Masterclass Kathryn Rheems & Leanne Campbell - Zaterdag 7 maart 2020

08.30 uur Ontvangst

09.00 uur

Masterclass Kathryn Rheem & Leanne Campbell
The “How To” of Working with the Echoes of Trauma in Emotionally Focused Couple Therapy (EFCT)

The echoes of unresolved trauma live in the bodies of our clients and come alive in their sensations. A common response to feelings of danger, risk or embarrassment is to pull away, to detach, to shrink, to hide. In situations involving intolerable distress, such as childhood neglect and/or trauma and/or cumulative exposure to trauma, this detachment narrows one’s experience, and similarly constricts self/personality development, as well as the capacity to trust others and to manage difficult affect (i.e., narrows capacity to regulate affect/windows of tolerance). Emotional dysregulation, known as the hallmark of trauma, comes alive physically, disorients our clients, scrambles communication, and blocks intimacy. Uncomfortable and distressing sensations – cues for survival, and friends from the past – become triggers in the context of demands for intimacy, typically leading to anger and/or withdrawal, widening the distance between partners and reducing the possibilities for personal growth. Working with, distilling and sharing inner experiences (e.g., sensations, emotions) often feels dangerous to our clients but is the antidote to restoring and/or deepening connection, both with self and other.

In this one-day Master Class, Drs. Rheem and Campbell, long-time ICEEFT trainers, will apply EFT to trauma survivor couples with a focus on sensation and the body, and the impact of trauma on self/personality development, and on the capacity to love and be loved, and to regulate the range of emotions associated with fully living and thriving. Through teaching, video presentation, and experiential learning, participants will learn how to use voice, reflection, and deepening interventions to help partners make contact with their sensations, stay in contact with them in order to assemble, distill and deepen associated emotions, and to then share these inner experiences with each other and thereby break the familiar yet dreaded feeling of emotional isolation, a common result of enduring trauma. The importance of the clinician’s ability to monitor and respond to client’s moment-to-moment experiences will be highlighted, with an emphasis on:

  • clinical assessment and identification of various personal and relationship factors that impact clinical decision-making and therapeutic pacing (of both intrapsychic and interpersonal work),
  • and the HOW of working intrapsychically piece-by-piece with each partner in order to work interpersonally to create healing and deeper connection between them.

Learning Objectives:
By the end of the workshop, participants will have an increased understanding of:

  1. The impact of trauma from an attachment perspective, with attention to developmental and relationship factors, and with regard to mental health assessment and intervention more generally.
  2. The key interventions central in working with trauma with couples, with attention to heightening and/or containing emotion, and working within the ‘therapeutic window’ (i.e., clients’ window of tolerance) both individually and relationally.
  3. How to work with bodily sensations and with emotion ‘moment-to-moment’ with the overall goal of facilitating bonding and trauma resolution, and positively revising models of self and other and durably shifting affect regulation capacities. .
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