Attachment theory and science offers couple therapist a map to key moments of injury and betrayal that undermine the safety of the bond between partners, destroy trust and block the creation of positive interactions. Attachment injuries occur when our expectations of secure bonding are violated in traumatic events such as affairs and abandonments at crucial moments of need such as medical diagnosis, job loss, miscarriage or loss of a parent. The therapist has to know how to systematically shape the forgiveness of such injuries and use this process in the service of helping the couple create a more secure bond. The EFT forgiveness model has 8 steps and constitutes a corrective emotional experience that restores trust and changes the impact of the injury on the relationship. Research has found this to be effective.
The identification and understanding of attachment injuries and their impact
The manner in which the EFT forgiveness model fits into the overall structure of therapy
The specific steps in this model and the interventions used by the therapist.
The successful structuring of forgiveness interactions can be a bonding experience that redefines the relationship in itself or can remove the blocks of fear and resentment that prevent the creation of such experiences. Case examples are used throughout
Describe and define attachment injuries and their impact
Outline the 8 steps in the forgiveness process and the key features of an effective apology
Describe the interventions used by the therapist
About the Speaker:
Susan Johnson, Ed.D., is the best selling author, clinical psychologist, distinguished research professor, dynamic speaker, and recognized innovator who has changed the field of couple therapy.
She is director of the International Center for Excellence in Emotionally Focused Therapy and distinguished research professor at Alliant University in San Diego, California, as well as professor of clinical psychology at the University of Ottawa, Canada. She trains counselors in EFT worldwide and is recognized as one of the most prominent researchers and presenters in the couple therapy field.
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