Emotion-focused therapy : how to change emotion with emotion ? (Graduate Seminar)

11.12.2018 14:00 – 18:00

Change observed in psychotherapy may always involve some kind of emotion change. Despite this generality, only a few psychotherapy approaches put emotion, and emotion change, at the core of its theory: emotion-focused therapy (EFT) is one of them. EFT goes beyond common conceptions in Clinical Psychology which understand emotion often as a by-product of functions such as cognition, attachment or drive: EFT assumes that psychotherapy’s core mechanisms of change involves the person’s accessing of deep, productive and freshly experienced emotion, within a prizing and valuing relationship. It is accessing and using the adaptive information contained in an experienced emotion that ignites a deep transformation process conducive to change. Research carried out over the past 40 years has shown that this mechanism indeed explains symptom change in EFT, and, to slightly different extents, in a broad and diverse panoply of psychotherapy approaches. This makes productive emotional processing a promising integrative variable for understanding and optimizing the effects of psychotherapy.
This graduate seminar will enable the participants to a) gain insight into the origins and the central concepts of EFT, b) understand emotion in psychotherapy from a change (i.e., transformative) perspective, c) differentiate between emotional processes relevant for change in psychotherapy, d) get familiar with methodological tools for the study of emotion change in psychotherapy, e) learn how to identify specific emotion types, and assess their productivity for change, as they emerge in the therapy hour.
All along the seminar, a focus will be laid on the empirical status of the concepts presented, as well as on the opportunity to gain an immediate experience with the client’s emotion in the therapy hour, by working on selected video excerpts.


Bâtiment: Campus Biotech

Room H8.01D

Organisé par

Centre interfacultaire en sciences affectives (CISA)


Ueli Kramer, PD, PhD, University of Lausanne and University of Windsor

entrée libre


Catégorie: Journée d'étude

Mots clés: Emotions, Psychotherapy, CISA, emotion-focused therapy

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