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Topic: Emotionally Focused Therapy for CouplesPresenter: Dr. Paul Aikin & Dr. Nancy AikinDate: Saturday, May 23, 2020Time: 10:00 AM to 12:00PMLocation: Virtual - Zoom - directions are emailed when you registerLogin by 9:45AM
This program will benefit LMFT, LPCC, LEP and LCSW licensees and pre licensees by teaching participants the basic theory and interventions of EFT couples therapy. This information can easily be applied to particpant's clinical work with clients. EFT is based on Humanistic Experiential model theory and practice. It is non pathologizing and helps therapists to be empathic and compasionate in treating their clients.
This presentation will describe the EFT Stages and Steps that guide couples through three change events and lead to more connection and secure bonding. We will teach participants how, in Stage One, EFT helps couples identify their negative interactional patterns that keep couples disconnected and in distress. Furthermore, we will introduce the EFT “Tango” which describes how to help couples engage in new ways -- undoing their reactivity and facilitating more security. We will then describe Stage Two, which will show how EFT takes couples to even deeper levels of healing. EFT interventions, present process, and a systemic perspective (characterized by a Rogerian humanistic experiential orientation) will be demonstrated. Privileging emotion through an attachment perspective is the key to EFT and will be illustrated through the presentation. We will also briefly include how this understanding is used effectively with individuals and families. "In terms of outcome and process-of-change studies, EFT, more than any other approach, exemplifies the highest or ideal level of empirical validation as laid out by the American Psychological Association for couple and family therapy (Sexton et al., 2011)."
1. Describe how emotion is used in EFT
2. Explain basic attachment theory and how it impacts EFT.
3. Identify the stages involved in Emotionally Focused Therapy
Presenter Bios:Paul A. Aikin, Ph.D. is a licensed clinical psychologist in private practice. Along with his wife Nancy, he is Co-Director of the Greater Sacramento-Davis EFT Center. Paul is a certified EFT Trainer & supervisor. He has held positions at the University of California, Davis as Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, School of Medicine; Clinical Psychologist and Director of Training at the UCD Counseling Center; and Lecturer, Department of Psychology. He has also been a staff member and workshop leader at Esalen Institute. With the support of Sue Johnson, he and his wife Nancy have created and developed an educational program for families entitled: Hold Me Tight/Let Me Go: A Workshop for Families with Teens.
Nancy Tischler Aikin, Ph.D. is a co-founder of Aikin Associates Seminars, and as such has been a practicing clinical psychologist in private practice working with families, couples and individuals for the last 35 years. In addition, being an educator and community developer, as well as a clinician, has been her focus throughout her career. She is currently hired by Sutter Medical Foundation as an outside expert to facilitate the hospitals’ physician wellness program. Along with her husband Paul, she is Co-Director of the Greater Sacramento-Davis EFT Center. She is a certified EFT Trainer & Supervisor. With her husband, Nancy and Paul have created a unique way to run Hold Me Tight (HMT) for couples using their own marriage to help couples relate and normalize their experiences. Her most recent project in collaboration with Sue Johnson and her husband has been to create the Hold Me Tight/Let Me Go Program for Families with Teens, a sister workshop to HMT for couples.
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