Integrating Emotion-Focused Therapy Principles and Interventions in Working with Older Adults

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When: Monday, February 12 to Sunday, March 10, 2024 (4 weeks) ONLINE weekly at your discretion
Cost:    $240 (Students $120) Sufficient Enrolment Decision Deadline: Monday, February 5, 2024
This workshop will be offered only if there is sufficient enrolment.

This introductory workshop will focus on the theoretical principles and practical skills to assess and process emotions productively while working with older adults. Through case presentations and didactic learning, participants will learn how to:

  • Assess clients’ unique emotional processing style and emotional processing difficulties
  • Facilitate emotional awareness, symbolize emotions, and deepen emotional experience
  • Be aware of obstacles to productive emotional processing
  • Learn about step-by-step emotion sequences to transform unproductive emotional states into productive emotional processes
  • Learn about memory reconsolidation and emotional change by meaning-making, narrative elaboration, and co-creating new narratives to foster meaningful changes

Week 1:

  • Introduction to Emotion-Focused Therapy (EFT)
  • Affective neuroscience: a bio-evolutionary theory of emotions
  • Introduction to the compasses of EFT: emotion assessment, case formulation, principles of change, and markers and tasks

Week 2:

  • Emotion assessment: identify clients’ unique processing style
  • Primary, secondary, and instrumental emotions

Week 3:

  • Productive emotion processing and processing difficulties

Week 4:

  • Markers and tasks in EFT: what intervention to use and when?
  • Examples of step-by-step emotion sequence to transform unproductive emotional states into productive emotional processes

Instructor: Carmine Malfitano, PhD, MSW, RSW Carmine is a registered social worker and psychotherapist at the Centre for Psychology and Emotional Health, a clinical social work specialist at the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre, a cross appointed social worker at The Hospital for Sick Children, a research associate at the Global Institute of Psychosocial, Palliative and End-of-Life Care, and an adjunct lecturer at the Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work, University of Toronto.

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