2017 Fall Conference
OPA Psychotherapy Section's
2017 Fall Conference
Saturday, October 7, 2017
The Faculty Club,
University of Toronto
41 Willcocks Street
Toronto, Ontario M5S 1C7
Guest Speaker – Les Greenberg
Leslie Greenberg, Ph.D. is Distinguished Research Professor Emeritus of Psychology at York University in Toronto, Ontario. He is the Director of the York University Psychotherapy Research Clinic and the developer of Emotion-focused therapy. He has authored the major texts on Emotion-focused approaches to treatment. He is the senior author on the on the original texts on Emotion-focused approaches to treatment of individuals and couples such as Facilitating Emotional Change (1993) and Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy (1988). More recent books include Emotion-focused therapy: Coaching Clients to work through their Feelings (2002), Emotion-focused therapy of Depression (2006) and Emotion-focused Couple therapy: The Dynamics of Emotion, Love and Power (2008). His newest book is Theory of Emotion-Focused therapy (2011). Dr Greenberg has published extensively on research on the process of change. He received the 2004 Distinguished Research Career award of the Society for Psychotherapy Research: An International interdisciplinary society. He is a founding member of the Society of the Exploration of Psychotherapy Integration (SEPI) and a past President of the Society for Psychotherapy Research (SPR). He has been awarded the Canadian Council of Professional Psychology Program Award for Excellence in Professional Training and the Canadian Psychological Association Professional Award for distinguished contributions to Psychology as a profession as well as the Carl Rogers award of the American Psychology Association’s Society for Humanistic Psychology. He is recipient of the APA award for Distinguished Professional Contribution to Applied Research. He is on the editorial board of many psychotherapy journals and conducts a private practice for individuals and couples and trains people in Emotion Focused approaches.
Emotion-focused therapy: The Transforming Power of Affect
The workshop will discuss:
- The role of emotion and emotional awareness in function and dysfunction and the importance of working with core painful amygdala based emotion.
- The use of process diagnosis in an emotion-focused approach to identify different types of emotional processes will be discussed.
- Differential intervention based on process diagnosis will be demonstrated.
- Six major principles of emotional change in psychotherapy will be presented: Emotion, Awareness, Expression, Regulation, Reflection, Transformation and Corrective Experience.
- Videotaped examples of evidence based, methods for evoking and dealing with emotions in self-criticism and in emotional injuries from the past with significant others will be presented and discussed.
- Participants will be introduced to the skills of moment by moment attunement to affect, and the use of different methods of dialoguing with parts of self and imagined significant others in an empty chair.
- Learn to identify different types of emotional expression.
- Learn when to regulate and when to access emotion.
- Learn how to intervene differentially with emotion
- Learn how to access adaptive emotions to produce change.
- Learn to identify phases in emotional processing to resolve self-critical splits
- Learn to identify phases in emotional processing to resolve unfinished business.