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Emotion Focused Therapy and Trauma

Event number: 19278
6 CPD hours
Study Group Network
Presenter(s): Dr Melissa Harte MAPS

The EFT approach employs a series of client markers as indicators of client constructed experience, to direct the therapist in the choice of effective process interventions/tasks. Supervision in this area has tended to focus on appropriate use of tasks, the analysis of client emotional processing and the relationship developing between the client and counsellor. An extension of this more standard approach to EFT supervision has seen the development of supervision “in-mode” by using the method’s markers, to inform a supervision practice that is parallel to the EFT process. Tasks such as empty chair and two-chair work are used to debrief the counsellor, bring the client more to life, and to clarify for the counsellor those blind spots and dilemmas they are experiencing in the relationship. Supervision becomes less concentrated on the unknown client’s story and more on the counsellor’s experiencing of the work. 

This workshop offers supervisors and would-be supervisors with an opportunity to explore this experiential mode of supervision. 

Experiential exercises that involve participant involvement will highlight the process nature of EFT Supervision. Process markers will be presented both theoretically and experientially. These include: dealing with puzzling moments from past sessions; working through meaning protests where the therapist is challenged in practice to re-examine their own deepest convictions; managing unfinished business as in the experience of loss or disconnection from a client, and dealing with conflict splits seen as difficult choices of therapeutic action; or self-interruptive processes such as difficulty speaking the unspeakable. In this way it is possible to explore what happens when supervisor and supervisee are more present to the process in supervision, and allow there to be a flow between the work in therapy and subsequent reflection in supervision. 

Participants will be able to apply knowledge gained from this workshop and integrate into their supervision work.

Learning Outcomes:

At the conclusion of this event, participants will have gained understanding of

  • A brief understanding of supervision from an Emotion Focused Perspective (EFT)
  • How to identify appropriate supervision EFT interventions by the use of process markers 
  • Emotion regulation through grounding and other strategies for both therapist and clients 
  • Develop a safe environment in which encourages supervisee to self-reflect in supervision 
  • Have an opportunity to explore the concept of experiential supervision from an EFT perspective

Note for attendees (full day Study Groups only):

*The Study Group Network aims to keep fees affordable and does not provide lunch. Morning/afternoon tea is included and you are welcome to bring your own lunch or purchase something nearby.

About the presenter(s)

Dr Melissa Harte [B. App. Sci. (Med. Lab. Sci.), Grad. Dip. (Psych), B. Sci. (Hons) Psych, DPsych (Couns) Cert IV Training and Assessment] is a Counselling Psychologist who supports and assists people to improve their lives. Her diverse range of services includes; face-to-face counselling, training, supervision and professional development within an Emotion Focused Therapy (EFT) framework. Melissa established the Harte Felt Centre to ensure a secure working environment for client-centred healing practices in Australia and provide a supportive community for both practitioners and clients. In her clinical work and documented in her Doctoral research she extended Gendlin’s Focusing therapeutic intervention to assist individuals to work with painful and traumatic experiences. This proven method of reprocessing emotionally painful past events liberates her clients by breaking old patterns of behaviour and, in doing so, aids the process of true healing. Melissa’s uniquely structured workshops are personally transformational for therapists and are designed to assist those therapists to deliver more comprehensive services for their clients.


Please make sure you read the group description and details carefully before registering for a study group. CANCELLATION POLICY: As we keep study group fees to a minimum and presenters are paid according to the numbers who attend, we prefer not to provide refunds other than for 'exceptional, unforeseeable circumstances'. We are happy for you to nominate an alternative attendee or you may transfer to another study group, but only within 2 months as this adds extra admin costs. Cancellations up to 14 days prior to the study group you are registered for will receive a full refund. Cancellations within 1-13 days of the study group will receive a 50% refund. Cancellations within 24 hours of a study group will not be refunded. All cancellations must be given in writing.

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South Yarra

Hurstwood Clinic
Room 1, Level 1, 16A Toorak Rd,
South Yarra, VIC 3141
Venue is wheelchair accessible
Start date: 4/5/2018
End date: 4/5/2018
Time: 9.30am - 4.30pm


APS member: $193
APS student member: $193
Non APS member: $386


APS - Melbourne Branch
The Study Group Network (SGN) is an initiative of the APS Melbourne Branch designed to improve psychologists’ clinical and research skills and to keep them current with new developments.
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