20120330 Emotion Focused Therapy

Emotion Focused Therapy: An introduction to theory and skills

Description of Presentation

Emotion focused therapy (EFT) is an empirically supported treatment that stems from a humanistic/experiential tradition. It is founded upon a sophisticated theory of emotion and emotional processing that has direct relevance to the process of psychotherapy. EFT is supported by a substantial body of research for the treatment of depression and complex trauma, as well as for couples therapy. More recent developments have focused on applying EFT to the treatment of eating disorders, social phobia, and intimate partner violence.

This seminar will present:

· Key ideas about case formulation and emotion focused theory for understanding emotion.

· Overarching treatment aims and common intervention principles in EFT.

· Videotaped examples from treatments for depression and for complex trauma.

· The use of process-diagnosis to identify opportunities for intervention (different types of emotion will be reviewed and described in terms of the change process).

· Selected research, particularly as related to the change process.

Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of this presentation, the participant will be able to:

1) Conceptualize affect in clinical cases using emotion focused theory,

2) Identify key client markers of in-session processes as they relate to working with emotion,

3) Understand the main objectives of therapeutic tasks that are central to emotion-focused psychotherapy.

Target Audience

Clinical/Academic Faculty Members and Residents of the UBC Department of Psychiatry; Community Psychiatrists, Psychologists, and Psychotherapists

Time & Place of Event (Flyer attached)

  • Saturday, May 5, 2012
  • Lecture Theatre, Detwiller Pavilion, 2255 Wesbrook Mall, UBC Campus
  • 10:00am-12:00pm
  • Continental breakfast will be available

Guest Speaker: Dr. Antonio Pascual-Leone

Antonio Pascual-Leone, PhD, is a psychologist and Associate Professor at the University of Windsor. He has published on the process and outcome of EFT, including the book Emotion Focused Therapy for Complex Trauma (2010, APA). He received the New Researcher Award from the International Society for the Exploration of Psychotherapy Integration, and Division 29 of the American Psychological Association has honoured him with the Distinguished Publication Award. He is also a faculty member of the EFT Summer Institute at York University, and keeps a private practice working with adults and couples.


We have applied to the UBC Division of Continuing Professional Development and Knowledge Translation to have this event is an accredited as a Group Learning Activity (Section 1) as defined by the Maintenance of Certification program of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.

*Registration fee is $25: Please contact Carlos Sierra (carlos.sierra@ubc.ca) to reserve a seat. Please provide Name, Professional Discipline, Primary Work Site, and Email address.