When: Friday and Saturday, May 18-19, 2018, 9am-4:30pm
Where: 40 Center Street, Northampton, MA 01060
Instructor: Nancy Knudsen, LMFT

This workshop was designed for those who had already received basic training in Emotionally Focused Therapy, but want to review theory and practice. Some didactic, some video demos, and some experiential exercises kept each day lively and varied.

Day 1: The Challenges of De-Escalation

The De-Escalation Stage of EFT Treatment took couples through the heightened negative cycle of conflict and disconnection to a place of new possibilities based on an emerging capacity for mutual empathy. Sound easy enough?

Participants reviewed steps 1-4 of Stage One Treatment along with the EFT skills involved, and troubleshot the common places where EFT therapists get stuck.

Day 2: Strengthening the Bond

Once a couple’s conflict cycle is quieted, many couples experience such relief that they are ready to terminate. But the real magic of EFT is actually the Stage Two work. This is when we help the couple deepen their bond with a new level of openness and vulnerability. Day 2 reviewed steps 5-7, first with withdrawer re-engagement and then pursuer softening, along with the EFT skills involved.

Nancy Knudsen, LMFT has devoted her 30 year career to serving couples and families in distress, most recently using the model of Emotionally Focused Therapy. She is a Certified EFT Supervisor, a Past President of MAMFT, a Founding Member of the New England Center for EFT, and Co-Director of CFINE.