the mechanism of crying, and craft an effective therapeutic response. In this workshop, we’ll explore how the onset and end of tears is related to the activation of the sympathetic and parasympathetic systems, and the practical do’s and don’ts that derive from that knowledge. You’ll learn why one of the most important questions to ask isn’t how clients are feeling when they cry, but what idea or memory induced the tears---usually a far more effective way of helping them understand and regulate their emotions.
Jay Efran, Ph.D., professor emeritus of psychology at Temple University, received the 2009 Distinguished Contributions Award from the Pennsylvania Psychological Association. He’s the coauthor of Language, Structure and Change: Frameworks of Meaning in Psychotherapy and The Tao of Sobriety.