Attuning to Emotional Processes Series 2019-2020

8:30 am to 3:30 pm

During interaction with one another and with the therapists, family members often experience frequent fluctuations in their comfort level. There is often significant anxiety. To be most effective, it is critical that therapists attune to and track these fluctuations in family member emotional states.  When family members feel therapists are in sync with them, the alliance becomes stronger, and they become more open to trying to connect and relate differently in sessions.  When therapists notice family member emotional states, they are better able to foster positive interactions between family members and reduce blame and judgment.   The main goal of this workshop is to help therapists understand the concepts of anxiety, negative emotional states, and emotional regulation, and how they show themselves in family relationships.  In cases presented for case consultation, Dr. Pollack draws on her training in Emotionally Focused therapy and attachment theory to help therapists look beneath family member behavioral presentations, identify underlying emotional states, and help family members to practice connecting more authentically.   Therapists will be asked to reflect on their own emotions and reactions toward family members. Guidance is provided on how this personal awareness can be used to move the therapy forward.

As a result of participating in these clinicals, therapists will be able to:

  1. Explain the role of anxiety and emotion regulation in negative interactions in families
  2. Recognize clues that a family member is experiencing anxiety in sessions and needs additional support
  3. Attune to fluctuations in one’s emotions and how this shapes responses to family members in sessions
  4. Identify emotion-based strategies for establishing an empathic connection between caregivers and their children
  5. Recognize patterns of closeness and distance in family relationships
  6. Create and maintain a positive emotional connection with all members of the family

This clinical series counts toward required annual training hours in Family Based Mental Health Services, but is not currently available for CE credit.

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