: An attachment perspective
       The cultural construction of emotions, emotional expressions, and appraisals. 

Afternoon Session:

·      Clinical strategies for working with inexpressive and reluctant clients in Stage 1 of EFT: Setting goals, engaging both partners, identifying cycles 

Morning Session:

·      Clinical strategies for working with inexpressive and reluctant clients in Stage 2 of EFT: Using emotions as change mechanisms; the power of enactment

Afternoon Session:

·      Video demonstration
·      Role-play practice 

When: April 28 - 29, 2017
           Time: Friday 11:00 AM - 6:00 PM
                       Saturday 9:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Where: Lafayette Hill, PA

CEUs: 12 CEU credits available
Fee*: $350 for Two Day Workshop (Early Bird special $299 by 3/31/17)

* 10% discount for PCEFT members     
*Student Rate: $200 

Register Early

Refund Policy: Full refund minus $50 administrative fee if canceled by 4/14/17. No refunds after 4/14/17
Coming from out of town? We have reserved a block of rooms at the Hampton INN/Plymouth Meeting, PA
very close to the workshop venue. Book by March 24th for the special 109.00/night rate.