Full Course Description
Creating Healthy Attachment: A step by step guide to apply proven models in everyday therapy
Session 1—The Framework of EFT and Attachment – Part 1
- Understanding the Logic Behind Love
- The “EFT Tango”
- Designed for Love
- Couples Therapy: A New Era
- The Importance of a Secure Emotional Connection
- Using EFT to Understand the Nature of Relationships
- A New Science of Love
Session 2—The Framework of EFT and Attachment – Part 2
- Changing the Responsiveness to Threat with EFT
- EFT is Experiential
- Primary Affect – Exploring Pivotal Moments
- The 6 Core Emotions
- Working within the Emotion and Affect Regulation
- EFT Core Assumptions
- Code of Attachment – Primary Needs
- Attachment Theory – Map of the Landscape of Love
- EFT Stages & Steps
Session 3—Dyadic Development Psychotherapy – Part 1
- Attunement & Rhythmic Expression
- The Importance of Intersubjectivity
- Using Curiosity to Develop a Perception
- Using Attachment to Understand Developmental Trauma
- Research Supporting Attachment
- Self-Regulation – For the Therapist and for the Child
- Discipline in Secure Attachments vs. Insecure Attachments
- 3 Major Relational Systems in Mammals
Session 4—Dyadic Development Psychotherapy – Part 2
- Speaking for the Child: Verbal and Non-Verbal Responses
- Using PACE to Stay Open
First Panel Discussion with Dr. Sue Johnson and Dr. Dan Hughes
- How does EFT work with issues of rigid gender views, or a controlling dynamic?
- Creating Safety with Couples
- Creating Safety with Children
- What strategy does the therapist use to recognize their emotional response?
- How do you deal with dissociation in children?
Session 5—Applying EFT within an Attachment Framework
- The “Still Face Experiment”
- How Couples React to Emotional Disconnection
- EFT Stage1: De-escalation
- EFT Stage 2: Restructuring the Bond
- EFT Stage 3: Consolidation
- Interventions in EFT Through Reflection
- The Importance of Validation in Creating Safety
- We are Designed to Co-Regulate with Other People
- Evocative Responding – Process Enquiries
- Heightening, Expanding Awareness
Session 6—Dyadic Development Psychotherapy – Part 3
- Attachment is Reciprocal
- Using a Storytelling Rhythm to Engage Children with an Affective/Reflective Component
- Working with the Parents Before the Session
- Understanding the Situation, Bringing the Child In
- Protecting the Dialogue
- Continuing the Rhythm through the Hard Parts
- No Distinction Between Directive and Non-Directive Therapy
- Connect – Break – Repair
- Non-Verbal Communication
- Starting Experiential then Moving into Reflection
Dialogue on Treatment Models with Dr. Sue Johnson and Dr. Dan Hughes
- Dr. Sue: On Leading People into their Story, and Making Sense of it
- Dr. Dan: On Validating Both Parties on Having Confidence to go to the Heart of the Matter
- Dr. Sue: On Asking “Why”
- Dr. Dan: Why He Uses “Why” (within the Context of PACE)
- Dr. Sue: Validating the Positive within an Attachment Framework
- Dr. Dan: The Validation isn’t just Observational, but Experiential
- Dr. Sue: Both Practices Involve Emotional Presence with the Clients
- Dr. Sue: Intersubjective Mean both People Are Affected
- How do you deal with a parent of teen who puts up a wall?
- Dr. Sue: Take Care of the Relationship – The Bond – and the Content will Take Care of Itself
Second Panel Discussion with Dr. Sue Johnson and Dr. Dan Hughes
- How do you work with people where there is basic trust lacking?
- How do you work with biological parents who may have caused the trauma?
- Interventions take time, how do you manage the pressure to fix things quickly?
- How do you deal with labels or diagnoses?
- Can you give an example of a disruption or break in connection? What were your repair strategies?
- Describe the symptoms, causes and effects of secure and insecure attachment.
- Summarize how to foster safety for the child so they can face or resolve past trauma.
- Identify the three components of intersubjectivity and their treatment implications.
- Describe the PACE method and how it is used in the treatment of traumatized or attachment disordered youth.
- List the stages, steps and interventions of EFT.
- Describe the key conversations that shape bonding experiences.
- Describe strategies to use in order to recognize emotional response.
- Identify how to use attachment to understand developmental trauma.
- Summarize EFT to understand the nature of relationships.
Harnessing the Power of Emotion in Couples Therapy
- Distinguish Between Primary and Secondary Emotion
- Use Attachment Theory as a Road Map for Couples Work
- Soften Power Struggles and Reestablish Felt Connection
- Encourage Vulnerability by Incorporating the 3 S’s-Slow, Soft, Simple-in Your Therapeutic Style
- Use Focused Empathic Reflection to Reconnect, Repair and Rebuild their Bonds
- Explain why clients will attain better outcomes in therapy when therapists help them become more comfortable with emotion.
- Describe how therapists can work experientially with emotions in therapy.
- Discuss how to effectively address clients’ attachment issues in session.