Continuing Education

As a result of the COVID 19 pandemic there have been changes to our summer and fall 2020 continuing education programs for community based professionals.  Description of each Institute and registration forms come after the calendar section. 

2020 Training Calendar**

January 29 & January 30, 2020

  • Emotion Focused Skills Training (EFST) in Schools

February 3 and February 4, 2020

  • Practicing Skills for Managing Resistance and Ambivalence (AKA -  Learning Motivational Interviewing Through Deliberate Practice)

February  25 - February 28, 2020

  • Emotion Focused Skills Training (EFST) for Parents and Families

April 1 - April 4, 2020

  • EFT Level Two Spring Institute - CANCELLED

April 21 through April 24, 2020

  • EFT Institute for Complex Trauma - CANCELLED/NEW dates September 23 - 26, 2020

May 5 through May 8, 2020

  • EFT Level 1 Institute for Graduate Students {full, wait list only} - decision pending re: status

June 23 through June 25, 2020

  • Empathy & Empathic Attunement  in Emotion Focused Therapy - CANCELLED

August 4 through August 7, 2020 - Videoconference format

  • EFT Level 1 Summer Institute {full, wait list only}

August 11 - August 14, 2020 - Videoconference format

  • EFT Level Two Summer Institute

September 23 - September 26, 2020 - Change in Program

  • Emotion Focused Therapy for Complex Interpersonal Trauma
  • EFT Fall Level One Institute  New Dates October 28 - 31, 2020

October 20 - 23, 2020

  • Developing and Mastering  the Experiential Skills of the Emotion Focused Approach to Therapy

October 28 - 31, 2020

  • EFT Fall Level One Institute

November 4 - November 7, 2020

  • EFT Couples Institute

Description of Institutes/Workshops and Registration Forms

Emotion Focused Skills Training (EFST) in Schools - January 29 & 30, 2020

Increasingly, teachers and other school-personnel face challenges in their workdays when dealing with difficult emotional reactions from their students. Neuroscience helps us to understand these challenges by showing us that emotions are the primary motivator of human behaviour.  Emotion Focused Skills Training (EFST) in Schools is an innovative, ultra-simple and quickly effective teacher and school-personnel support program.

EFST supports teachers and school-personnel by empowering them to navigate the behavioural, emotional and relational challenges of everyday life at school, as well as the demands they may encounter when students, parents, or colleagues face challenges.

EFST fits seamlessly into the programs, initiatives and values that are already an important part of the school’s culture. Yet EFST also provides the piece that was “missing”.  Behavioural and cognitive educational interventions are enhanced by empowering teachers and school personnel to work effectively with emotion “in the moment,” to prevent escalation, to de-escalate the situation, and to reduce teacher (and school-personnel) stress. Most importantly, EFST fosters relationships that create the ideal working and learning environments for students and teachers alike.

Detailed Program description

Registration form EFST for Schools 2020

Practicing Skills for Managing Resistance and Ambivalence
AKA Learning Motivational Interviewing Through Deliberate Practice
February 3& 4, 2020

Dr. Henny Westra through her current research is developing an exciting new training program to enhance clinician skills in dealing with resistance and ambivalence.  This novel program has evolved through her initial research with Motivational Interviewing (MI)  an empirically supported treatment that has been shown to enhance engagement and outcomes (especially long-term outcomes) for numerous clinical problems.

This novel program has recently been reconstructed to be consistent with the latest training innovation in our field, namely the concept of “Deliberate Practice”. Deliberate Practice is the method used to train everyone from musicians, to athletes, to surgeons and it is now being applied to psychotherapy training. It involves the use of repeated feedback to actual specific scenarios and simulations in order shape and improve trainee responding. You will learn through involvement in a variety of engaging exercises & will grow in your skills as you get feedback about how to respond to those often complex and difficult scenarios. Scenarios include ambivalence, resistance, and even client hostility/anger across a wide variety of clinical domains (anxiety, eating disorder, addictions, health behaviors, etc.). Emphasis is placed on using videotape and other exercises to slow down and break down the complex process between client and therapist to help you identify moment-to-moment markers of ambivalence and resistance and then brainstorm effective responses to enhance client engagement. Emphasis is also placed on managing your own emotional reactions in these challenging encounters. You will also have the chance to apply and extend your learning to manage specific scenarios and client resistance statements you have encountered in your own clinical work and unique context.

Prepare to roll up your sleeves and work as this workshop is highly interactive.

Trainer:  Dr. Henny Westra

Westra article _ Testing the Efficacy of Deliberate Practice

MI and Deliberate Practice registration form 2020

Emotion Focused Skills Training (EFST) for Parents and Families - February 25 - 28, 2020

Emotion Focused Skills Training (EFST) for Parents and Families is an innovative, ultra-simple and quickly effective parent and family support program that facilitates a transformational partnership between families and professionals. EFST supports parents by empowering them as active, primary agents in guiding loved ones of any age through the behavioural, emotional and relational challenges of everyday living and relating, as well as through the challenges their loved ones face when struggling with a mental health issue, a physical health issue, or any other special circumstances including social and educational challenges.

This training will teach and train clinicians in the principles and techniques of delivering EFST for parents and families as a workshop or on an individual basis. Many clinicians who have not previously worked with families report finding in EFST a new skill set to support their clients through the challenges they face.

Trainer:  Dr. Joanne Dolhanty

Registration form EFST Families 2020

Emotion Focused Therapy - Level Two Spring Institute - April 1 - 4, 2020 - CANCELLED due to COVID-19

This four day Institute is designed to continue the development of emotion-focused skills for individual therapy. The enrollment is limited to 20 registrants so that participants get more opportunity to practice and experience advanced work with two-chair dialogue and unfinished business. Instruction focuses on the markers of self-interruption, vulnerability, trauma and alliance ruptures.

Trainers: Drs. Les Greenberg ( Days 1, 2, 4) and Serine Warwar (Day 3)

Fee: $1845.00

Registration form EFT L2 - Spring Institute 2020

Emotion Focused Therapy for Complex Trauma - April 21 through April 24, 2020 -Rescheduled due to COVID-19
New Dates:  September 23 - 26, 2020
Emotion Focused Therapy For Graduate Students - May 5 - 8, 2020 - VIDEOCONFERENCE FORMAT

This 4 day Institute has been designed to meet the needs of clinical graduate students both in terms of content and price. It describes the theoretical underpinnings of emotion-focused therapy and then provides skills based practice in using this approach.

Participants receive in depth skill training through a combination of brief lectures, video demonstrations, live modelling, case discussions and extensive supervised role-playing practice. Supervised role-playing practice will involve supervised experiential practice in which participants learn by working as both a client and a therapist in small groups.

Completion of this Institute, enables participants to register for the regular EFT Level Two Institute programs.

Trainers: Drs. Alberta Pos and Sandra Paivio

Registration form Student L1 2020 {full, wait list only}

Empathy & Empathic Attunement in Emotion-focused Therapy - CANCELLED

The clinic is pleased to offer this new training Institute. Empathy is recognized as a trans theoretical construct that contributes to positive outcomes across different therapeutic approaches (Watson, Steckley & McMullen, 2014). This workshop will provide participants with a solid grounding in the skills required to be maximally empathic with their clients, to work more effectively in emotion focused psychotherapy, and develop productive therapeutic alliances.

Participants will be trained in the skills of moment-by-moment attunement to clients’ experience in the session to facilitate clients cognitive-affective processing in emotion-focused psychotherapy. Skills training will include a combination of brief lectures, video demonstrations, case discussions and supervised practice in experiential exercises.

This training will provide therapists from a variety of clinical backgrounds with an opportunity to enhance their skills of empathic attunement in emotion-focused psychotherapy.

Learning Objectives:

  • Participants will gain a differentiated understanding of empathy
  • Participants will identify ways to enhance their empathic resonance
  • Participants will differentiate empathic response modes in EFT
  • Participants will learn to intervene differentially using empathic markers
  • Participants will learn how to help clients process overwhelming emotion, self-criticism, and emotional injuries from the past

Trainer:  Dr. Jeanne Watson

Empathy and Empathic Attunement Institute Description

Registration form EFT EMPATHY 2020 

Emotion-focused Therapy Summer Institutes 2020- NEW FORMAT

The 23th annual Toronto summer Emotion-Focused Institutes (level one & two) will now be offered through videoconference technology.  The 4 day content will be presented over 5 days to help mitigate "videoconference fatigue". The Institutes still involve the important experiential practice of the processes being taught. There is a 20% discount in fees as a result of this different training format. The revised dates are August 4 - 8, 2020 (level one) and August 11 - 15, 2020 (level two).

Institute Hours (eastern daylight savings time)

Day 1    8:30 - 4:30
Day 2    8:30 - 1:30
Day 3    8:30 - 1:30
Day 4    8:30 - 1:30
Day 5    9:00 - 1:00

EFT Level One Content

Please register early as enrollment is strictly limited to 30 participants for Level One (Fee: $1445.00 CDN NOW $1156.) and 20 participants for Level Two (Fee: $1895 Now $1476 CDN). Registration can be secured in each Institute with a $250.00 non-refundable deposit.

Trainers: Drs. Les Greenberg (Days 1, 2, & 4 content)  and Serine Warwar (Day 3 content)

Registration form - summer institutes 2020

Level 1 Summer 2020 - full, wait list only

Emotion Focused Therapy for Complex Trauma - September 23 - 26, 2020

This four-day training is geared toward practicing professionals with a basic knowledge of Emotion-Focused Therapy (e.g., EFT Level One). It includes material on the nature of complex trauma and the central role of narrative and emotional processes in the development of disturbance, the EFTT treatment model and how EFTT addresses central features of disturbance. Training also includes numerous videotaped examples illustrating EFTT treatment principles, and supervised peer-skills practice. Practice will focus on the general principles of EFT specifically tailored to the needs of this client group over the phases of EFTT. This includes training in interventions for cultivating and maintaining a safe and empathic therapeutic relationship; for evoking and processing trauma feelings and memories; for reducing fear, avoidance, and shame; for resolving attachment injuries with specific perpetrators through expressions of anger and sadness; and alternatives to chair-work for clients who are unable or unwilling to engage in these evocative procedures.  This training will also introduce participants to yoga-based interventions that address client difficulties with emotion awareness, regulation and reflection that interfere with engagement in EFTT procedures, emotional transformation, and change

Trainer:  Dr. Sandra Paivio
Co-facilitator:  Katlin Robinson, Certified Yoga Therapist

registration form EFT Trauma 2020

EFT Level One Fall Institute - September 23 - 26, 2020 New Date - October 28 - October 31, 2020)

This intensive 4 day training Institute provides participants with solid grounding in the skills required to work more directly with emotions in psychotherapy. The focus of the program will be experiential, learning how to provide change in core emotional structures. Participants receive in depth skill training through a combination of brief lectures, video demonstrations, live modelling, case discussions and extensive supervised role-playing practice.

Trainers: Drs. Les Greenberg  (DAys 1, 2, & 4) and Serine Warwar (Day 3)

Fee: $1445

Registration form EFT L1 - Fall Institute 2020  {Full - wait list only}


Developing and Mastering the Experiential Skills of the Emotion Focused Approach to Therapy - October 20 - 23, 2020

This four-day training will provide training and guided practice to develop and enhance participants’ mastery in utilizing the experiential skills of the Emotion Focused approach to therapy. The purpose is to:

  1. Develop core and advanced skills and techniques to build self-efficacy with recognizing, exploring and utilizing emotion,  emotion markers, and emotion processes.
  2. Develop and expand emotion focused chair skills to enhance motivation-to-change and facilitate transformation.

Skills will be broken down into micro-skills to facilitate learning and mastery. This training places strong emphasis on experiential learning and will be highly focused on practice change at all levels of experience.

Trainer: Dr. Joanne Dolhanty

Fee: $1295.00

Reg Form Experiential SKills of EF Approach to Therapy

registration form EFT Trauma 2020

EFT Couples Institute - November 4 - 7, 2020

This 4 day skills based training institute will cover the 5 stage, 14 step expanded model of EFT-C focusing on attachment and identity needs and self and other soothing. As an emotion-focused therapy we focus on how to work with emotions such as anger, sadness, fear and shame. Participants will be asked to identify key interactional cycles in their own primary relationships and work on undoing these by accessing their own primary underlying emotions in the training.

EFT Couples Institute Description

Fee: $1295.00

Trainers: Drs. Les Greenberg (Days 1 & 2) and Serine Warwar (Days 3 & 4)

registration form - 2020 EFT Couples Institute

** York University Psychology Clinic reserves the right to cancel any registration at its sole discretion, in which case a full refund will be provided.

Cancellation Policy for 1 - 2 day training events

When cancellations are made more than 14 days prior to the workshop date, you have a choice: receive a refund (less $50.00 administration charge) or a credit for the full amount (less $20.00) to any future York University Psychology Clinic (YUPC) workshop.

If cancellation is received fewer than 14 days prior to the workshop date you will receive a credit (less $50.00 administration charge) to any future YUPC workshop.

We regret that a refund/credit cannot be offered if your cancellation is not received at least one full business day prior to the day of the workshop. Alternatively, a colleague may attend in your place at no extra cost. Please notify us in advance of the name of the person attending.

Cancellation Policy for 3 & 4 day Institutes

The 3 & 4 day Institutes requires a $250.00 non-refundable deposit. These non-refundable deposits are not transferable, unless we are able to fill the vacancy created by the change in plans. Please note, that if registration payment is transferred it is only transferable once.

When cancellations are made 28 days prior to the workshop date, you have a choice: receive a refund (less the $250.00 non-refundable deposit)or a credit towards a future Institute.

We regret that a refund/credit cannot be offered if your cancellation is received with fewer than 28 days notice prior to the workshop date.