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EFT for Complex Trauma

Date: 15 May 2019 - 17 May 2019


Complex trauma, refers to repeated exposure to threat of violence, including domestic violence (as victim or witness), and childhood abuse. This workshop particularly focuses on complex interpersonal developmental trauma related to childhood maltreatment. Reactions to these experiences appear to be much more complicated and are often classified in terms of cumulative trauma disorder.

Course Content

Emotion-Focused Therapy for Trauma (EFTT) is based on an empirically-verified model that identifies steps in the process of resolving past relational issues. This three-day workshop is for practitioners with a basic knowledge of Emotion-Focused Therapy. 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. The workshop uses numerous video demonstrating EFTT treatment principles. There is also a heavy emphasis on supervised peer-skills practice.

Learning Objectives

- Understand the nature of complex trauma and the central role of emotional processes in disturbance.

- Understand the EFTT treatment model and how therapy addresses central features of disturbance.

- Apply Imaginal Confrontation (IC) procedure (empty-chair dialogue with perpetrators of abuse and neglect).

- Apply Empathic Exploration (EE) as an alternative to IC without the use of emptychair, and re-experiencing traumatic events to transform maladaptive fear and shame.

- Practice experiential focusing and two-chair dialogue procedures.

- Practice helping client engage in self-soothing interventions and resolving issues with perpetrators.


Sandra Paivio, PhD., C. Psych, is Professor Emeritus in the Department of Psychology, University of Windsor. She maintains a private practice in Toronto, Canada. She is one of the developers of emotion-focused therapy, particularly applied to complex trauma (EFTT), has conducted clinical trials evaluating the efficacy and processes of change in EFTT, and is author of numerous publications on trauma and psychotherapy. These include Emotion-Focused Therapy for Complex Trauma (with Antonio Pascual-Leone) and a forthcoming book (with Lynne Angus) on Narrative Processes in Emotion-focused Therapy for Trauma. Dr. Paivio is featured in several videotapes published by the American Psychological Association, and received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Trauma Section of the Canadian Psychological Association (2014) for her contributions to research and training in treatment for complex trauma.

Duration: 9 am to 5 pm

Venue: To be determined

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Super Early Bird [before 15 Feb]: $1100
Early Bird [before 15 Apr]: $1200
Normal [from 15 Apr]: $1300

Language: English

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