Johnson will explain how relationships are a form of improvised dance, a neural duet that constantly changes and ultimately transforms the dancers. You’ll learn about the pivotal role of emotional security in a couple’s relationship and how building upon an understanding of the “science of love” can help couples rekindle intimacy and experience a lasting emotional bond.
Susan Johnson, Ed.D., professor of clinical psychology, is one of the originators of Emotionally Focused Therapy, as one of the most empirically validated approaches to couples work. She's the director of the Ottawa Couple and Family Institute and the International Center for Excellence in EFT. Her latest book is Hold Me Tight: Seven Conversations for a Lifetime of Love. Website: http://www.ocfi.ca/.
1. Outline key aspects of therapy that promote emotional engagement
2. Formulate key interventions that change how clients engage with themselves and others
3. Discuss the implications for effective change in individual and couple therapy