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Emotion-Focused Therapy - Individual Therapy Introductory Training

Wednesday, 29 August 2018


Emotion-Focused Therapy (EFT) is an evidence-based experiential psychotherapy in the humanistic tradition of Person-Centered and Gestalt therapy. EFT builds on a strong theoretical foundation of emotion theory and uses powerful emotionally focused, experiential techniques to help clients express, understand and restructure their emotions.

In 2019, the School of Arts and Humanities will be hosting an in-depth four day training program on EFT that will provide an introduction and solid basis to working with emotion in psychotherapy.

Training overview

Emotion-Focused Therapy, the process experiential approach is one of the most vibrant, empirically-grounded and emerging ‘tribes’ of the person-centred and experiential approach to psychotherapy. It has gained international renown through the work of Les Greenberg, Robert Elliott, Jeanne Watson, Rhonda Goldman and their colleagues.

This four-day programme will provide participants with a solid grounding in the skills required to work more directly with emotion in psychotherapy. Participants will receive in-depth skills training through a combination of brief lectures, video demonstrations, live modelling, case discussions, and extensive supervised role-playing practice. The workshop will begin with a discussion of basic principles and the role of emotion and emotional awareness in function and dysfunction. Differential interventions based on process diagnoses will be demonstrated. Videotaped examples of evidence-based methods for evoking and processing overwhelming emotions, negative treatment of self, including self-criticism and self-silencing as well as emotional injuries from the past will be presented and discussed.

Participants will be trained to attune moment-by-moment to affect, and in the use of methods to facilitate dialogues between different parts of the self and imagined significant others. This training will provide therapists from different backgrounds with an opportunity to expand and develop their therapeutic skills and interests.

Educational objectives

Participants on the training programme will learn:

  1. To implement the basic principles of EFT;
  2. To identify different types of emotional expression;
  3. To identify when to help clients contain and when to access emotion;
  4. To access adaptive emotions to produce change; and
  5. To facilitate emotional processing to resolve negative relational processes with self and others.


The training will count towards certification as an EFT therapist with the International Society for Emotion Focused Therapy.

About the trainer

Professor Jeanne Watson is one of the initial and primary developers of emotion focused psychotherapy, the process experiential approach (EFT). She is one of the founders of the International Society for Emotion Focused Psychotherapy (ISEFT), along with Doctors Leslie Greenberg, Rhonda Goldman and Robert Elliott. Currently, Professor Watson teaches Clinical and Counselling Psychology in the Department of Applied Psychology and Human Development, at the Ontario Institute of Education at the University of Toronto, Canada.

As a major exponent of humanistic-experiential psychotherapy, Professor Watson has made important contributions to the development of Emotion Focused Psychotherapy through her contributions to theory, research and practice. Dr Watson conducts research on the process and outcome of Emotion Focused Psychotherapy, with a landmark study that compared emotion focused psychotherapy with cognitive behavioural psychotherapy in the treatment of depression. She has co-authored and co-edited a total of 8 books and over 70 articles and chapters on the theory and practice of Emotion Focused Psychotherapy, with special emphasis on the role of the therapeutic relationship conditions, the alliance, therapist empathy, emotional expression, depression and generalised anxiety disorder. Her most recent book is entitled Emotion-focused Therapy for Generalized Anxiety (2017) co-authored with Dr Leslie Greenberg.

Jeanne received the Outstanding Early Career Achievement Award from the International Society for Psychotherapy Research (SPR) in 2002 in recognition of her contributions to research and was a member of the SPR executive committee from 2012 -2016 serving as President of the Society from 2014 - 2015. She is a Fellow of the American Psychology Association.

Professor Watson teaches workshops in EFT in Europe and North America and has been nominated by her students for supervision and teaching awards. Her workshops are consistently met with high praise, particularly for her warm and engaging style of teaching.


Dr Jason Sharbanee is a Lecturer in Clinical Psychology at Edith Cowan University.

He has extensive experience in Emotion-Focused Therapy, beginning training in the approach in 2010. Subsequently he has been trained and supervised in EFT by the principal developer of the approach, Leslie Greenberg, over several years. This included moving to Toronto for two years to conduct research in EFT, and to do a clinical internship at the Emotion Focused Therapy clinic at York University in Toronto.

Jason currently is a Lecturer in the Masters of Clinical Psychology program at Edith Cowan University, where he teaches psychotherapy to postgraduate trainees, and conducts research into the process of change during psychotherapy. His published research includes a chapter in the forthcoming Clinical Handbook of Emotion-Focused Therapy. He maintains a clinical practice at Cygnet Clinic.

Event details

Emotion-Focused Therapy - Level 1

Dates: Tuesday, 29 January – Friday,1 February 2019
Time: 9.00am - 5.00pm daily
Venue: ECU Mount Lawley Campus. 2 Bradford Street, Mount Lawley Perth WA
Standard - $1,550
ECU Staff or Student - $1,400
Morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea provided
Register: Please register your attendance online.

For further information please:


Dr Jason Sharbanee
Telephone: 6304 3840


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