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Workshop Series on the Emotionally Focused Therapy

Seton Hall offers a three-part virtual workshop series on Emotionally Focused Therapy. Offered Sunday evenings from 7:30 - 8:30 p.m. on April 11, 18 and 25, the workshops are led by Alan Groveman, Ph.D., program Director of the Seton Hall's Marriage and Family Therapy program.

Continuing education credits are available for psychologists and Licensed Professional Counselors. The series is open to current students and alumni of the College of Education and Human Service's professional psychology and family therapy program, as well as students and graduates of the College of Nursing and Seton Hall's social work programs.

The EFT Model

Emotionally Focused Therapy is a short-term, structured therapy, that can be used with couples, families and individuals. Research studies find that 70-75% of couples move from distress to recovery in 10-12 sessions and 90% show significant improvement. It is currently the best delineated and most empirically validated therapy of the past 25 years.

Distress between couples and within families arises from a perceived threat of the loss of the basic human needs for safety, security, and closeness in intimate relationships. EFT therapists help clients understand the negative interactions that leave them feeling distant, hurt, or angry. We help clients to:

  • Change the emotional responses that maintain their old pattern.
  • To understand each other more fully.
  • To develop the ability to connect more deeply.

As a result, communication becomes easier and more effective. Couples and family members are better able to solve problems and work cooperatively.

Workshop 1

Sunday, April 11 7:30 – 8:30 p.m.

This workshop focuses on the first stage of EFT - Assessment and Cycle De-escalation - and the steps that form the structure for de-escalating couple and family discord.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Develop a clear understanding of the basic experiential and systemic concepts of an "Emotionally Focused" approach to couple and family therapy.
  2. Conceptualize distress and relationship repair based on theories of attachment and emotion.
  3. Identify requisite skills required in helping couples and families reprocess the emotional responses that maintain relational distress.
  4. Utilize the phenomenon of couple and family distress in an attachment context

Workshop 2

Sunday, April 18, 7:30 – 8:30 p.m.

This workshop looks at the second and third stages of the EFT Model: Changing international positions and creating new bonding event; and Consolidation/Integration.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Develop specific skills to overcome therapeutic impasses with couples and families.
  2. Develop skills to create change events in therapy that foster a more secure bond between partners, or family members
  3. Demonstrate skills in helping shape new interaction patterns and bonding events
  4. Recognize and effectively intervene to resolve common impasses and difficult issues in couple and family therapy

Workshop 3

Sunday, April 25, 7:30 – 8:30 p.m.

The third and final workshop in the EFT series will address the dysregulation often presented by couples and families in counseling. Affect regulation, is a critical component of couple and family work. The dyadic regulatory interaction between a couple, or family members, plays a significant role in stabilizing relationship.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Name three neurological circuits involved in affect regulation
  2. Describe two distinct theories of affect regulation and how they differ
  3. Explain the role of the amygdala in emotional responses and what is meant by the amygdala hijack
  4. Describe the DART process and how it can be used to regulate the hypo and hyper aroused couple

Post-Workshop evaluations will be obtained using Qualtrics.

1.5 CE credits, for each workshop, are available through the New Jersey Collaborative for Emotionally Focused Therapy an approved American Psychological Association sponsor of continuing education for psychologists. The New Jersey Collaborative for Emotionally Focused Therapy maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

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About the Instructor

Alan GrovemanAll workshops will be presented by Alan Groveman, Ph.D, ABPP. Dr. Groveman is the program director of Seton Hall’s Marriage and Family Therapy program, as well as the interim director of the on-campus Counseling/Professional Counseling Program in the Department of Professional Psychology and Family Therapy. He is a New Jersey and Rhode Island licensed psychologist, and is Board Certified in Couple and Family Psychology by the American Board of Professional Psychology. Dr. Groveman is a certified EFT therapist and supervisor.

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