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Emotion-Focused Therapy for Trauma

10th Anniversary Workshop Series on Trauma

Emotion Focused Therapy for Trauma (EFTT) is an integrative therapeutic model that extends and tailors the general theory of emotion focused therapy (EFT) to the area of interpersonal trauma. This model has more than twenty years of research involving clinical trials, observation and analysis of therapy sessions, as well as extensive clinical experience which demonstrates its effectiveness for healing complex trauma. This 2-day workshop introduces participants to the nature of complex trauma, EFTT theory and research, and the fundamentals of the EFTT treatment model.

Participants will learn:

  • The nature of complex trauma and the central role of emotional processes in disturbance
  • The EFTT treatment model and how therapy addresses central features of disturbance
  • Intervention guidelines for the phases of therapy and corresponding therapeutic tasks, including cultivating an empathic therapeutic alliance; promoting emotion regulation; reducing fear, avoidance, and shame; accessing anger and sadness
  • Interventions to help clients safely confront trauma feelings and memories (with and without chair-work) and construct more adaptive meaning regarding self, others, and traumatic events

There is limited number of spaces available for this workshop so we encourage you to register early and avoid being disappointed.

Sandra Paivio, Ph.D., C. Psych., is currently a consultant at the York University Psychology Clinic where she provides individual psychotherapy, graduate training, and supervision. She is Professor Emeritus in the Psychology Department at the University of Windsor, and has 20+ years of clinical experience. She is one of the developers of emotion-focused therapy, particularly applied to complex trauma (EFTT), and has conducted clinical trials evaluating the efficacy and processes of change in EFTT.  Dr. Paivio is an author of numerous publications on trauma and psychotherapy, including co-author (with Les Greenberg) of Working with Emotions in Psychotherapy, author (with Antonio Pascual-Leone) of Emotion-focused Therapy for Complex Trauma, co-author (with Lynne Angus) of a forthcoming book on Narrative Processes in Emotion-focused Therapy for Trauma, and is featured in two APA videotapes illustrating EFTT. Dr. Paivio has presented numerous workshops nationally and internationally and provided intensive graduate student and professional training in EFT and EFT specifically for trauma. She also is an invited member of the APA (Division 56) working group developing best practice guidelines for complex trauma and received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Trauma Section of the CPA in 2014. Dr. Paivio maintains a part-time private practice in Toronto.

Date: Friday October 28, 2016 from 9:00 am — 4:30 pm &

Saturday October 29, 2016 from 9:00 am — 4:30 pm


Cancellation Policy:
OPTI will provide refunds up to 14 days prior to this course upon receipt of email cancellation to All refunds are subject to a $100 administrative fee. We regret that a refund or credit cannot be offered if your cancellation request is after 14 days.


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