DPA - Delaware Psychological Association

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    • November 09, 2018
    • November 10, 2018
    • 2 sessions
    • Bethany Beach Ocean Suites

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    November 9th and 10th

    DPA's 16th Annual Convention!

    Using Emotionally Focused Therapy with Difficult Clients

    Presented by:

    Ting Liu, Ph.D.

    Bethany Beach Ocean Suites

    Reserve your discounted room here.

    Please see the full Program Brochure for more details.

    Registration opens to all 9/17.


    One of the most common challenges for therapists is to engage the silent, withdrawn, and/or reluctant client who expresses little feelings, thoughts, interest, or wishes in therapy.  Many clinicians struggle to find effective interventions that can engage the inexpressive partner. It becomes particularly challenging to do so in couples therapy while the therapist has to draw out the withdrawing partner, while validating the pursuing partner and maintain secure alliance with both.

    On the other hand, highly escalated clients present unique challenges for the therapist. Clinicians often feel frustrated and overwhelmed when they are unable to help clients reduce their reactivity, regain self-control, increase their awareness, or treat their partners constructively.

    Join internationally renowned EFT trainer, Ting Liu, Ph.D., for a two-day workshop on applying Emotionally Focused Therapy to these challenging situations in both individual and couples therapy. Suitable for clinicians with a basic understanding of attachment and family systems, the workshop will teach hands-on techniques for de-escalating intense negative emotions in therapy. Attendees will learn interventions and treatment strategies to interrupt destructive arguments, reduce emotional arousal, create safety, and develop constructive interactional cycles that promote secure bonding. Moreover, therapeutic interventions to engage and empower the inexpressive partners will be introduced. 

    The workshop will utilize dyadic presentation, video examples, and experiential exercises so participants can immediately apply the skills being taught.


    DAY ONE:

    Engaging the Withdrawn and Resistant Client in Individual and Couples Therapy: An EFT Perspective

    Learning Objectives

    At the conclusion of Day 1 of this program, participants will be able to:

    1. Understand clients’ emotional, cognitive, behavioral processes underlying the withdrawal and resistance.

    2. Learn about the functions of clients’ withdrawal and resistance on both intrapsychic and interactional levels. 3. Understand common factors in psychotherapy, empathizing the importance of therapeutic alliance.

    4. Learn to set treatment goals and case conceptualization using the theoretical underpinning of EFT.

    5. Apply speci c EFT interventions with withdrawn and resistant clients in both individual and couples therapy.

    6. Explore self-as-therapist issues associated with working with withdrawn and resistant clients.

    DAY TWO:

    Soothing the Highly Escalated Clients in Individual and Couples Therapy: An EFT Perspective

    Learning Objectives

    At the conclusion of Day 2 of this program, participants will be able to:

    1. Understand clients’ emotional, cognitive, behavioral processes underlying the escalation of con icts.

    2. Learn about the functions of clients’ anger and expression of anger on both intrapsychic and interactional levels.

    3. Apply EFT theory and interventions to access the vulnerability of highly escalated clients.


    Ting Liu, Ph.D, the clinical director of PCEFT, is a certi ed EFT (Emotionally Focused erapy) trainer, supervisor and therapist. She is licensed in Pennsylvania as a Marriage and Family erapist and is an Approved Supervisor with the American Association of Marriage & Family erapy. She maintains a Private Practice in Wayne, PA and can be contacted via email better.relationship @ gmail.com. Dr. Liu received her doctorate in Child Development and Family Studies with a specialization in Marriage and Family erapy from Purdue University. She completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the Center for Family Intervention Science at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. Her publications include four books she has translated into Chinese in the eld of MFT and EFT. She has also published several journal articles on

    di erent applications of EFT, and wrote a chapter on multi-cultural therapy in the EFT casebook. She is currently involved in several outcome studies examining the cultural applicability of EFT to diverse populations. Dr.
    Liu o ers EFT training, supervision, and case consultation to therapists in the Philadelphia area, as well as to therapists in Beijing, Hong Kong, London, Shanghai, Shenzen, Singapore, Taipei, and Tokyo. She specializes in multi-cultural applications of EFT, in delity issues, mood disorders, and Emotionally Focused Family erapy with adolescents.



    8-9am: Registration and Continental Breakfast

    9am-12:15pm: Understand Withdrawn and Resistant Clients

    12:15-1:15pm: Lunch

    1:15-4:30pm: Working with Withdrawn and Resistant Clients: Application of EFT Individual and Couples Therapy

    5:30-6:30pm: Student Poster Presentations, cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, browse exhibits and silent auction items 

    6:30-9:00pm Buffet Dinner and Silent Auction


    7:30-9:00am: Continental Breakfast (for all conference attendees)

    8:00-9:00am: DPA Annual Meeting (all members invited)

    9:00-12:15pm: Working with Highly Escalated Clients: Application of EFT Individual and Couples Therapy

Past events

June 01, 2018 CE Workshop - Awareness, Identification & Management of Culture-based Countertransference
May 04, 2018 CE Workshop - Theaters of the Mind; The Psychodynamics of Dream Process
March 16, 2018 Mindfulness for Clients and Ourselves: Concepts, Benefits, and Practices
November 10, 2017 DPA Annual Convention: Treating Complex Trauma and Paying Attention to Your Own Self-Care
September 08, 2017 Developing and REsearching Advanced Models of Integrated Primary Care (DREAM IPC Conference)
August 25, 2017 Sexual Attitude Reassessment (SAR)
June 16, 2017 CE Workshop - Beyond the Basics of Sleep
May 12, 2017 CE Workshop - The Trust presents: Legal and Ethical Risks and Risk Management in Professional Psychological Practice Sequence VII: Working with Couples and Families, Risk Management with the Suicidal Patient, and Legal and Ethical Issues
April 28, 2017 CE Workshop - Minimizing Health Disparities
April 07, 2017 Issues Arising in Cases of Parental Alienation
March 17, 2017 CE Workshop - What Every Psychologist Needs to Know About Law
February 23, 2017 Mentor Mentee Mixer
December 02, 2016 The Trust's Ethics and Risk Management Webinar: "The Affordable Care Act and Professional Psychology: Everything You Didn't Want to Know and Were Afraid to Ask"
October 21, 2016 DPA Annual Convention - Interpersonal Treatment of Eating Disorders, Disordered Eating and Body Image Issues: Integrating Neurobiology, Attachment, Affect Regulation and Clinical Conundrums
September 09, 2016 Down State Social
June 10, 2016 Psychopharmacology Update Children, Teens & Adults
March 11, 2016 "Reporting Child Abuse: The Legal Mandate"
October 23, 2015 DPA Annual Convention - Integrating Behavioral Health and Primary Care: The Business Case, the Skills Needed, and the Future
June 12, 2015 Ethics and Risk Management in the Age of The Affordable Care Act: Everything You Didn't Want to Know and Were Afraid to Ask
May 02, 2015 13th Annual NAMI Delaware Walk
April 30, 2015 Interdisciplinary Integrated Care Forum
April 17, 2015 Introduction to WISC-V
February 27, 2015 CBT for Pediatric Anxiety and Related Conditions
December 05, 2014 Executive Council Annual Planning Meeting
October 24, 2014 DPA Annual Convention - Developmental Milestones and Clinical Practice with Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender and Sexually-Fluid Individuals
October 03, 2014 Executive Council Meeting
October 02, 2014 DPA Members Downstate Social
September 05, 2014 Executive Council Meeting
August 01, 2014 Executive Council Meeting
July 11, 2014 Executive Council Meeting
June 13, 2014 Sussex County - Boundaries, Borders, and Multiplicities in Psychotherapy: Ethics and Professionalism for Psychologists
June 13, 2014 New Castle County - Boundaries, Borders, and Multiplicities in Psychotherapy: Ethics and Professionalism for Psychologists
May 16, 2014 CE Workshop - Dialectical Behavior Therapy: Theory, Practice, and Strategies to Enhance Distress Tolerance
May 03, 2014 12th Annual NAMI Delaware Walk
March 14, 2014 Executive Council Meeting
March 07, 2014 Continuing Education Workshop: "Treating Children, Adolescents and Young Adults with Autism Spectrum Disorders"
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